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Art and architecture with a twist

Industry News | March 1, 2014 | By:

Art Basel, a celebration of modern and contemporary art, welcomed the design world to Miami December 5–7 for a sun-drenched revel among paintings, installations, photography, film and more. Architectural Digest magazine wanted to advertise its presence at Art Basel with a luxurious “oasis” area at the James Royal Palm hotel in South Beach—an easy, sunny location where people could relax between exhibits, eat, drink and socialize. The AD Oasis design joined furnishings, umbrellas, café groupings and lounge seating using the rich, saturated blues and neutrals of Sunbrella® fabrics with the classic whites of South Beach architecture in its fresh air setting.

Designer Mark Cunningham Inc. incorporated Sunbrella fabrics, manufactured and marketed by Glen Raven Inc., Glen Raven, N.C., in a unique shade installation, “Twisty,” with fabric panels that twist, creating shade or opening to allow light to shine on the guests. Twisty, created by architect Kevin Chu of Hong Kong/Beijing-based FABLAB Design, won the grand prize in the Future of Shade design contest sponsored by Sunbrella and Architizer, an online platform for architecture and design projects. “The build-out of Twisty at Art Basel—a place where the worlds of art and architecture combine—was an ideal location to bring this new design to life,” says Gina Wicker, design and creative director for Sunbrella.

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