The sixteenth edition of Design Miami/Basel opens to the public on June 14. With over 50 exhibitor presentations, the show will be presented in a hybrid physical and digital format, offering a range of digital programs, bespoke content and opportunities to shop directly online.
The theme of this year’s event is the Golden Age, and was curated by Maria Cristina Didero. The fair focuses on the past alongside today’s leading contemporary designers and manufacturers. Didero says, “Even during the toughest struggles, as a society we must always focus and strive to be better. We must remember that challenges have always driven humanity forward. Human beings have found answers to the world’s most pressing questions, often at times when the very roots of our lives are being tested by outside forces, over which we seem to have no control. In June, we will challenge these ideas – exploring how humanity’s perseverance, flexibility, resilience and adaptability have led us to innovation and hope. We need to continue this now more than ever.”
Alongside more than 30 international galleries including Friedman Benda, who will bring Mischa Kahn’s first solo presentation, Galerie Eric Philippe and Galerie SCENE OUVERTE, the Curio platform hosts an in-depth selection of galleries and designers presenting “cabinets of curiosities surprising”. that imbue the fair’s exhibition program with inventive snapshots of today’s design landscape. Special installations that are part of Curio include the MICA x LAB Gallery, which features a space for relaxation and contemplation built around Pierre Charrié’s chaise longue and Faina’s Un/Tamed, which offers a platform for Ukrainian design. modern. Here, Faina’s founder and designer, Victoria Yakusha, will present a selection of benches and textile pieces made from her signature material, ‘ztista’, an entirely sustainable mix of materials designed to one day return to nature. In collaboration with Rademakers Gallery, Kiki van Eijk will present “Altar of Imagination”, a work “celebrating the flexibility, resilience and adaptability of humanity”, and WKND Lab, from Seoul, South Korea, will showcase furniture created from traditional Korean materials and craftsmanship to explore how they might be more sustainable than those used in contemporary design practices.
Maria Cristina Didero also launched a new exhibition concept for Design/Miami called Podium, a curated sales exhibition of museum-quality works under the theme Golden Age: Rooted in the Past. With over 30 pieces that date back more than a century, the platform seeks “to explore a wide range of presentations of stunning pieces from different contexts, eras and geographies. Podium becomes a platform to think about how these pieces can spark conversations in today’s design scene,” says Didero.
A new program of special satellite projects will also take place this week, including an installation titled material cultureby Irish furniture designer and craftsman Joseph Walsh, Pulse topologya new work by Rafael Lozano-Hemmer, to be exhibited with Superblue.
As always, the show will feature daily talks and panel discussions with leading designers, creatives and thought leaders.
Golden age. Design/Miami Basel, June 14-19, 2022