Miami Weather Inspires Cloud-Like Pergola by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec
Silvery tinsel glittered on trees. Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop brand had a pop-up. Jeffrey Deitch and Larry Gagosian collaborated on an exhibition of abstract art. In other words, the Miami Design District was all abuzz during Design Miami and Art Basel Miami Beach. But one noteworthy debut still remains. It’s Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec’s permanent installation Nuage, which takes the form of a block-long pergola comprising five cloud-shape canopies. In the Bouroullecs’ joint statement, they cite inspiration from “the city’s. . . strong sun, wind, and rain.” Providing shade and shelter, the stainless-steel canopies are fitted with circles of blue or green glass that, with the movement of that tropical sun, creates an artful shadow play on the pavement below. Concrete vessels, meanwhile, offer seating and a growing environment for Miami’s “expressive plant life,” as the brothers call it.