Each year in June, Basel hosts a global forum for design, bringing together galleries, curators, critics, collectors and artists and designers that are shaping contemporary design culture. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fair, Design Miami/ Basel combines progressive programming and innovative collaborations with the latest in cutting-edge technology, as well as historical rediscoveries. This year’s program brings 46 galleries from 13 countries, including several gallery debuts, as the worlds of art and collectible design continue to merge.
Program highlights include exhibits by Caterina Tognon Gallery from Venice, known for glass art, and Tokyo furniture designer Nendo (Oki Sato) at Friedman Benda, as well as Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer. The curated program Design at Large will feature a number of reappraisals of the architecture of Italian luminaries Lina Bo Bardi and Gaetano Pesce, including Pesce’s iconic Dujardin children’s store on the Belgian coastline. The accompanying talks will reflect on Italian radical design of the 1960s that coincided with an era of political tension, as well as on the more recent #MeToo movement. Also to see: radical female textile artists, Jean Prouvé’s demountable houses and schools, and Zhang Zhoujie’s “freely grown” chairs, created in his Digital Lab with the use of AI.
Main image: Jean Prouvé/ Lift-up table with drawer (1943) and Cafétéria no. 300 demountable chair, (ca. 1950). Courtesy of Galerie Patrick Seguin and Design Miami/ Basel 2018.
Western influence in Japan has a fascinating and turbulent history. Architect Keith Little looks at how that complex relationship is embodied in Tokyo's Kyudōkaikan, one of the few buildings to survive the rapid economic growth of the twentieth century. Recent restoration of the complex was funded through an innovative business model, which reflects the temple's masterful blending of the old and the new
Eavesdropping is a part of life: we hear things that are not intended for us all the time. Yet the word’s meaning has changed over time. For our second collaboration with Liquid Architecture, sonic artist and researcher Sam Kidel has prepared us a mixtape that uncouples voice and personhood: “I created the mix as a tool for feeling into unsettled experiences of voice.”
Gregory Lorenzutti was working in Tacloban City when he met a group of young performers preparing for the first fiesta since Typhoon Haiyan had devastated the region, 18 months earlier. In this photography series, Lorenzutti captures the beauty of Filipino queerness, and the complex story of how LGBTIQ families were affected by the city's rebuilding