The Twistiest, Fluffiest, Spikiest, Most Creative Statement Chairs Spotted at Design Miami This Year

published Dec 6, 2022
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Nilufar at Design Miami
Credit: James Harris

During this year’s Design Miami, 50 international exhibitors revealed their contemporary furniture collections as attendees from around the globe donned their best formal fits to attend the showcase.

Design Miami, the decorative furniture fair that occurs at the same time as Art Basel, was hosted last week in the Miami Beach Convention Center and explored the theme, The Golden Age: Looking to the Future. In case you weren’t in Florida to attend, I’ve rounded up five of my favorite statement chairs from galleries like Friedman Benda and the Wexler Gallery that caught my attention for their one-of-a-kind design.

It’s almost impossible to describe the beauty of Khaled El Mays’ Lotus Sofa. Its playful design belongs in the set of a Dr. Seuss film, and the explosion of colors on its sides pair well with any room’s color scheme. 

Designed by Ethiopian American designer Jomo Tariku, the black-and-orange Meedo chair resembles an Afro pick. Tariku recently had the opportunity to see his work featured in Marvel’s “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever,” and his pieces that highlight Afrofuturism have also been placed in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

TikTok’s whimsical fairycore and princesscore design aesthetics are no match for this furry furniture created by Mexico City-based designer Fernando Laposse. Designed with agave fibers, Laposse’s signature material for this animated armchair happens to be one of Mexico’s quickly disposable byproducts. 

In resemblance to a stylish pair of camo-colored pants, this Friedman Benda sofa — designed by Darren Romanelli — is coincidentally crafted from upholstered vintage quilts. Romanelli, who has collaborated with brands like Coca Cola and Converse, is known for his statement creations that highlight the combination of sustainability and upcycling. 

Created by Bradley L. Bowers, the Frank chair — inspired by the work of architect Frank Gehry — caught my attention for its unique shape. For Design Miami, the chair was donned with an orange and green upholstery and is available to purchase at the Emma Scully Gallery in New York.