Highlights from Design Miami/ Basel 2018 – It might seem unlikely that a series of 50 chairs by Gaetano Pesce would sell out in a day at Design Miami/, the high-end fair that accompanies Art Basel this week. The Italian designer, now 79, though highly respected by curators and collectors, is no household name. But get Raf Simons, the Belgian fashion designer and creative director of Calvin Klein, to add original American quilts to the chairs, et voila!
All of Pesce’s Feltri chairs — designed in 1986 and made by dipping the completed all-felt object into resin — were snapped up on Monday’s preview day. Each a one-off, they are priced from €8,000-€10,000.
Elsewhere, Design Miami is the usual mix of snappy contemporary creations and highly-priced artefacts which broke new ground 100 years ago. Pieces like Takashi Kuwata’s vase at Pierre Marie Giraud, which looks as thought it’s covered in blobs of bubblegum in an almost Paul MacCarthy-ish way, brush up against the dull Danish furniture at Dansk Møbelkunst. And though the booths of chic 20th-century French and Italian pieces remain a feature (and by all accounts, are selling at very high prices), they feel less essential to the fair — the more idiosyncratic pieces on display are simply more interesting.
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