Snarkitecture’s Inflatable Fair Tent to debut at Design Miami
Snarkitecture’s tubular take on a classic exhibition tent is sure to be a highlight of Design Miami’s annual art fair this year. Visitors to the fair will be welcomed by Drift, a temporary pavilion made of a series of massive tubes that float above the ground plane. The tubes are transparent to let light and are strategically placed to create a main entrance and to provide circulation paths through the massive hall.
Intended as an artwork itself, Drift is said by its creators to evoke the form of a topographical landscape in suspension: an ascending mountain above an excavated cavern below. The lightness of the floating tubes underscores its enormous size, which is visible from a distance of several blocks.
Approached by inflatable structure manufacturer ‘inflate’, Snarkitecture was inspired to reimagine the material of the familiar white vinyl tent, via a large scale tubular landscape. Incorporating their reductive design methodology, the studio sought to create an unexpected moment of exploration for visitors entering and exiting the fair. The final design will feature a courtyard seating installation, which will serve as a place for visitors to relax, socialize and enjoy the view.
Design Miami, the global forum for design, is one of the premiere fairs for 20th and 21st century collectible design. Held December 5-9, 2012 in Miami Beach, Florida, this year’s program will see a 25% increase in galleries, representing both emerging and iconic design works from around the globe. The fair’s rigorous selection process ensures Design Miami’s ability to track and showcase the world’s most significant and groundbreaking furniture, lighting and objects d’art year after year.