Monday, September 22, 2014



Media contact: Brooke LeMaire
Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
305-667-1651, ext. 3392

Rendering of Satyendra Pakhalé’s Fish Chair collection at Fairchild


Coral Gables, FL, September 22, 2014Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is pleased to announce it will host an outdoor design exhibition from December 6, 2014 – May 31, 2015 featuring a limited edition collection of the iconic Fish Chair by designer Satyendra Pakhalé. As part of the annual Design at Fairchild, the exhibition will blend art, nature, and design together to create a space where visitors are welcome to interact with the pieces and the surrounding nature. 

Pakhalé, who is represented by the internationally renowned ammann//gallery from Cologne, Germany, has partnered with creative director Guilio Cappellini of the Italian design firm Cappellini, part of the Haworth Collection, to produce 99 limited edition Fish Chairs made in a special color specifically chosen to complement the neighboring tropical greenery. During the 2014-2015 Design at Fairchild season, the exhibition will be curated by Cristina Grajales of New York’s Cristina Grajales Gallery. Fairchild’s 8-acre Arboretum will house the pieces, where they will be surrounded by more than 700 species of tropical flowering trees. 

The Fish Chair exhibition will open concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach, Design Miami, the opening of Fairchild’s new Adam R. Rose and Peter R. McQuillan Arts Center, and the opening of the Art at Fairchild exhibition featuring glass sculptures by Dale Chihuly

Satyendra Pakhalé is from India and refers to himself as a “cultural nomad,” working out of the Netherlands and traveling to exhibit his collections in museums, galleries, and public spaces worldwide. He takes inspiration from his travels, the people he meets, and the cultures he learns from. He studied design at the Indian Institute of Technology and the Art Center College of Design in Switzerland. Later, he helped create the Master Programme in Design for Humanity and Sustainable Living at the Eindhoven Design Academy in the Netherlands. 

About Design at Fairchild
Created in 2012 to complement the long-standing program of Art at Fairchild, Design at Fairchild supports cultural enrichment and a connection between the arts and sciences. The program sets design pieces against the lush tropical landscape of the Garden to link art, design, and nature together in harmony. Curated by Cristina Grajales from inception, exhibitions have included Sitting Naturally, a collection of benches specially designed by different artists for the Garden, and sustainable woodwork by Brazilian designer Hugo França. Design at Fairchild is generously supported by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, Dr. Lin Lougheed, and the Aaron I. Fleischman Foundation. 

About Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden
Established in 1938 and comprising 83 acres in Miami, Fla., Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to exploring, explaining and conserving the world of tropical plants. The world-renowned plant collections feature palms, cycads, orchids, tropical fruit trees and more. Fairchild has the largest education program of any metropolitan area, reaching more than 200,000 schoolchildren each year with environmental programs like The Fairchild Challenge. It aims to inspire a greater knowledge and love for plants and gardening so that all can enjoy the beauty and bounty of the tropical world. Special events include Chocolate, Mango, Orchid and Edible Garden Festivals in addition to an annual art exhibition, concerts, plant sales and more. Fairchild is located at 10901 Old Cutler Road, Coral Gables, FL 33156. For more info, call 305-667-1651 or visit Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.