Design Design Miami/Basel 2014

Design Miami/Basel 2014

Design Miami/Basel 2014

Design Miami/Basel 2014 has opened at the Hall 1 Süd, Messe in Basel, Switzerland!

Design Miami/ Basel’s gallery program is supported by a stimulating
week of design commissions and collaborations. Highlights include a technically
audacious design commission Triangular Series for the entrance hall, design
collaborations sponsored by Audi and Swarovski, talks with leading industry figures,
and satellite events showcasing new technology and challenging ideas.

If you are in the area, make sure to see Design Miami/Basel !

More about this event here after the break…
Design Commission
Every June, Design Miami/ Basel commissions a monumental work by an early career architect or designer offering the site as a platform for experimentation and
engagement with the fair’s international audience. The Design Commissions are a
biannual event, taking place in December as part of Design Miami/ and June as partof Design Miami/ Basel.

Triangular Series by Jamie Zigelbaum
The forms that make up Jamie Zigelbaum’s Triangular Series resemble highly
evolved, hyper sensitized stalactites. Pulsating with light in concert and responding
with apparently animal-like intelligence to those sharing the space with them, 50
suspended tetrahedrons, some more that 4.5metres in height, will be scattered
throughout the space of the entrance hall to create an encompassing environment
for visitors as they arrive and depart the fair.

The simple yet refined tetrahedral forms of Triangular Series are the visible part of a highly sophisticated interactive design system. Using custom electronics and
printed circuit boards (PCBs), each form acts both as an individual synthetic
organism with digital senses, and as part of a gregarious family. Each form can
sense the distance of an object passing beneath it and will respond to the proximity
of visitors by modifying the quality of its light and the rhythm by which that light
pulses, like a kind of luminous respiration. The forms are programmed to be
sensitive to change in their neighbors, creating an anticipatory ripple of change as
people walk around the space.

The Triangular Series installation is realized through use of Perspex® Spectrum

Architectural Installation TT Pavilion by Konstantin Grcic for Audi
Audi unveils an architectural installation by Konstantin Grcic, inspired by the new
Audi TT coupé. One of the most influential designers of our time, Grcic’s TT Pavilion installation uses real elements of the Audi TT, such as the rear hatch, and is designed to be assembled and dismantled as required. Innovative Audi technology and automotive materials are combined with wooden elements to produce a structure that is at once space-aged and reassuringly familiar in design. Mounted on stilts, it could be sited in an urban landscape as well as in a natural outdoor environment.

Known for a design practice that is by turns serious and functional, unwieldy and
occasionally disconcerting, Konstantin Grcic’s works combine an industrial
aesthetic with experimental, artistic elements and form part of the permanent
collections of the world´s most important design museums. Audi is also proud
sponsor of Grcic’s major solo exhibition Panorama at the Vitra Design Museum near Weil am Rhein, on view through September 14, 2014.

#Audi #Architecture #TTPavilion #KonstantinGrcic

‘Prologue’ by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski
The latest collaborative work between Swarovski and the acclaimed London-based
designers, ‘Prologue’ is a monumental circular sculpture holding over 8,000 golden
Swarovski crystal droplets within a patinated steel frame suspended from a beam.
‘Prologue’s’ luminous ring mimics the iconography of the sun and it shimmers –
constantly reflecting and refracting light – as it gently moves. It is a powerful
representation of new beginnings and also a more abstract symbol of life and

Patrik Fredrikson and Ian Stallard formed their design partnership in 1995 and have become internationally recognized as leading exponents of British avant-garde design. They are admired for their ability to translate their vision into simple yet emotionally engaging furniture and product designs. ‘Prologue’ by Fredrikson
Stallard for Swarovski is the latest collaborative work between Swarovski and the
designers, and it is the second time Fredrikson Stallard have shown a dramatic
large-scale installation for Swarovski at Design Miami/ Basel. The Iris Collection
was presented in 2011.

