Forgoing the white walls of the traditional fair booth, Industry jumped across Collins Avenue into the Penthouse Suite of the Aqua Art Fair, the only hotel fair of Miami Art Week. Taking over the bedroom, kitchen, living room and bathroom, Industry reimagined the suite as an avant-garde, surrealist haven of color, sight and sound. The colorful textiles of Dutch artist Fraansje Killaars welcomed visitors into the bedroom suite with a magical woven bed; Geoff Mann’s iconic “Cross-Fire” tea set provided the perfect affair for the suite kitchen, and Elena Manferdini’s vinyl printed mirror set “Out of Focus” provided the perfect backdrop for a waltz into the world of fantasy and eye candy. Small works of 3D-printed art abound, with Francis Bitonti’s Molecular Shoes and Tobias Klein’s Metamorphosis Vase both quick to catch the viewer’s eye. Maarten de Ceulaer’s colorful plush Mutation Chairs nestled along-side Manferdini’s stainless steel printed Eye Candy Tables, both floating in visual sphere of digital art created by LA-based designer Dennis Delgado.
Industry’s immersive installation at the Aqua Art Fair attracted the attention of many art and design aficionados, including celebrity art and design consultant Maria Brito, who listed the gallery’s exhibit in her visitors’ guide for the week (http://www.elle.com/culture/art-design/tips/a20026/art-basel-miami-beach-guide/). The Robb Report also noted that Industry’s appearance at Aqua marked the first time in its 10-year history a design gallery would be among the fairs’ exhibitors (http://robbreport.com/LuxuryNewswire/art-collectibles/aqua-art-miami-debuts-10th-anniversary-edition).
Artdaily.org also made particular note of the gallery’s Penthouse Installation at the fair, and also the special “pop up” shop of gallery designer Jenny Wu and her 3D-printed jewelry, which proved to be one of the fair’s biggest draws. (http://artdaily.com/news/74999/Aqua-Art-Miami-2014-closes-with-record-attendance-and-sales-for-10th-anniversary-edition#.VL2CikfF83U)