It’s that time of year again, when design enthusiasts, influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world gather at Design Miami/ in Basel, Switzerland in celebration of design culture and commerce. Taking place alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and in Basel Switzerland every June, Design Miami/ has become the leading venue for collecting, exhibiting, creating and discussing collectible design.
For its thirteenth edition, the fair is featuring forty-seven gallery presentations, ten curio installations, satellite exhibitions, talks and exclusive events.
As the fair is currently underway, Selections has decided to scour Design Miami/’s instagram and put together a couple of highlights to offer you an exciting virtual experience from the fair:
ENDANGERED by Porky Hefer
Who said design can’t be cuddly and environmentally conscious all at once? For his latest project, the South African designer Porky Hefer created five large scale, functional and sculptural designs of endangered species: sloth, polar bear, orangutan, blue whale and great white shark.
Presented by The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation, in collaboration with the SFA Advisory and Southern Guild Gallery, the project draws attention to topics such as then need to restore balance to threated ecosystems and communities, build climate resiliency and protect vulnerable wildlife from extinction.
If you manage to make it to the fair, you’ll get a chance to sit in, on and around these friendly sculptural creatures, while reflecting on the importance of their survival.
The Gold Grotto (1999) by Pierre Sabatier
Art, champagne and disco vibes are a part of our next stop on the list. New York’s Magen H Gallery has transformed a portion of the grounds at the fair with a massive sculptural wall piece, originally modelled for Monte Carlo’s legendary night club Jimmy’z, a playground for the international jet set, Formula 1 superstars and celebrities. A take on a 14th-century Italian grotto, the piece was sculpted by the late French artist Pierre Sabatier in 1999, and consists of stamped, folded and oxidised copper and brass. Paying homage to the work’s original location, the gallery is hosting a mini disco on its stand!
Lina Bo Bardi Giancarlo Palanti Studio d’Arte Palma 1948–1951 Presented by Nilufar Gallery
Enthusiasts of modernist architecture, are in for a treat with Milan’s Nilufar Gallery’s presentation of furniture by the prolific Italian-born Brazilian architect and designer, Lina Bo Bardi. Focusing on the work realized at the Estúdio de Arte e Arquitetura Palma, the presentation features the largest collection of Lina Bo Bardi’s furniture ever brought together. Originating in Brazil, these rare objects reflect the designer’s unique combination of the iconic and the everyday in her furniture.
CALVIN KLEIN presents/ An Expansive International Landscape
If the plethora of things to see and do at the fair becomes overwhelming, stop by Calvin Klein’s installation for a breather. Adorned with an array of patterns and colours and an authentic American barn house, you’re bound to feel transported once you wander through the fashion house’s rustically fashioned landscape. Envisioned by Chief Creative Officer, Raf Simons, a showcase of limited edition of Cassina Feltri armchairs and artwork by Andy Warhol throughout the space add to the overall vivid Americana charm of the installation, and are certainly a must-see.
Design Miami is on view in Basel, Switzerland through June 17.
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