With vintage Nordic, nobel wood, stone, ceramics and resin as mainstays – the 10th edition of Design Miami/ Basel (16 to 21 June) shed light on new modes of illumination. Presenting 46 international galleries, the world’s leading limited edition design fair yet again opened its doors to a wide range of programmes, including the relaunched Swarovski Designer of the Future award.
Employing the smallest crystal’s the Austrian jeweler has ever engineered, Terraforming by London-based duo Studio Swine offered up a dynamic look at an imaginary crystal planet through shimmering installations and edgy videos. Nearby, Spanish designer Tomàs Alonso’s 47° explored colour and form at the angle in with light refracts through glass.
Presented with Brussels-based Victor Hunt, Lumière by Commonplace Studio’s Jon Stam projected weather through oversized bulbs while Beirut-based Carwan Gallery profiled Lebanese designer Karen Chekerdjian. Her Trans|Form series invoked a metamorphosis of function through circular metallic forms with embedded offset lighting.
Along side Design Curio highlights – including Dzek’s collaboration with Max Lamb – André Balazs-curated Design At Large traced the history of modular housing. Next to the Ikea Foundation’s Better Shelter and Galerie Patrick Seguin’s Jean Prouvé Total Filling Station – Milan-based Nilufar Gallery showcased Shigeru Ban’s 2006 PTH–02. Composed of squared cardboard tubes, the tea house’s honeycomb structure echoed through the Olson Kundig-designed Outpost Basel collector’s lounge.
Pulling it all together, Design Miami commissioned Parisian maison extraordinaire Pierre Frey to develop a tropical-inspired identity – bags, shoes, wallcoverings and even pocket squares – evidence that Latin American and African trends are in full swing.
A trip to Basel would not have been complete without a pilgrimage to the Vitra Campus. This year, Camper teamed up with the industry leader for an entirely tech-integrated but also modular Kéré Architecture-designed pop-up shop – mounted within the Buckminster Fuller Dome.