Design Miami/ Basel welcomes fourteen Curio presentations, the most in the fair’s history, for the program’s tenth iteration “The gallery presentations and Curio program this year offer the highest level of quality, bringing together works that display innovative design practices consistent with the fair’s theme of Elements: Earth, alongside rare, iconic and historically significant offerings,” says Aric Chen, 2019 Curatorial Director, Design Miami/Basel.

With fourteen Curio presentations, Design Miami/ Basel’s 2019 program is the most extensive in the fair’s history.


Armel Soyer presents Remember by Olga Engel

Designer Olga Engel creates a playful universe of contemporary and fundamentally dreamlike forms that are tactile, understated, elegant, and joyful. Her work combines cheerfulness and minimalism, yielding to a manner of figurative representation imbued with irony and nostalgia.


Atelier Swarovski presents Crystal Blind by Studio Brynjar & Veronika and Slanted Tiles by Study O Portable

Atelier Swarovski, Slanted Tiles by Study O Portable, 2018 ©2019 DesignMiami/
Atelier Swarovski, Slanted Tiles by Study O Portable, 2018 ©2019 DesignMiami/

The Atelier Swarovski homeware lines include functional and decorative tabletop objects, home accessories, and gifts created in collaboration with the world’s leading design talents. Design duo Brynjar Sigurðarson and Veronika Sedlmair’s Crystal Blind is a series of bespoke prismatic slats in pure crystal that reflect and refract a rainbow of light and color. Study O Portable’s Slanted Tiles is a series of surfaces that exploits the emotional impact of crystal as a material.


Boghossian presents Gold Thread

The Gold Silk by Boghossian 2019 at Bohossian
The Gold Silk by Boghossian 2019 at Bohossian

Silk, being the most precious good traded on the Silk Road, is the fulcrum of both the stand and the jewelry on display from Boghossian, a six-generation family of jewelers. Visitors will first discover a modern cabinet of curiosities held solely on silk cords, only to realize that the jewels were also conceived using a similar weaving practice, this time crafted from the last remaining pieces of an 18-karat gold silk.


Camp Design Gallery presents Three Characters in the Second Act: The Royal Family by Adam Nathaniel Furman

Three Characters in the Second Act: The Royal Family / Adam Nathaniel Furman, 2019/ Courtesy of Camp Design Gallery ©2019 DesignMiami/
Three Characters in the Second Act: The Royal Family / Adam Nathaniel Furman, 2019/ Courtesy of Camp Design Gallery ©2019 DesignMiami/

Camp Design Gallery will continue its collaboration with Adam Nathaniel Furman, showcasing a project realized with the historic Italian company Abet Laminati focused on contemporary collectible design through three specially commissioned pieces, each of which generates its forceful presence through the deployment of intricately patterned surfaces and intriguing architectures.


Caroline Van Hoek presents TOAST

TOAST/ Caroline Van Hoek, 2019/ Courtesy of Caroline Van Hoek ©2019 DesignMiami/
TOAST/ Caroline Van Hoek, 2019/ Courtesy of Caroline Van Hoek ©2019 DesignMiami/

Gallery owner turned goldsmith Caroline Van Hoek presents for the first time her own handmade work that is not haute cuisine, but low-fi slow food, inspired by toast: “basic, simple, the best ingredients” and “messy, juicy, and not seeking perfection . . . just seeking pleasure.”


Didier Ltd presents Paint It Black by Louise Nevelson

The American sculptor Louise Nevelson (1899–1988) is renowned for her bold, monumental abstract assemblages. This presentation of jewelry will include her personal pieces from the 1960s; pendants designed for the Opera Theatre of St. Louis’s 1984 production of Cristoph Willibald Gluck’s Orfeoand Euridice formed from crushed tin cans, fishing floats, and beads; and pendants and brooches made shortly before she died, which have never been exhibited.



An exceptional collection of unique pieces by Italian architect Piero Portaluppi (1888–1967), created in 1926–29 for a private home, will be presented alongside a 1936 chandelier by Carlo Scarpa (1906–1978) for Venini, a very rare lamp from the 1960s by Gino Sarfatti (1912–1985), and a 1980s Sforzesca armchair by Studio Gavina. In dialogue with these historical pieces will be two debut contemporary works by Pierre Marie Agin.


