Design Miami/Basel Recap

By danielle

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Here is a post from Kristin [Heaney] to recap Design Miami/Basel:

Now that Design Miami/Basel has just ended we are here to share with you some highlights from the fair.  As you might know, the show took place in Basel, Switzerland from June 14 to the 18, and was quite a success! People all over the world descended into Europe to check out the mind-blowing designs the fair had to offer. The show saw record-breaking attendance and the strongest sales they’ve ever seen since it started six years ago.

The show was visited by 20,500 people; including noteable collectors such as, Jil Sander, Naomi Campbell, Will Ferrell, Jean-Pierre Lehmann, Peter Brant, George Lindemann, Larry Gagosian, Rosa and Carlos de la Cruz, Sir Norman Foster, Dasha Zukhova and Ulla Dreyfus-Best.  There was also no shortage of top tier designers that attended the fair to showcase their work.  The exhibits were displayed in a “scatter” layout, which was created by New York based architects Aranda/Lasch, to allow people to move freely throughout the show in an entirely new way.

The gallery program was a huge hit, both institutional and private collectors were not shy about spending at this years fair.  Thousands of dollars (and euros) were spent on beautiful furniture, artwork and designs.

In addition to the galleries the fair offers Design Talks each year, which shed light on the topics of art, architecture, and design.  This year they discussed topics such as, pushing boundaries through private commission, diverse approaches to design, and designers of the future.

This year the “W Hotels Designers of the Future Award” winners were Asif Khan (in the UK,) Studio Juju (in Singapore,) and Mischer’traxler (in Austria.)  These three winners impressed viewers with futureistic technologies, such as an artificial cloud, a tent structure, and a machine which activated itself when shown attention by visitors.

Another highpoint of the show was the sponsor exhibitions, which included Design Miami/Basel’s partner for the event HSBC, and their exhibit, HSBC Connection Collection IV: Hella Jongerius’ “Daylight,” Swarovski Crystal Palace’s presentation of “Iris” and “The Vitra Design Museum:Zoom.”

There were so many more exciting events that took place at this year’s fair, and as you can tell from our recap, Design Miami/Basel 2011’s success has raised the bar even higher for all future shows. Let’s see if they can top this past week’s records at Design Miami 2011, coming up this fall!

Nacho Carbonnell's Outdoor Installation for Design Miami/Basel 2011

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