Design Miami Basel 2019 Guide
Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Design Miami Basel 2019 will run from June 11 to 16 at Messe Basel as a subset of the larger Art Basel fair. In case you are not familiar with Art Basel, it is the premier international art fair worldwide. It brings the international art world together, with the world’s leading galleries and works by over 4,000 artists. Art and design lover heaven!
Design Miami Basel 2019
This June will be the fourteenth edition of Design Miami Basel. With forty-five international galleries set to exhibit, debuting contemporary works, rare masterpieces, furniture and solo shows from historical and contemporary designers the fair is sure to delight and inspire all who attend!
At the core of Design Miami/is the Galleries/, a marketplace for collectible design, where the world’s leading design galleries present curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting, and objets d’art. The galleries invited to exhibit at Design Miami/ deal mainly in exceptional design objects from the advent of modernism (circa 1900) to the present day, with select galleries specializing in outstanding eighteen and nineteenth-century antiques.
Curio is an exhibition platform that invites designers, architects, curators, innovators, and gallerists to present total environments of objects, textures, artifacts, and ideas that challenge and contextualize familiar design narratives. This year, with fourteen Curio presentations, Design Miami/ Basel’s 2019 program is the most extensive in the fair’s history. Here are some exhibitions you can’t miss:
Armel Soyer presents Remember by Olga Engel
The Designer Olga Engel will create a playful universe of contemporary and fundamentally dreamlike forms that are tactile, understated, elegant and joyful.
Atelier Swarovski presents Crystal Blind by Studio Brynjar & Veronika and Slanted Tiles by Study O Portable
The Atelier Swarovski homeware lines include functional and decorative tabletop objects, home accessories, and gifts created in collaboration with the world’s leading design talents.
Boghossian presents Gold Thread
This installation highlights the dialogue between cultures and the extraordinary beauty that has resulted from multicultural influences. Silk, being the most precious good traded on the Silk Road, is also the fulcrum of both the Boghossian stand and the jewelry on display.
Camp Design Gallery presents Three Characters in the Second Act: The Royal Family by Adam Nathaniel Furman
Camp Design Gallery will collaboration with Adam Nathaniel Furman, showcasing a project realized with the historic Italian company Abet Laminati focused on contemporary collectible design through three specially commissioned pieces.
DIMOREGALLERY presents PIERO!
An exceptional collection of unique pieces by Italian architect Piero Portaluppi, created in 1926–29 for a private home, will be presented alongside a 1936 chandelier by Carlo Scarpa for Venini, a very rare lamp from the 1960s by Gino Sarfatti and a 1980s Sforzesca armchair by Studio Gavina. In dialogue with these historical pieces will be two debut contemporary works by Pierre Marie Agin.
Lindsey Adelman presents Paradise City
Lindsey Adelman’s new lighting collection, Paradise City, finds inspiration in disparate sources, from W. Somerset Maugham to Axl Rose, expressed through a visual language recalling Helmut Newton’s famous photograph of model Nadja Auermann donning a menacing leg brace.
Mathieu Lehanneur presents Inverted Gravity
Appearances can mislead and our perceptions tend to lie to us! Apparent fragility can hide huge resistance, and what seems massive may be lighter than it appears. Mathieu Lehanneur reveals a new collection of furniture that reproduces this paradox of perceptions. Inverted Gravity is a magic tour of the real world. Placed on blown-glass globes, the monolithic and minimalist marble blocks look to be suspended.
Oscar Humphries presents Japonism
This exhibition celebrates masterpieces of Japonism by some of the greatest makers of the period (1880–1920). The influence that Japanese prints, paintings, decorative art, and the half-imagined Japanese way of living had on the Impressionist and modern art movements is well documented. Japan was the central aesthetic bedrock—new and “exotic”—upon which Impressionism and its satellite movements were built.
Design at Large/
Presented annually at the entrance to Design Miami Basel, Design at Large showcases historical and contemporary design in ambitious, large-scale installations that exceed the spatial confines of a traditional gallery booth.
The 2019 program titled “Elements: Earth” aims to explore the role of design, materials and making in a post-nature Anthropocene future.
Developed by the fair’s Curatorial Director Aric Chen, nine galleries will participate in a group exhibition examining the age of the Anthropocene– the current geological epoch in which human activity has been the dominant force in affecting and altering the planet.
Design Miami/ collaborates with inspirations, partners and sponsors to present newly commissioned works of design at each fair. These collaborations are going to transform into installations, curated exhibitions and unique objects that celebrate design innovation.
The Design Talks program present’s the world’s most compelling current topics. It will bring together leaders in the world of design that actively influence design discourse and production.
Words by Rita Archer