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Unique by Design: A Sneak Peek into What's In Store at the Upcoming Design Miami/Basel

Three arms wall light by Robert Mathieu, 1950s, at Galerie Meubles et Lumières, Paris
(Courtesy Of Gallery Meubles et Lumieres)

With nearly 50 presentations by some of the world’s leading galleries of historic and Contemporary design, the 13th edition of Design Miami/Basel will be held from June 12-17 alongside Art Basel. An important highlight will be the Curio Program, returning for the fourth time to Basel, which will feature 10 presentations, distinct from the gallery program. Inspired by the Renaissance-era idea of a “cabinet of curiosities,” Curio installations will be small-scale, immersive presentations by brands and institutions.

The presentations in the Curio Program include “Design from the Ancient World” by Galerie Chenel and Oscar Humphries; French lighting, 1950-1980, by Galerie Meubles et Lumieres; “Ettore Sottsass: Una Piccola Stanza” by Ivan Mietton; “Of Shadow and Light” by Nadia Morgenthaler Haute Joaillerie; “Precarious” and “Magma” by Mexican design collective EWE Studio, and a Mexico-LA collaboration featuring designers Emiliano Godoy, Hector Esrawe and Brian Thoreen; “Baby Shimmer” installation by Dominic Harris of Priveekollektie Contemporary Art | Design (Huesden, Netherlands); home decor and chandelier collection by Swarovski; “Magnifying,” a jewelry box by Swiss artist Sylvie Fleury, presented by Syz Art Jewels; an installation by Vincent Beaurin; and “A New Layer Taiwan,” featuring collaboration between Taiwanese and several international art directors and designers.

Within the gallery program, the fare on offer would include debut and commissioned pieces, woven structures such as textiles, fine jewelry, chandeliers, ceramics, and other unique works.

Because Design Miami/Basel is a top art fair, it draws the biggest names in the business. Many booths will showcase unique, rare and one-of-a-kind works. For instance, the Parisian Galerie Jacques Lacoste will present a low table that was created by Jean Prouve (1901-1984) and Jacques Andre (1901-1985) as part of a six-piece garden furniture set presented at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques in 1937. Another Parisian gallery, Galerie Patrick Seguin, will also present a rare Prouve work — a lift-up table designed by the legendary French designer in 1943, the only example of the design he ever created.  

In the same section, Galleria Rossella Colombari from Milan, specializing in Italian 20th-century design and furniture, will present a 1940 side table by the architect Franco Albini (1905-1977), designed for the entrance of the Neuffer family villa in Ispra, on the coast of Lake Maggiore. Also part of the custom furnishings made by Albini for the Neuffer family villa is a rare X-shaped coffee table designed for the Neuffers’ daughter’s room at Giustini/ Stagetti. That table set the tone for some of Albini’s later day, iconic work. Galerie Pascal Cuisinier, also from Paris, will present a rare — and the only known model — of a 1955–56 lacquered metal and ash table by A.R.P. (Pierre Guariche, Joseph-Andre Motte, Michel Mortier). Galerie Matthieu Richard from Paris, specializing in 20th-century French furniture, will present a one-off architectural cabinet from 1958 by Mathieu Mategot (Hungarian-French, 1910-2001), that came from his home and studio at Bourron-Marlotte, near Fontainebleau.

The New York-based Magen H Gallery will present a more Contemporary work. It will showcase a large-scale sculptural wall piece, titled “The Gold Grotto.” It was created by Pierre Sabatier in 1999 for the famous nightclub Jimmy’z Monte-Carlo.

Another 1999 work is showing up at Galerie Mitterrand from Paris — Claude Lalanne’s masterpiece bed, made on a special commission in that year, is on view for the first time.

In the section featuring debut and commissioned works from Contemporary artists and designers, Friedman Benda will present a solo exhibition by Nendo, a Japanese design firm, founded in 2002 by Oki Sato. The exhibition, called “Watercolor Collection,” will feature an 18-piece metal furniture collection inspired by the effects of watercolor paint on paper.

London-based Elisabetta Cipriani, a gallery that specializes in “wearable sculpture” or artists’ jewelry, will present a wall installation of a debut line of necklaces by Ania Guillaume. Rotterdam-based Galerie Vivid will showcase the works of Olivier Van Herpt, a young Dutch designer who has developed 3D printed porcelain vases inspired by traditional Delftware. At Gallery Maniera from Brussels, architect Anne Holtrop debuts Barbar tables made entirely of Italian silver travertine. Todd Merrill Studio from New York will show new work by John Procario made specifically for Design Miami/ Basel –– furniture and sculptural lighting composed of micro-laminated, cold-pressed bent wood.

The textile showcase also promises to be rich and varied with innovative materials and a combination of ancient and contemporary techniques. Hostler Burrows from New York will present artist Louise Hederstrom’s oversize installation –– part wall hanging, part rug – that was designed in collaboration with Kasthall. R & Company, also from New York, will showcase two carpets from Dana Barnes’s “Woven Forms” series, in which she has manipulated the surfaces of 18th-century Persian carpets with a unique felting technique. Demisch Danant, with offices in New York and Paris, will present work by well-known textile artist Sheila Hicks. This section will feature presentations by other established galleries such as Cristina Grajales Gallery (New York), Lebreton (San Francisco), and Maria Wettergren (Paris).



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