Design Miami/ Basel presents

The Icons

Basel MesseplatzBasel, Switzerland

Sep 21, 2021Sep 26, 2021

Explore significant historical objects by the legends in our field. These pieces—and their makers—have defined the design canon to date.

Curated by Wava Carpenter
1

Frank Lloyd Wright Copper Table

presented by Galerie Eric Philippe

Galerie Eric Philippe

Frank Lloyd Wright

No American did more to usher in the modernist design movement than Frank Lloyd Wright. His pioneering approach influenced generations who followed. He designed this patinated copper table for the Price Tower in Oregon—the legendary architect’s only skyscraper.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
2

Alberto Giacometti Lampadaire Modèle Figure

presented by Bailly Gallery

Alberto Giacometti

$500,000.00

The 1930s brought a decisive turning point in iconic sculptor Alberto Giacometti’s relationship with the decorative arts—following an auspicious encounter with French interior designer Jean-Michel Frank. This Giacometti lamp comes from the collection of the famous Hungarian–French photographer Brassaï.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami
3

Charlotte Perriand Asymmetric Bookshelves

presented by Jousse Entreprise

Known for her collaborations with luminaries like Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret, and Jean Prouvé, French architect-designer Charlotte Perriand was a visionary in her own right who disseminated sophisticated modernist design around the world. These iconic bookshelves were produced for a project in Mauritania.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
4

Pierre Jeanneret PGI Table

presented by Jousse Entreprise

Le Corbusier’s cousin and collaborator Pierre Jeanneret oversaw the massive modernist development of the city of Chandigarh in India in the 1960s. This desk was produced for the PGI Hospital there.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
5

Pierre Paulin Elysée Floor Lamp

presented by Jousse Entreprise

In 1969, French designer Pierre Paulin was commissioned by the Mobilier National to renovate the interiors of President George Pompidou's private residence in the Palais de l’Élysée. This visionary lamp design resulted from that project.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
6

Carlo Mollino Desk designed for Lattes Publishing House

presented by Galleria Rossella Colombari

Even amidst the rich design talent of postwar Italy, architect-polymath Carlo Mollino stood apart. Everything he created seems to be imbued with a unique charisma. This desk is part of a suite of furniture that Mollino designed for the Lattes Publishing House in Turin in 1954.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
7

Campo & Graffi Games Table

presented by Geoffrey Diner Gallery

Though less remembered than many of their contemporaries, postwar Italian designers Franco Campo and Carlo Graffi studied under the great Carlo Mollino—and it shows in their sculptural, biomorphic forms. This one-of-a-kind piece was created for a private villa in Turin in 1951 and was exhibited at Les Années 50 at the Centre Pompidou in 1988.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
8

George Nakashima Triple Cabinet

presented by Geoffrey Diner Gallery

This rare cabinet by George Nakashima embodies the Japanese-American designer-maker’s commitment to honoring the inherent beauty of nature. The piece showcases an expert synthesis of natural forms with versatile structure while preserving the spirit of the material.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/
9

Gunnar Asplund Library Chairs

presented by Angela Weber Mobël

Gunnar Asplund is Sweden’s godfather of modernism, an early adopter of rationalist approaches to design. He created these elegantly simple yet functional chairs in 1928 for Stockholm’s public library.

Wava Carpenter

Curatorial Director, Design Miami/

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