DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL 2015 Report
ANIMALS AND GEOMETRIES
This year’s edition of Design Miami/Basel, the second year under the auspices of new director Rodman Primack, appeared more defined and mature than previous fairs. Elegant, as always, but with a clearer focus. The show ran from June 17 through 22 in a two-year-old exhibition hall just across the Messeplatz from Art Basel.
The galleries offered some of the greatest industrial design-inspired mid-century works, with pieces by George Nakashima, Jean Prouvé, and Mathieu Mategot leading the pack, followed closely by the art-influenced works of ceramicists George Jouve, André Aleth Masson, and Roger Capron.
Watches, jewelry and a collaboration between the fair and French textile brand Pierre Frey added a touch of the day-to-day-ness that is design at its core. And design with art at its core was very much present in pieces by Harry Bertoia, François-Xavier and Claude Lalanne, and Julia Lohmann.
One interesting visual theme at this year’s Design Miami/Basel was a notion of geometry as pure form. This was visible not only in the works themselves — including Karen Chekerdjian’s minimal metal light fixtures at Carwan Gallery, or Kristin McKirdy’s ceramics at Pierre Marie Giraud — but also in the linear layout of objects within the gallery spaces.
Another visual theme, animals, present at both Design Miami/Basel and Art Basel, was an exciting primal counterpoint, and made this fair one that referenced the basics of sacred geometry and nature.
London-based designer and architect Philip Michael Wolfson reported on Design Miami for MODERN Magazine.