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INVENTORY 04 “TIME” DECEMBER 2ND - DECEMBER 7TH, 2013. MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT

As part of Art Basel Miami Beach 2013, Inventory presents TIME, an examination of the fragility, power, and varying dimensions of its namesake concept.

A multidisciplinary exhibit combining a broad range of mediums, TIME explores the human quality of its title. Though time is ultimately a man-made, self-constructed idea, it is this very fact that renders it special, as it speaks to the simultaneous power and frailty of humanity, and what we create to help ourselves understand it--much like design itself. The disparate designers in TIME work with a range of materials and ideology, but find themselves connected through their awareness of objects’ functions as signifiers of particular, emotional spaces in time.

Given the diverse meanings associated with time, a number of different sub-themes are explored in in the exhibition: fraught relationships, the changing landscape of technology, travel, environments both physical and emotional, collaboration. In Inventory’s fourth exhibit, such ideas take physical form in well-designed, aesthetically beautiful objects--furniture, wearable pieces, food--but the collective emphasis is less about their beauty and more about their inherent focus on time, fluidity, movement.

Inventory has always believed that the dialogues and discussion fostered by design are infinite, and in turn infinitely malleable. Perhaps one can reformat the concept of time by examining the ways others physically shape it. With the changing contexts and ideas offered by design, perhaps it is possible to intuitively believe in these pieces. Perhaps time can, momentarily, stand still.

DESIGNERS

1. Bower

2. Christopher Roy

3. Gabriel Delponte

4. Gt2p

5. Hector Esrawe

6. Studio Appétit

7. Marjan van Aubel & James Shaw

MANUFACTURES AND BRANDS

1. Chen Chen + Kai Williams for Tai Ping Carpets

2. Guto Requena from Coletivo Amor De Madre for Tai Ping Carpets

COLLABORATORS

1. Ana Pelucarte

2. Bell Design Factory

3. Emmett Moore

4. Luis Pons

5. Paul Clemence & Robert Landon

6. Rita Motta

7. Olek