Emerging Trends in High-End Home Design at DesignMiami/

Celebrating 10 years, DesignMiami/ brought together thirty-five of the world’s leading galleries to showcase emerging home design trends.

Guest post from Hillary Hertzberg, member of the leading luxury real estate team The Jills®

People from all over the globe flock to Paris and New York City during fashion week to catch a glimpse of the upcoming trends strutting down the runway. DesignMiami/ is the exceptional collaborative runway for high end home design. Leading galleries from around the world come together to exhibit emerging furniture, lighting and design trends with museum quality displays. DesignMiami/ celebrated its ten year anniversary this year which brought together thirty-five of the world’s leading galleries. The result was an unparalleled platform for collectible design.


A clear theme this year was man’s relationship with nature as seen in powerful installations and moving design.

Within instants of entering the DesignMiami/ tent, you couldn’t help but feel the magnetic pull towards the Thinning Ice/ Jeanne Gang and Swarovski installation. Illuminated cracks in the polar white floor and a media wall of 25 LCD screens with different glacial images created an icy atmosphere, starkly different from the tropical warm weather outside the tent. Large white tables with pockets of crystal formed the center piece of the exhibit, representing the diminishing glaciers and holes in the polar ice formations. It was a truly beautiful display of a not so beautiful truth. The purpose of the exhibit was to get people talking about climate change and it did exactly that and more.



The installation “Ephemera, by Viennese designer Mischer’traxler for Perrier-Jouët, was comprised of a long wood table with a seemingly dull display of leaves, trees, insects and other plants and static mirrors on the wall. Suddenly, the installation came alive as the forms on the table rose up in full bloom. Then, in the next instant, they died back down, just as unexpectedly as they had risen. In a similar vein, digital leaves grew and shrank across mirrors at all different times showcasing the constantly changing stages and cycles of nature.


Another trend at the fair was the use of unorthodox and atypical materials for sculpture and furniture.

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. Or one man’s trash is what Jay Sae Jung Oh used to create treasured pieces. In her “Savage” series, she combines and tightly wraps various discarded objects together in a very intensive process to create an exquisite and luxurious finished product. Her Savage Chair piece, made of tightly wrapped leather, was appropriately positioned directly in front of the words “NEW & USED” on the wall of the display.

Year after year, the trends seen at DesignMiami/ make their way into homes across the city and way beyond. Looking forward to seeing what’s next!

HILLARY H HEADSHOT_2smallHillary Hertzberg is a real estate agent with The Jills®, the number one real estate team in America as ranked by the Wall Street Journal. 

Victoria Keichinger is the Director, Brand Marketing for Coldwell Banker Real Estate. When she's not managing national media and advertising for the Coldwell Banker brand at work, she finds herself most at home in Jersey City, NJ with her pre-school crush turned spouse (and baby on the way). A true francophile, she loves to travel and will go anywhere there are ski slopes.

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