One of the highlights on the global design calendar, Design Miami/ Basel, returns to Switzerland June 17 – 22 with an exhibition and events program studded with fresh perspectives on collectible design.
More than 50 galleries from across Europe and as far afield as Seoul, Moscow, Western Cape and Shanghai are set to come together to present exceptional contemporary, modern and historic works—along with varied installations and talks put on by the fair.
Side tables to be displayed at Design Miami/ Basel
The current cultural surge in Latin America has shown its influence and is a large theme in this June's gallery program with new pieces developed for Design Miami/ Basel from Sebastian Errazuriz and Hechizoo for Cristina Grajales Gallery and Milena Muzquiz for Salon 94, while R & Company presents a substantial selection of unique Brazilian Modern commissions by Joaquim Tenreiro.
"Every year Design Miami/ Basel gives collectors and design enthusiasts the chance to interact with the best in collectible design and the gallerists who are shaping this growing market,” said Rodman Primack, who is in his inaugural year as Executive Director of Design Miami/. “Whether it's museum quality vintage work or new limited-edition pieces from contemporary designers, the fair is exciting because it is not simply about a work that is seen, it is about objects with which we interact, it is about living and how our lives can be positively affected by the interaction with good design, old and new.”
Desk to be displayed at Design Miami/ Basel
Also at the heart of Design Miami/ Basel this year is a celebration of exchanging ideas—both between disciplines and between cultures. Exploring the aesthetic exchange between East and West, the fair looks back to orientalist French furniture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries at Steinitz, and forward to crossovers of contemporary design culture on display at Pearl Lam Galleries, and Tomás Alonso's spectacular tea garden installed at Victor Hunt Designart Dealer.
New this year is Design At Large, an exhibition platform that presents monumental installations that surpass the scope of the gallery booth. At each fair, a new curator will make a selection of works for the program. Selected works will be presented around the center oculus on Design Miami/ Basel's first floor.
Jamie Zigelbaum's Triangular Series
Every year, Design Miami/ Basel commissions a monumental work by an early-career architect or designer. This year, suspended from the ceiling of the entrance hall of the Herzog & De Meuron-designed Basel Exhibition Centre, the forms that make up Jamie Zigelbaum's Triangular Series resemble highly evolved stalactites.
Pulsing with light and responding with a unique sensitivity to the people sharing the space with them, 59 large, suspended tetrahedra of varying sizes will be scattered throughout the space.
Fredrikson Stallard's Prologue
Also on display will be Swarovski’s “Prologue,” a new large-scale installation created by Fredrikson Stallard. Prologue is a monumental circular sculpture holding over 8,000 golden Swarovski crystal droplets within a patinated steel frame suspended from a beam.
Finally, Design Miami/ Basel's cultural program for 2014 will offer a diverse forum for the exploration of ideas from the fields of design, architecture, fashion and technology. A full program of the fair's cultural offering of Talks, Collaborations, At Large Installations and Satellite Shows can be found online.
Design Miami/ Basel is open to the public from 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, and Wednesday, June 18. Show hours are 11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Thursday, June 19, through Sunday, June 22.