Design Miami/ Basel’s Talks program, June 17-19 at 2:30pm and 5:30pm, presents
the design world’s most compelling current topics in design. Bringing together the
designers, architects, artists and critics actively influencing design discourse and
production, the Talks offer insight into what drives creative output, criticism and the

Wednesday, June 18/
2:30 pm
Fear of Missing Out: Design, Identity and the Politics of Information
Space Caviar in discussion with Amsterdam-based design research studio
Metahaven and Ben Vickers

5:30 pm
The Design Museum of the Future
Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum London, and Mateo Kries, Director of
the Vitra Design Museum, in conversation with Art and Design Writer Caroline Roux

Thursday, June 19/
2:30 pm
New Technologies, Human Experiences, and Ethics: Discussing Design’s Future
Commission recipient Jamie Zigelbaum and designer Yves Béhar in conversation
with Matthew Israel, Director of The Art Genome Project, Artsy

5:30 pm
Collecting Radical Design: A Spirit for the Unconventional
Dennis Freedman, Creative Director of Barneys New York and Curator of Design At
Large, in conversation with Rodman Primack, Executive Director of Design Miami/

In Wool We Trust/ ECAL
ECAL students, under the tutorship of Ronan Bouroullec and Camille Blin, celebrate the numerous qualities of Merino wool in unconventional ways, taking the diverse associations wool has within our daily life as a starting point. By experimenting and playing around with wool in its different states, the students used their open brief to create story-like and often inspiring installations through movement and dynamic forms.

FOMObile by Space Caviar at Design Miami/ Basel
Throughout the week, the FOMObile, a real-time publishing platform developed by
design collective Space Caviar, will be stationed at the ground floor entrance of
Design Miami/ Basel producing a time-based stream of magazines and taking the
form of our guest Insider journalist. Drawing from the cloud of electronic
interactions generated by the event to produce an exhibition-in-progress, the
FOMObile will transform the intangible media footprint, produced collectively by the
fair’s participants, into a visible body of collaboratively generated content — using
this media to question notions of privacy, self-representation and identity in the
context of 21st-century public space.

Inspired by Bruce Sterling’s statement that “events are the new magazines,” FOMO
is an attempt to produce a physical record of the rich yet fleeting bodies of physical
interactions and electronic debris generated by event culture, while playing on the
lurking “fear of missing out” (an inevitable by-product of the experience economy).

Creative Partnerships
Working as online partner to Design Miami/ and Design Miami/ Basel since 2012,
Artsy creates an online experience to complement the physical space of the fair.
Users on Artsy can explore the exhibitions and gain insights from gallerists, curators and collectors, opening up Design Miami/ Basel to its growing network of over 130,000 visitors around the world. Artsy’s mission is to make all the world’s art
accessible to anyone with an Internet connection, bringing together world-class
design, engineering and art expertise.
@Artsy #DesignMiamiBasel

do you read me?!
Celebrating its fifth appearance at Design Miami/ Basel this year, do you read me?!
invites you to a pop-up edition of its comprehensive research-library-bookshop. The iconic Berlin shop boasts hundreds of magazines, themed journals and books from all over the world – covering art, fashion, photography, design and architecture as well as literature, music, society and contemporary culture.

• Perrier-Jouët House of Champagne will showcase its prestigious collection
of Belle Epoque cuvées again this year, part of its partnership as the
Exclusive Champagne Sponsor of Design Miami/ Basel. Guests will be able to
treat themselves to a flute of Perrier-Jouët throughout the fair.
• First partnering with Design Miami/Basel in 2013, American Express returns
to Basel to present the VIP Program.
• Vitra, Official Furniture Partner since 2006, will design and provide furniture
for the lounges and public spaces throughout the fair.
• Nespresso, Official Coffee Provider, is a new partner of Design Miami/ Basel.
Nespresso coffee is served exclusively in all beverage service areas
throughout the fair and fair-related events.

Schedule of Events
Design Miami/ Basel
June 17-22, 2014
Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Messeplatz
Basel, Switzerland

Public Show Days
Tuesday-Wednesday, June 17-18/ 11am-8pm
Thursday-Sunday, June 19-22/ 11am-7pm

Design Miami/ Basel 2014 Tickets
Tickets can be purchased for entry to the fair Tuesday- Sunday, June 17-22
General Admission: CHF 25
Students & Senior Citizens: CHF 20
Combination Ticket to Art Basel: CHF 60

Free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served
June 17-19/
Designers on Site/ 2:30pm
Design Talks/ 5:30pm

About Design Miami/
Design Miami/ is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most
influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the
world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art
Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design
Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and
creating collectible design. For more information, visit

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