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10 designs that inspired us from Design Miami/ Basel 2013


This year Design Miami/ Basel celebrated its eight edition with an impressive roster of 40 international participants in the gallery programme and seven emerging galleries as part of the Design On/Site programme in a brand new venue designed by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron on Basel’s Messeplatz. We take you through some of the highlights from this year’s Design Miami/ Basel.

At the core of the Design Miami/ forum is a marketplace for collectible design, amid which the most reputable international design galleries present curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting and objets d’art, attracting the highest level of private and public collectors of historical and contemporary design. The exhibiting galleries at this year’s Design Miami/ Basel dealt mainly in exceptional design objects from the advent of Modernism (circa 1900) to the present day, with some galleries specialising in outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques.

Here is a list of our Top 10 favourite designs from Design Miami/ Basel 2013’s gallery programme.


Growth Chair

Designer: Mathias Bengtsson, 2012, for Galerie Maria Wettergren

Mathias is a Danish-born, London-based furniture designer who produces sculptural furniture which is visually pleasing and technically innovative. His works are closer to fine art than to traditional industrial design. Working with diverse industrial materials and processes, Bengtsson pushes forward the sculptural, technical, and philosophical possibilities of three-dimensional design

The Growth Chair was presented at the Galerie Maria Wettergren, which specialises in contemporary Scandinavian design and art. The Parisian gallery represents unique and limited edition works by Mathias Bengtsson amongst other designers and artists.


Wood Fossil Table 01

Designer: Nucleo , 2012, for Gabrielle Ammann Gallery

Nucleo is a design studio based in Torino, Italy. Nucleo is a collective of artists directed by Piergiorgio Robino, active in contemporary art, design and architectural fields.

The Wood Fossil Table is made from wood, epoxy resin. The table is a unique piece, exclusive to Gabrielle Ammann Gallery. The pieces in the fossil Wood Fossil introduce a new era of unique projects inspired by the destruction of matter as a result of time passing by.

Gabrielle Ammann Gallery is one of the foremost contemporary design galleries in Europe. And is known to exhibit iconic works by important designers and cultivates the best emerging designers.


Ribbon Chair

Designer: Pierre Paulin, 1966, for Jousse Entreprise

Pierre Paulin was a French designer who embraced complexity. What makes his designs so distinctive is their striking sculptural shape, which earned Paulin many prizes globally. He is one of few designers, from the 50s to the present day, who has never ceased to be modern. This chair is definitely one of our favourite pieces.

The iconic Ribbon Chair form 1966  is testimony to that. We love the fluid qualities of the design. It was on display at the Jousse Entreprise gallery. The French gallery has contributed to the growing recognition of designers such as Jean Prouvéand Pierre Paulin. Jousse Entreprise comprises two galleries: one dedicated to furniture from the 1950s and also from the 1970s; the other is dedicated to contemporary art.


Writing Desk

Designer: Finn Juhl, 1953, for Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery 

Finn Juhl was a Danish architect and industrial designer. The writing desk was designed in 1953 and was made up different elements: a drop-leaf made of rosewood, a metal tube supporting structure and a suspended four drawer cabinet. The writing desk is one of the most striking examples of modern design.

Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery specialises in twentieth-century Scandinavian design. The gallery takes its name from the Danish word for ‘furniture art’, a term that is rooted in the handicraft tradition and signifies a synthesis of aesthetics, utility and craftsmanship. The gallery is a leading authority in rare, original works of twentieth-century Danish furniture.


Pair of chairs

Designer: Eileen Gray, 1930, for Jacques Lacoste

Eileen Gray has been regarded as one of the most important furniture designers and architects of the early 20th century and the most influential woman in those fields. Her designs inspired both modernism and Art Deco. Her most famous work is notably the tubular steel Bibendum Chair, as well as the E-1027 glass and tubular steel table and the iconic rectilinear. We love the expressive and free nature of her work. The chairs we have selected are made from chromium-plated tubular steel frames and leather, from around 1930.

The Jacques Lacoste gallery specialises in twentieth-century decorative arts, the gallery has set out to promote French design of the 1930s and 1950s.


Block containers

Designer: Sylvain Willenz, 2012, for Victor Hunt Designart Dealer

Born in Brussels, Sylvain Willenz studied MA Design Products at the Royal College of Art in London. His designs creates clear and simple forms, finding inspiration in ubiquitous everyday objects and materials. We love the contemporary geometric shape of these containers – and they add a splash of colour to your interiors.

The Victor Hunt Designart Dealer has traded and curated contemporary design since 2008. The gallery’s services focus on the search for and production of limited editions from the most remarkable emerging creators. Willenz containers were selected by the gallery for exhibition.


Maison des Jours Meilleur

Designer: Jean Prouvé, 1956, for Galerie Patrick Seguin

Jean Prouve was a French furniture designer and architect. He is possibly one of the most influential furniture designers of the early modern design movement.

Galeria Patrick Seguin promotes French creators such as Jean Prouvé, Le Corbusier and Jean Royère throughout the world. This year, the gallery emphasised the scope of Jean Prouvé’s genius, presenting at Design Miami/ Basel 2013 the exhibition of the Maison des Jours Meilleurs (Better Days House), designed in 1956 for Abbé Pierre and which encapsulated perfectly Prouvé’s notion of the mass-produced detached house—durable, light, economical and comfortable—that he had been working on for almost 20 years.


1050 Lamp

Designer: Gino Sarfatti, 1951, for Galleria O

Gino Sarfatti was born in Venice in 1912, and studied aeronaval engineering at the University of Genoa. He was self-taught, and developed nearly 700 floor lamps, chandeliers, spotlights and other ‘light fittings’, as he called them, between the mid-1930s and early 1970s.

Galleria O., founded in Rome in 2009, exhibits Italian design of the twentieth-century alongside international contemporary design. The gallery programme has a focus on historical design from 1930 to 1970, and concentrates on the work of Gio Ponti, Fontana Arte and Ettore Sottsass, to name a few.

The Gino Sarfatti 1050 Lamp has been described like a casual constellation of different as found objects: the strange sculptured basement, the yellow spot and the pink round element on the top. We love the asymmetrical composition of the shade.


Iron board coffee table

Designer: Greta Magnusson Grossman, 1952, for R 20th Century

Grossman was a Swedish industrial designer and architect that designed houses, interiors, furniture, and lighting over the course of her prolific forty-year career. She has effortlessly fused her Scandinavian design with the laid-back lifestyle and furniture of southern California to produce some practical contemporary interiors, still relevant today.

R 20th Century is a New York-based gallery representing historical and contemporary design from the United States, South America, Europe and Asia. The gallery specialies in unique and rare vintage works by designers including Wendell Castle, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Poul Kjærholm, to name a few.


Low table

Designer: Giò Ponti, 1950s, for Nilufar

Giò Ponti was involved in many creative sectors, ranging from architecture, furniture design, ceramics, and glass, to publishing and writing. He also founded Domus, the influential design magazine.

This decorative table with its metal base is a piece of beautiful artistry and transcends some of his other work.

Founded in 1979, Nilfur is one of Italy’s most active galleries in the fields of historical and contemporary design and in the field of antique oriental carpets and furniture.

Did you attend Design Miami/ Basel this year? Have you been inspired by what you saw. Do you agree with our top 10. Join in the conversation we’re @adelto.

Images courtesy of Design Miami/ Basel

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