Today, we want to introduce to you a particular event – “the global forum for design” – that aims to bring all design and art’s experts in the same place to celebrate design in all its facets. Every collector, gallerist, designer, curator, and critic will rush to Switzerland from all over the world to embrace the artistic atmosphere that will reign over Basel. The event – given it wider reach -is divided into two different places: Miami (USA) in December and Basel in June: the best setting for not only high-end exhibitions of the 20th and 21st century furniture exhibitions, but also for discussion and creating design pieces, collaborations between designers and institutions and the most interesting panel discussions and seminars organized by the main names the world of design, architecture, art, and fashion have ever seen. Aren’t you curious about this design event? Keep reading for our DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL 2019 EVENT GUIDE!
DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL 2019 EVENT GUIDE
WHEN & WHERE
Located at Messe Basel, Halle 1.1, Messeplatz, the event will start on June 11th for seven days of celebration and awareness of modern and contemporary design. This year, Aric Chen has been appointed as Curatorial Director of this edition, with the purpose of overseeing exhibitions, installations and the possible collaborations between the two events Miami-Basel. As Chen said: “I am thrilled to join Design Miami/ and bring a new and different perspective to the fair. Design Miami/’s unparalleled position in the design world as a platform for innovation, education, and philanthropy is something I look forward to being a part of”. Mainly, the visitors will have the double opportunity of visiting the Galleries sector, more focused on design pieces starting from the Modernism to the present day (with a focus on 18th and 19th century antiques) and the Curio sector, that presents immersive installations with an emphasis on scientific and technological research, handcraft and creative production. 41 galleries from 12 countries, just waiting for you!
WHAT YOU CAN’T MISS
DESIGN AT LARGE
As the highlight of the entire event, Design at Large explore a topic of incommensurable value, chosen by the event: this 14th edition will be about “Elements: Earth”. This large-scale installation will describe how human and design will keep interacting in a post-nature, Anthropocene future and the result modifications of nature after the actions of human beings. How every human possibility needs to be evaluated in a critical way and the responsibility we need to take for the impact of human activity on the world. One of the best features of DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL 2019 EVENT GUIDE!
THE SWAROVSKI OF THE FUTURE AWARD
The winners of the Swarovski of the Future Awardhave been already delineated and like every year, even this 2019 edition will celebrate young and emerging designers that displays new concepts of the design’s future in three main categories ‘Architectural Surfaces and Building Materials’, ‘Home Décor’ and ‘Lighting’.
Shanghai-born installation artist Juju Wang will work in synergy with Swarovski on kinetic architectural facades and the use of water to reach calmness and depth; Studio Klarenbeek & Dros will present 3D printed crystal objects to emulate the reduction of the Arctic icecaps, due to global warming; Raffe Burrell, instead, will showcase lighting pieces inspired by waterfalls in the Tyrolean mountains, where the Swarovski’s historical headquarters are. Their installations will co-exist in one unique environment, exposed during the design event.
Founded in 1979 in Milan by Nina Yashar, for three decades Nilufar Gallery has been a landmark for all the contemporary design lovers and experts. The presented designers will be Franco Albini, Gio Ponti, Studio BBPR, Joaquim Tenreiro and, Jonathan Trayte. One of the gallery’s highlights will be iconic Triennale armchairby Gio Ponti – presented for the first time at the IX Triennale in Milan in 1951 – and the symbolic expression of the designer’s opposition to the modernist stigma of his time.
FRIEDMAN BENDA – BLEACHED II BY EREZ NEVI PANA
Friedman Benda is a vital platform capable of giving the best visibility to established and emerging artists and designers, always looking for the most innovative techniques and unique approaches. Bleached II by Israeli designer Erez Nevi Pana wants to be the visual consequence of mineral extraction at the Dead Sea. Utilizing the highly saline water of an industrial evaporation pond to submerge the aluminum structure of his furniture design wants to be a wider call – through the crystallized salt that now adorns the pieces – to the human-nature interactions and consequences.
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