Design Miami/ Basel 2019

Design Miami/ Basel returns for its fourteenth edition with Curatorial Director Aric Chen’s Theme of Elements: Earth


Friedman Benda gallery. Image courtesy of James Harris
From June 11, 2019 until June 16, 2019
Design Miami/ Basel returns June 11–16, 2019, for its fourteenth edition, featuring forty-one galleries from twelve countries. This year’s fair will be the first directed by Aric Chen who was appointed as Curatorial Director for 2019.
On the choice of Elements: Earth for the theme of the Basel fair, Chen said: “It's not just design's role in exploring materials, and ways of making, living, consuming and producing that have taken on new urgency as our impact on the planet becomes all too clear. Design and designers also help to articulate the future, and this year we want to highlight what designers are seeing as human activity continues to alter the very nature of Earth.”
Below are five highlights in advance of the upcoming fair, including Design at Large, the central manifestation of Aric Chen’s curatorial theme.
Looking Ahead: Five Highlights Design at Large
Design at Large showcases large-scale works and installations. The 2019 program will explore the role of design, materials, and making in a post-nature, Anthropocene future.
The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award
The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award returns to Basel for the fifth year, honoring promising young designers or design studios who will explore crystal innovation and sustainability in three categories: lighting, architectural surfaces, and home decor.
Genetic Metropolis at Friedman Benda
Friedman Benda will present Genetic Metropolis: Projects 2007–2019, a solo exhibition of the seminal Italian architect, designer, and theoretician Andrea Branzi, showcasing the gallery’s ten-year collaboration with him.
Scandinavian Design at Galleri Feldt
Copenhagen-based Galleri Feldt’s presentation will focus on innovative and groundbreaking Scandinavian design. A highlight will be the very rare 1936 Tired Man by Flemming Lassen, acquired from the original owner in its original upholstery, a chair considered to be among the most important early modernist works of Danish design.
Gio Ponti at Nilufar Gallery
Nilufar Gallery’s selection of vintage and contemporary pieces will include the Triennale armchair by Gio Ponti, the iconic expression of his “ultimate shape” concept designed in declared opposition to the modernist dogma of his time and originally showcased at the IX Triennale in Milan in 1951.
Design Miami / Basel 2019 
Basel, June 11–16, 2019
Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel Switzerland