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Photo by James Harris, courtesy of Design Miami/.
Photo by James Harris, courtesy of Design Miami/.
Superblue presents "Shy Synchrony" by DRIFT, © Ossip van Duivenbode.
Superblue presents "Shy Synchrony" by DRIFT, © Ossip van Duivenbode.
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What to See at Design Miami/ Basel 2021

By Pearl Fontaine

September 20, 2021

Coinciding with Art Basel Week, Design Miami/ Basel returns with a hybrid in-person/online format from September 21—26, featuring for the first time the ability to view and shop the showroom floor virtually, in real-time. Once again at the Basel Messeplatz, the 15th edition of the fair will see more than 40 new and returning exhibitors, spread across general gallery presentations, a selection of Curio exhibitions, and the Design at Large sector, along with other programming like talks, tours, and a special presentation with Superblue.

This year surrounding the theme “Human Nature,” presenting galleries are using design to look at the evolutionary relationship between humans and their constructed natural world. New to the fair, visitors will find names like AGO Projects, Geoffrey Diner Gallery, Morentz, Hemmerle, and Bailly Gallery, who is sharing a dialogue between works by Pablo Picasso and the Giacometti brothers. Returning exhibitors will include those like Galerie Patrick Seguin, Jousse Enterprise, Friedman Benda, Angela Weber, and Galerie SCENE OUVERTE, bringing new debuts by Atelier Van Asseldonk, commissioned especially for the fair.

“Design Miami has always been the global forum for design, and as the Basel fair returns this year, we hope Human Nature will continue to prompt lively discussion through our talks and programming while offering another lens for looking at the work of our galleries and designers,” said the fair’s Curatorial Director, Aric Chen.

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Photo by James Harris, courtesy of Design Miami/.

Fairgoers will also find the largest iteration of the Basel Curio platform to date, including 14 presentations like the debut of Carpenters Workshop Jewellery, new design work from Harry Nuriev, and presentations from the Copenhagen-based Mariana Bruun, Seoul’s OKKIM STUDIO, and Todd Merrill Studio. Meanwhile, Design at Large welcomes monumental works and installations from six galleries including York Galerie Mitterand, Joseph Walsh Studio, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, Mathieu Lehanneur, Noemi Saga Atelier, and Laffanour – Galerie Downtown.

And finally, a must-see stop on your itinerary, Design Miami/ has partnered with Miami experiential art center Superblue to present DRIFT’s Shylights. Filling more than 8,000 square-feet of the Basel Messeplatz Event Hall, design duo Lonneke Gordijn and Ralph Nauta have conceived an all-encompassing experience where guests will be immersed in an upside-down forest, using the wonders of the natural world to offer a space of calm and contemplation.

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Photo by James Harris, courtesy of Design Miami/.
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