Galerie SCENE OUVERTE presents Phantasmagoria

Galerie SCENE OUVERTE will present two ceramic artists whose works remind us of the evocative qualities of clay. Célia Bertrand will show two monumental lamps inspired by nature, with graphic lines in hammered iron softened by hand-applied white-gold leaves that lend a precious quality to this otherwise earthy material. Saraï Delfendahl’s ceramics, at once timeless and contemporary, imaginary and referent, give the object of art a metaphysical dimension.


Lindsey Adelman presents Paradise City

Lindsey Adelman’s new lighting collection, Paradise City – a network of slender rods that pin and bind hand-blown glass – finds inspiration from W. Somerset Maugham to Axl Rose, expressed through a visual language that recalls Helmut Newton’s famous photograph of model Nadja Auermann donning a menacing leg brace. The polished, architectural scaffolding creates an illusion of arresting change or stopping time and the hardware both supports and controls the natural gestures of the illuminated forms.


Mathieu Lehanneur presents Inverted Gravity

Inverted Gravity Collection by Mathieu Lehanneur 2017 at Mathieu Lehanneur ©2019 DesignMiami/
Inverted Gravity Collection by Mathieu Lehanneur 2017 at Mathieu Lehanneur ©2019 DesignMiami/

Mathieu Lehanneur will show a new collection of furniture that reveals a paradox of perception. Placed on blown-glass globes, monolithic and minimalist marble blocks will appear to be suspended. In a close dialogue with the Inverted Gravity collection, Lehanneur will also show the Twisted Infinity suspension and Bambou de Versailles parquet.


Nilufar Gallery presents FAR

Nilufar Gallery will present FAR, an initiative that subverts the established order of the gallery’s programs. FAR embraces the work of individuals who often operate collectively—forming, dissolving, regrouping, and ungrouping fluidly and openendedly. A temporary gathering of collectives that captures a snapshot of a new generation, FAR features works by Alberto Vitelio, Audrey Large, Bram Vanderbeke, Destroyers/Builders, Johan Viladrich, Julien Manaira, Michael Schoner, Odd Matter, Thomas Ballouhey, and Wendy Andreu.


Oscar Humphries presents Japonism

This exhibition celebrates masterpieces of Japonism by some of the greatest makers of the period (1880–1920). The influence that Japanese prints, paintings, decorative art, and the half-imagined Japanese way of living had on the Impressionist and modern art movements is well documented. Japan was the central aesthetic bedrock—new and “exotic”—upon which Impressionism and its satellite movements were built. The year 1858 saw the beginning of diplomatic relations between France and Japan, and this hitherto closed country began to open up. The European interpretation of Japan at that time differed, of course, from reality. Western artists and makers conjured up a Japan that was neither Eastern nor Western, but a romantic amalgam of the two.


Paul Hughes Fine Arts presents Confluences: From Ancient Andes to Bauhaus

After migrating to the United States in 1932, Anni (1899–1994) and Josef (1888– 1976) Albers began making frequent trips to Latin America, collecting ancient art from throughout the region, much of which remains in the public collections of the Josef and Anni Albers Foundation and the Yale University Art Gallery. This presentation will illustrate the Albers’ avid admiration of historic Andean textiles and their kinship with indigenous weavers in terms of aesthetic composition, color values, and technical skills.


Syz Art Jewels presents Dino Runes by Kerstin Brätsch

Part of Suzanne Syz’s program of commissioning contemporary artists to reenvision the jewelry box as sculpture, Kerstin Brätsch has produced an all-over wallpaper environment based on images of marble stones and by using marbling, a process in which water and ink forms a visual imitation of stone. Brätsch has superimposed on this background 3-D renderings of dinosaurs, juxtaposing an extinct ancient life with new technology, while also designing five unique amorphous glass jewelry cases filled with volcanic stones.

All the above information has been sourced from Design Miami/’s website, and press releases.

Design Miami/ ran from the 11th till the 16th of June, 2019.