Three Design Satellites at the 2013 fair in Basel have exemplified Switzerland’s robust and radical commitment to design – and the initiatives that are needed to push and sustain it. These programs represent the dynamism and innovation of Swiss designers and cultural institutions…
Every article of design has its story. The works present at Design Miami/ Basel 2013 weave fascinating narratives; they spring from all corners of the globe and span both centuries and custodial personalities. The provenance of the design works – who commissioned them and the lineage of ownership – imbues every work with a special quality.
From prehistoric Egyptian armlets, to the crowns of European royalty, to glittery bling rocked by present day starlets and moguls – artists have been designing jewelry to adorn the human body for time immemorial. Jewelers occupy a special place as both artists and designers in many ways, and there is also a long tradition of visual artists creating works for the purposes of wearing.
Daniel Arsham and Judith Seng are two artists who live between worlds. Though their practices differ in key respects, Arsham and Seng have overarching theoretical preoccupations with materials, production, and the social mores that define and constrain their presentation on and off a stage. On Thursday, June 12, they had a conversation at Design Miami/ Basel 2013…
“Emblematic of Jean Prouvé’s implementation of “constructive thinking”, the “Maison des jours meilleurs” is above all a true manifesto for the industrialisation of the construction process…”
The pieces on display at Design Miami/ Basel 2013 have included groundbreaking new work – but a robust dialogue about global design culture would be incomplete without a discussion regarding historic innovation. Three booths in particular at this year’s fair have built powerful displays of highly significant interior designers.
For Design Miami/ Basel 2013, we asked visiting instagrammers to show us their favorite work and moments at the fair…
Entering the ground floor of Design Miami/ Basel 2013, one sees a long, low-lying stage topped with an assembly line of equipment, dancers, and organically-shaped blue and green objects sitting on shelves. A plaintive, sparse melody rings out like clockwork as the audience watches in quiet reflection.
On Wednesday, June 12, Ginevra Elkann, President of Pinacoteca Agnelli, and Patrick Seguin gave personal accounts of their fascination with Jean Prouvé, and they discussed the significance of private museums in today’s cultural landscape in a talk titled The Power of Patronage.
Throughout the week, Artsy – the exclusive online platform for Design Miami/ Basel 2013 – has provided a wealth of information and coverage of the fair. Besides offering visitors a look at over 400 works that are present at the global forum for design, interested buyers can also browse works for sale, either directly from Artsy or via a simple contact form for galleries.