Design Miami/ Basel
Catapulting off the momentum of Art Basel’s record breaking Basel show Design Miami/ Basel opened its ninth edition with a bang. In a spectacular show running from June 16-22, Design Miami/ Basel blew through all previous show statistics, attracting 26,600 visitors to view over 50 galleries from 13 different countries and the world’s top art gallerists and dealers. Among these were Larry Gagosian, Jay Jopling, Almine Rech, Jeff Poe, Edward Tyler Nahem, Bruno and Yoyo Bischofberger, Dominique Lévy, Nicholas Maclean, Gerard Faggionato and Ben Brown; architects including David Adjaye and Kulapat Yantrasast; economist Jean-Pierre Lehmann; collectors Marie and Joe Donnelly, Noam Gottesman, Dan Loeb, Pam and Dick Kramlich, Peter Brant, Beth de Woody, Adam Lindemann, Patrizia Sandretto, Re Rebaudengo and Alberto Mugrabi, Lauren Santo Domingo, Michele Lamy, Alice Tisch and Becca Cason Thrash.
Design Miami/ Basel sits easily at the pinnacle of collectible design markets with its remarkably diverse, museum quality mix of top-notch contemporary and newly commissioned work alongside iconic pieces from noted artists. For Design Miami/Basel’s ninth turn 1,000 plus twentieth-century objects by established designers were were featured providing muscle to the vibrant energy of emerging artists’ works and exclusively commissioned pieces. Expanding it’s offerings further, Design Miami/ Basel debuted the Design At Large program curated by Creative Director of Barneys New York Dennis Freedman and unveiled this year’s Design CommissionTriangular Series by Jamie Zigelbaum.
Quality reigned over quantity through tight editing that focused on scenography. Wall based works increased in popularity with Maria Wettergren’s delicate lace work Here, Now by Gjertrud Hals being a prime example. Marble and brass also continued their trend as a medium in contemporary design works as seen with the marbles of Massimiliano Locatelli at Nilufar and Aldo Bakker at Galerie Vivid. New materials like hair made an appearance at Studio Swine’s Hair Highway series at Pearl Lam Galleries. As always, fine craftsmanship in both wood and ceramic works like those at YMER&MALTA’s Marquetry editions are what Art Miami/Basel are known for.
Seizing the opportunity to market to Design Miami/Basel’s select and sophisticated crowd, Audi sponsored TT Pavilion, an architectural installation by Konstantin Grcic, which not coincidently paid ode to Audi’s new TT coupé. Grcic turned the amplification up on select elements of the TT’s coup, utilized Audi technology and natural wooden elements resulting in a dually outdoorsy but futuristic mothercraft mounted on stilts. Audi’s wasn’t the only brand commissioning works at the fair, FashionEdits’ favorite Swarovski funded Fredrikson Stallard’s ‘Prologue,’ a ceiling hung massive 1.2 ton steel ring golden glittering with 8,000 pear-shaped crystals meant to represent the rising sun sparkling down upon visitors.
Other corporations jumping on the marketing mecca Design Miami/Basel offered included Champagne producer Perrier-Jouët showcasing their Belle Epoque cuvées; American Express offering the VIP Program and Vitra, who designed and provided furniture for the lounges and public spaces throughout the fair.
2014’s Design Commission,Triangular Series, interactive suspended installation by Jamie Zigelbaum loomed over the Grand Hall. Imagine the awe of visitors entering Design Miami/Basel beneath a suspended empyrean of pulsating lights shooting out from cave-like tetrahedral forms in response to movement through the space.
Design Miami/Basel’s Design at Large Platform served as the fair’s centerpiece curated by Barneys Creative Director, Dennis Freedman. Large Platfor’s six installations were selected from open submissions by participating galleries including Jean Maneval’s space-age Maison Bulle 6 Coques (1965) from Jousse Entreprise, Eske Rex’s art-making apparatus Drawing Machine from Galerie Maria Wettergren, Sheila Hick’s color-fiber landscape installation Séancepresented by Demisch Danant, Chris Kabel’s bench of looped wood, Wood Ringfrom Galerie Kreo, Dominic Harris’s Ice Angel from Priveekollektie and Anton Alvarez’s bloated thread wrapped arches Thread Wrapped Architecture 290414 from Gallery Libby Sellers. Super-sized designs are always crowd pleasers and these did just that.
Design Miami/ Basel returns June 16-21, 2015 celebrating its 10th Anniversary.
By; Elizabeth Maher