In Review: Design Miami/Basel 2016

BY Harper's Bazaar Arabia / Jun 29 2016 / 19:00 PM

The 11th edition of the fair presented a distinguished showcase in Basel, Switzerland

In Review: Design Miami/Basel 2016

Reaffirming its reputation as Europe’s premier platform for collectible design, the latest edition of Design Miami/Basel 2016 exhibited a comprehensive selection of design presentations from Zaha Hadid and Swarovski Designers of the Future Award to key trends including Nordic design, the waveform and an art and design crossover. Here, Bazaar selects the top highlights from Design Miami/Basel 2016. 

Zaha Hadid Exhibition

Zaha Hadid Architects payed tribute to Hadid's participation at the fair throughout the years and contributions to the design industry with a showcase marking an array of key collections by the legendary architect, addressing fluidity, lightness, reflections and solidity illustrated in the Liquid Glacial Collection, the Marble Collection for Citco and the Mew table for Sawaya Moroni.

The Zaha Hadid showcase at Design Miami

Swarovski Designers of the Future Award

Debuting at the 11th edition of the fair, Swarovski Designers of the Future Award unveiled innovative design commissions which selected three emerging design talents to interpret the element of interaction between people and the design realm utilising Swarovski crystals. The recipients of the award included German-Icelandic duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika who explored natural light’s relationship with crystal through the Reflections on Water series. London-based sound artist Yuri Suzuki exhibited the crystal Orchestra installation, demonstrating sound’s relationship with crystals in harmonic frequencies. Dubai-based glass artist Anjali Srinivasan presented Unda, a rolling wave surface inspired by geological rock formations composed of glass and crystal elements, illuminated by the human touch. 

Dubai-based glass artist Anjali Srinivasan's Unda installation. Photography: Mark Cocksedge

Nordic Design

Scandinavia's finest were represented at Design Miami/Basel 2016 with several exhibitors. Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery showcased early Danish Modernism with a chest of drawers by Arne Jacobsen including a selection of lamps with fluid, organic lines by Palle Suenson. Galerie Eric Philippe featured Nordic design’s signature synergy with nature illustrated with wooden furniture by Axel Einar Hjorth and lighting by Paavo Tynell. Hostler Burrows presented a rare selection of mid-century ceramic work by Stig Lindberg and contemporary stoneware vessels by Kristina Riska.

Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery's presentation of Nordic design

The Waveform

A trend of fluid shape in design, identified as the waveform was demonstrated across Modern and Contemporary exhibitors at this year’s fair. Paris-based Galerie Matthieu Richard presented a dining table by Matthieu Mategot illustrating the distinct waveform design; Gallery ALL exhibited the iconic Wave Bench by designer Zhoujie Zhang; the Rocking Chaise Longue designed by Franco Albini was featured at Giustini/Stagetti Galleria O. Roma including the Long Chair by George Nakashima at Moderne Gallery.

Zhoujie Zhang's Wave Bench exhibited at Gallery ALL 

Art Meets Design

Galleries demonstrated the intrinsic connection between the aesthetics of art and design at Design Miami/Basel 2016. Gerrit Rietveld, a member of the De Stijl artistic movement showcased the Zigzag Chairs collection at Galerie VIVID. Florian Borkenhagen, the German sculptor and designer, featured sculptural lighting at amman//gallery. Betil Dagdelen designed furniture using artistic weaves at Cristina Grajales Gallery; artist Ai Weiwei debuted his jewellery design collection at Elisabetta Cipriani; the renowned sculptor, Alexandre Noll’s set of table and chairs were exhibited at Galerie Jacques Lacoste and Pierre Marie Giraud presented a screen by abstract painter and designer Nancy Lorenz.

Art and design aesthetics merge at amman//gallery

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Photography: James Harris. Words: Nada Bokhowa