DesignMiami/ Basel 2017:

The Best-of



From June 13 to 18, the event DesignMiami/ Basel 2017 has brought to light the best of designers by the best galleries around the world. A good way to make contact with the novelty and to tame it, or to rediscover with pleasure parts of the (past). Guided tour of the best of the DesignMiami/ Basel show...





ammann//gallery, Germany


This polished iron table was designed by Studio Nucleo and exclusively for the Ammann gallery. At the 2016 edition in Miami, the gallery had already presented the work of the studio with the incredible Lapilazuli Stone Fossil 03+04.



 Chamber, USA


It is also with pleasure that we found the gallery Chamber, which for this edition DesignMiami/ Basel 2017, brought to light the tribal and intriguing style of the Powder Table of the sculptor Carl Emil Jacobsen, as well as the bench Cassus, by Bertille Laguet, which is the culmination of a series of research on aluminum smelting. Great event, great design.



 Demisch Danant, France


On the vintage side, the Demisch Danant Gallery paid tribute to several personalities: first of all Jacques Dumont (armchairs above), French architect and decorator of the 45-60's, and whose architectural style is highly recognizable. Then, a series of designers who also marked their time as Etienne Fermigier (two left lamps), and Jean-Pierre Mignon.



Friedman Benda, USA


DesignMiami/ Basel 2017 is also an opportunity to showcase the great names of design that continue to influence the crowds these days. The choice of the gallery Friedman Benda therefore focused on Ettore Sottsass, our master at all in order to celebrate the centenary of his birth. The pieces presented are rare products and illustrate the various essential currents that have made the designer's career.



Kreo Gallery, United Kingdom


The desk Kreo Gallery used to expose designers who make the trends. This year, the crush is particularly focused on the Azo Table by François Bauchet, for its massive and sculptural style, with a certain audacity in color and material (composite of sand, concrete and resin). As well as the amazing Ice-Skating Bed by Jaime Hayon, the designer operate always between innovation and humour with precision.



 Maria Wettergren Gallery, France


At Maria Wettergren, the movement is in the spotlight. Between the Large Growth table by Mathias Bengtsson and High Grid Chair by Boris Berlin, it is as if the inert took life. We start to see them move and oscillate behind our backs...Isn't the suggestion better than reality?



Philippe Gravier Gallery , France 


The most interesting pieces of the collection Philippe Gravier are without any doubts these wired towers called Forest of Books, designed in 2016 by the designer SOU Fujimoto. An unexpected way to store your precious books by giving greatness and perspective to your spaces.



ALL Gallery, USA/China


The desk ALL Gallery specializes in the exhibition of the most experimental parts. In fact, in China, All was the first gallery to exhibit only pieces of furniture and objects only available in limited edition. On the occasion of DesignMiami/ Basel 2017, the gallery asked the architect Ma Yansong to create a very special collection... MAD Martian.



 FUMI Gallery, United Kingdom


The gallery presented one of the most beautiful stands on the show, and the Fonteyn Chair by Brooksbank & Collins is a product that will not be forgotten so soon. Nesting of green marble and veneered Oak, this massive but simple object is likely to find itself soon embarked on the most trendy projects... And with the Blankenau Side Table by Lukas Wegwerth, it is greatly appreciated that the stability of a table is finally questioned.



Maniera, Belgium


The gallery Maniera has exhibited many objects among which was the bench Brick Study III restaurant, by Studio Mumbai. Halfway between the search for a new design and the know-how of the past, this unique furniture has distinguished itself. Maniera principle is to collaborate with artists and architects on limited edition pieces, in search of new trends but also of authenticity.



 Sarah Myerscough Gallery, United Kingdom


Finally, we will of course retain theEnigmatum Desk by Joseph Walsh proposed by the Sarah Myerscough Gallery. For this series (also includes a chair and a wall shelf), the artist has broken down the wood into several layers, to better assemble them afterwards in order to give birth to an organic form, a unique partnership between man and nature.






 Oscar Humphries presents Theatro Mollino


This installation honors the work of the architect Carlo Mollino, a major actor of the 20th century, presenting to the visitor with a work of performance, architecture, cinema and photography. Featuring the famous armchairs designed for the RAI Auditorium, in Turin in 1952, this installation raises the question of seeing and be seen because it leads us in turn to be a spectator and then observed...



Supergufram presents Studio Job


On the occasion of DesignMiami/ Basel 2017, Supergufram, such as a tool put at the service of designers, offered the opportunity to Studio Job to go far in the experimentation of polyurethane foam. It is between industrial design and art that the duo has designed a series of limited edition pieces including the magnificent lunar cupboard that revisits their already well known wardrobe, Globe. The tracks are blurred, the studio tests our perception of reality and our habits in order to surprise us.



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Photographs: James Harris



Chloé Valette