(All Photos: Theo Richardson/Rich, Brilliant, Willing)
Find yourself wandering Design Miami discouraged by the price tags on the likes of Studio Job‘s Bavaria-inspired marquetry table (at Moss, booth 16)? Feeling inadequate in the midst of collectors writing five-figure checks for meta-art that makes your head spin, like Vik Muniz‘s photograph of a Cindy Sherman untitled film still (at Sikkema Jenkins, Art Basel booth D13)? Proceed directly to the Box Top Shop, which is chock full of limited-edition design objects that are much, much easier on the wallet than, say, Ai Weiwei‘s massive wedding cake-cum-light sculpture at Mary Boone (Art Basel booth F7). Box Top is no mere pop-up shop; it’s a four-day retail experience. Open through Saturday in Miami’s Design District (4141 NE 2nd Ave.), the ephemeral emporium is the collaborative effort of I.D. Magazine, Areaware (our favorite purveyor of extraordinary things), and “quintessential lifestyle navigator” Charles & Marie.
The interior of the 2,300-square-foot shop was designed by Rich, Brilliant, Willing, the Manhattan-based design firm of Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alexander Williams (who also did the ever-so-lovely photography for Areaware’s freshly redesigned website). It’s a clever celebration of shipping materials, with multi-tasking cardboard boxes and tape serving as display surfaces, storage, and design elements while allowing the entire shop to be assembled in a single day.
So what’s for sale? From Areaware comes 22-karat gold, copper, and chrome versions of Harry Allen‘s iconic Pig Bank, Rollerstop, and Banana Bowl, any of which should fit in one of I.D.‘s limited edition of 300 tote bags ($50 each) that feature exclusive graphics by Konstantin Grcic, Tord Boontje, and Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec. Meanwhile, Charles & Marie offers a new series of Yoga Chairs by Lucas Maassen made especially for the shop. Conclude your afternoon of design retail therapy by relaxing in the shop’s lounge (furniture by Vitra) and knocking back a Bionade organic soda. Don’t forget to tell them that UnBeige sent you.