Equal parts marketplace, living museum and open forum, Design Miami/ is returning for its tenth year alongside Art Basel from June 16 to 21 in Switzerland. Tech innovations, product collaborations and a newly launched award are just a handful of this year’s brand-new offerings. Read on for the highlights:
Chromatropic, a new textile designed by Design Miami/ in collaboration with Pierre Frey, captures the colorful energy of Miami with original, hand-drawn patterns taken from Pierre Frey’s archives and collaged with a camo-inspired design that conjures the heat and the excitement of the city. In addition to informing the fair's aesthetic, the textile will also appear in a Hentsch Man–created capsule collection, with the Hentsch Man anorak, hat and sneakers available in limited edition, as well as a specially produced J. Crew Chromatropic pocket square, on sale at the on-site Basel pop-up store.
Hentsch Man items feature a special Pierre Frey-Design Miami/ textile.
Artsy is bridging the gap between art lovers from afar and the fair as the exclusive online partner of Design Miami/ Basel by displaying works from participating galleries online via the website and app. The Artsy app will also help exhibit attendees plan their visits, contact galleries, research exhibitors and pieces and navigate the fair’s many features. (Download the app.)
New this year, the Swarovski Designers of the Future Award honors up-and-coming designers and studios that embrace and expand on the use of technology in design. The award’s inaugural year winners include Tomás Alonso and Studio Swine, based in London, and Elaine Yan Ling Ng from Hong Kong. Commissioned by Swarovski, new work from these winners will debut at the show.
Alonso, Alexander Groves and Azusa Murakami of Studio Swine, Yan Ling; courtesy James Harris
Available to the event's VIP guests, the new-to-Basel Design Talks series invites industry luminaries to share their experiences and contemplate the future of design in the Olson Kundig–designed Collectors Lounge. Discover the full lineup:
Tuesday, June 16
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Pierre Frey: From Then to Now
Patrick and Pierre Frey, along with Cabana magazine founder Martina Mondadori, address how historical textile design is interpreted today, as well as the significance of weaving and patternmaking in tribal culture.
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Design at Large curator André Balazs, Ivan Harbour, partner at RSH+P and Johan Karlsson, founder of Better Shelter, serve as panelists on this discussion of modular architecture as well as its current role and its adaptability.
Murray Moss and Rodman Primack during a talk at Design Miami/ 2014.
Wednesday, June 17
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Collectors Lounge designer Tom Kundig talks about “super-charged architecture” that defies commonly held limits.
2:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Created in China: Public + Private Partnerships and the Future of Design and Architecture in the Pearl River Delta
5:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Rethinking the Material
Tony Chambers, editor in chief of Wallpaper magazine, moderates a discussion with the winners of the first-ever Swarovski Designers of the Future Award on how they use new materials as well as traditional materials in unexpected ways.
Thursday, June 18
6:00 to 7:00 p.m.
Making Africa—A Continent of Contemporary Design
Amelie Klein, curator of Vitra Design Museum’s new exhibition “Making Africa—A Continent of Contemporary Design,” talks about two years of exhaustive research into African design practices with two designers from the continent, Ifeanyi Oganwu and Pierre Christophe Gam.
Learn more about Design Miami/ in Basel online.