Book it now: Design Miami/Basel
by Zoe Dickens
If you’re looking for the cutting edge in design, interiors, architecture and fine art for your superyacht we suggest you hop on a private jet to Switzerland this week. Design Miami/Basel, the sister fair to Art Basel, will be setting up its summer home in the Swiss city until June 21, promising exhibitions, talks, panels and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers.
Exhibiting at the 10th anniversary edition will be 46 world-leading galleries, including 12 of the fair's original 17 founders. Highlights include the Louisa Guinness gallery which, alongside a new group show of specially commissioned artist-made jewellery, will be exhibiting pieces by Anish Kapoor, Ron Arad and Clause Lalanne, and London's Gallery FUMI, who will be showing new designs from furniture luminaries including Sam Orlando, Brooksbank & Collins, Glithero and Lukas Wegwerth. The now well established Swarovski Designers of the Future award will also be returning with a host of inspiring and innovative design from deserving winners Studio Swine, Tomas Alonso and Elaine Ng Yan Ling.
The 2015 fair is also being used to launch Design Miami's new Design at Large programme, curated by André Balazs, which aims to draw attention to works of design conceived on a large scale. Its inauguration will present works by Sheila Hicks, Jean Benjamin Maneval's bubble house and a prefab filling station by Jean Prouvé.
Also new for 2015 is Design Curio, an exhibition platform, which invites gallerists, designers and curators to present cabinets of curiosity to be interspersed among the fair’s main exhibition space. Themed broadly around the 20th and 21st centuries, the idea is to expand the show’s remit and make space for objects that would not normally be found in the gallery programme. Highlights include an examination of food culture by Sibylle Stœckli and Igor Krestovsky’s furniture created for Soviet house-communes.
For those privileged with VIP access, a series of intimate Design Talks panels and discussions will be taking place for the first time in the Olsun-Kundig designed Collectors Lounge. With industry leaders giving their insights on the drivers behind a designer’s creative output, critiques on new pieces and invaluable market advice, this is a must for those looking to invest.
Design Miami/Basel takes place from 16-21 June 2015 in Basel, Switzerland. Visit basel2015.designmiami.com for tickets and information.