The fourteenth edition of the world’s highest rated vintage and collectible design fair is back in Basel
A new feature of the 2019 edition is the participation of Aric Chen, internationally renowned curator based in Shanghai, as Curatorial Director. This one-year assignment includes the organization and supervision of all exhibitions, galleries and collaborations both in Miami and Basel.
The theme of this year’s exhibition will be the Earth and the relationship between design and designers, on the one hand, and nature, its evolution and transformation, on the other.
The main events of DesignMiami/Basel 2019 are 5: Design at Large, Swarovski Designers of the Future Award, Genetic Metropolis at Friedman Benda, Scandinavian Design at Galleri Feldt, Gio Ponti at Nilufar Gallery.
Swarovski Designers of the Future Award
Swarovski Designers of the Future Award will be back in Basel for the fifth time. Young designers or practices presenting particularly interesting, innovative and sustainable works in the fields of lighting, architectural surfaces and furniture will be awarded.
Genetic Metropolis at Friedman Benda
New York-based Friedman Benda gallery presents Genetic Metropolis: Projects 2007–2019, an exhibition dedicated to Andrea Branzi, displaying the works created during the 10 years’ collaboration with the gallery.
Scandinavian Design at Galleri Feldt
Copenhagen-based Galleri Feldt presents some of the most interesting Scandinavian works, including Tired Man, by Flemming Lassen, 1936, an armchair that is an iconic piece of Scandinavian design.
Gio Ponti at Nilufar Gallery
Milan-based Nilufar Gallery offers a selection of vintage furnishings including Gio Ponti’s Triennale armchair, exhibited during the IX Triennale in 1951.
Lastly, Design at Large will be dedicated to large installations and works.
Gallery Trends and Curio
A special section, Debut Works, includes new collections and special editions curated by various galleries. Maniera, a Brussels-based gallery, launches a second collection of chairs designed by Studio Mumbai, inspired by the Indian craft tradition, Italian frescoes and Egyptian artifacts, using bamboo, brick, obsidian stone and Japanese Washi paper.
An authentic paradise for design collectors, DesignMiami/Basel also organizes exhibitions to rediscover modernist architects and designers, until now known only among professionals. Among the dedicated exhibitions, this year the Side Gallery presents several works by Mexican architect Luis Barragán, famous for his colorful and bright architectures.
Lastly, Dimore Gallery will participate with Piero!, a collection of unique pieces by Piero Portaluppi, created between 1926 and 1929 for a private home, alongside a chandelier designed by Carlo Scarpa for Venini in 1936, a lamp by Gino Sarfatti (1960) and a Sforzesca chair by Studio Gavina (1980). [Roberta Mutti]
DesignMiami/Basel, 11-16 June 2019, Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel