Design Miami/ Basel 2018: Gallery Program and Curio Lineup – In its thirteenth edition, Design Miami/ Basel, 12 to 17 June, features nearly fifty presentations curated by the world’s leading galleries dealing in historic and contemporary design, alongside ten Curios, distinct from the gallery program, characteristic of smaller, immersive displays, each focusing on one particular theme.
Unique, Rare, and One-of-a-Kind Works/
Several galleries are showcasing unique midcentury furniture by some of the most renowned designers and architects of the era. Galerie Jacques Lacoste features a low table created as a part of a unique sixpiece garden furniture set by Jean Prouvé and Jacques André originally presented at the Exposition Internationale des Arts et Techniques in 1937. Galleria Rossella Colombari features a 1940 side table designed by architect Franco Albini 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, of the like that would go on to characterize some of Albini’s most iconic pieces. At Galerie Patrick Seguin, a lift-up table by Jean Prouvé from 1943 is on view, the only example of this design he ever created.
A 1955–56 lacquered metal and ash table by A.R.P. (Pierre Guariche, Joseph-André Motte, Michel Mortier) at Galerie Pascal Cuisinier is the only known model. Galerie Matthieu Richard showcases a one-off architectural cabinet from 1958 by Mathieu Matégot that originates from his own home and studio at Bourron-Marlotte, near Fontainebleau. On the more contemporary end, Magen H Gallery exhibits a large-scale sculptural wall piece, The Gold Grotto, created by Pierre Sabatier in 1999 for the famous nightclub Jimmy’z in Monte Carlo, on view for the first time. At Galerie Mitterand, Claude Lalanne’s masterpiece bed, made on a special commission in 1999, will be revealed for the first time.
Debut and Commissioned Works from Contemporary Artists and Designers/
For the fourth year running, Friedman Benda presents a solo exhibition at Design Miami/ Basel, this time by the celebrated Japanese design firm nendo, founded in 2002 by Oki Sato, which debuts Watercolour Collection, an 18-piece metal furniture collection inspired by the effects of watercolor paint on a paper surface. Elisabetta Cipriani features a wall installation of a debut line of necklaces by Ania Guillaume, which are as much artworks as they are wearable. Olivier van Herpt, a young designer from Holland, developed 3-D printed porcelain vases inspired by traditional Delftware exclusively for debut at Galerie VIVID.
Kwangho Lee shows The Shape of a River Series for the first time at Salon 94 Design, a series that exposes simple forms through his materials: joined industrial copper sheets under tremendous heat. After three years of exhibiting at Design Miami/, The Future Perfect debuts at Design Miami/ Basel with brand new works from Chris Wolston and John Hogan––Wolston’s aluminum wall installation makes a distinct statement, while Hogan’s latest collection of glass furniture showcases the artist’s ability to transform the material. At MANIERA, architect Anne Holtrop debuts his Barbar tables, made entirely of Italian silver travertine. Todd Merrill shows new work by John Procario made specifically for Design Miami/ Basel––furniture and sculptural lighting composed of micro-laminated, cold-pressed bent wood.
Trends in Textiles/
Galleries offer a rich and diverse selection of textile works, including many incorporating innovative materials and mixing traditional techniques with contemporary influences. At Hostler Burrows, artist Louise Hederström’s oversize installation––part wall hanging, part rug––was designed in collaboration with Kasthall and investigates both the naiveté and creativity of adolescence. R & Company has on view two carpets from Dana Barnes’s Woven Forms series, in which she manipulates the surfaces of ca. 1900 Persian carpets with a unique felting technique, while Demisch Danant shows work by iconic textile
artist Sheila Hicks. Cristina Grajales Gallery showcases Betil Dagdelen’s bench and ottoman set that combines traditional weaving techniques with innovative materials and improvisational patterning. At Lebreton, sculptor and fiber artist Magdalena Abakanowicz’s 1964 work in woven sisal and horsehair is featured. Maria Wettergren shows Astrid Krogh’s Layers of Ambiguity, 200 meters of handwoven computer cables stripped of their insulated coating, revealing layers of highly reflective silver and copper wires.
Hidden Gems: Jewelry on View/
Both contemporary commissioned works and hidden gems newly on the market make up the jewelry offerings this year. Galleria Antonella Villanova features Daniela Boieri’s Lines of Life, made using the Japanese shibuichi technique. Twentieth-century jewelry gallery Siegelson’s impressive pieces include an iconic 1937 amethyst starfish brooch by Juliette Moutard for Jeanne Boivin––each arm is articulated so that the brooch subtly reproduces the crawling motion of a living starfish when worn.
Artist Flavie Audi collaborated with the jewelry designer Noor Fares on the wearable project Superlunary, which fuses Flavie’s symbiosis of the synthetic and the natural with Noor’s minimal aesthetic, creating pieces in hand-carved stone inlaid with artificial and natural gems, synthetic resin that swallows natural stones, and silver with resin molded by a 3-D printer. Ornamentum presents a selection of new works created by Karl Fritsch specifically for Design Miami/ Basel that combine precious and ordinary materials with ease; gold, diamonds, and rubies find themselves juxtaposed with steel nails or set to look like eyes in a face with a protruding tongue.
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