Design Agenda – Miami Design/Basel 2012

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Design Miami is the global forum for design. Each fair brings together the most influential collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, USA each December and Basel, Switzerland each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.

The seventh edition of Design Miami/Basel is only a few weeks away and we are thrilled to share with you the official programming for this year’s fair. This June, Design Miami/Basel will expand its tradition of provocative cultural programming with a series of creative partnerships, Design Satellite Exhibitions, and the inspirational Design Talks series. Design Miami/Basel invites designers, enterprises and institutions to create unique exhibitions with strong curatorial and educational perspectives. A diverse selection of design is presented in the Design Miami/Basel satellite exhibits, from rare works by pioneering modernists to one-off and limited edition pieces by cutting-edge contemporary designers.

Highlights include 35 of the world’s leading design galleries that will present works from established and emerging design talent; 5 independent and emerging galleries will present works by individual designers or studios. Also, this year’s winners of the W Hotels Designers of the Future Award will participate in a panel discussion exploring their works and background, along with the new works they have created as award commission.

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For the first time, there will be design performances in Basel. FENDI will be presenting Craftica by Formafantasma. FENDI has invited Italian design studio Formafantasma to create a new body of work exploring leathercraft in conversation with other handworked, natural materials. The goal of the project is to reveal the essential, enduring beauty of leather and handcraft within the context of contemporary living. Swarovski is the main sponsor and it will present Beta by Eyal Burstein. In Basel, Swarovski Crystal Palace will present a new collaboration with Tel Aviv born designer Eyal Burstein that will unveil his latest exploration of the creative process.

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Design also Talks at Design Miami/Basel where you will see the introduction of the new Design Legacies series, which aims to explore prominent families that have had an impact on the world of collectible design. The talks will partner patrons, curators and philanthropists with designers in their current network. All Design Talks are free and open to the public.

Design Miami/Basel has partnered with AD France to host a series of talks aimed at highlighting important movements in design history. The AD France Master Class Talks series will gather experts in a variety of fields to provide visitors with insightful background information on important works, as well as collecting advice. The talks also aim to provide significant historical context for a number of important works on view in the gallery program. The moderator will be the journalist and curator, Cédric Morisset.

The Design Miami/Basel Collectors Lounge will provide a lush retreat from the busy fair week with rare and architectural plants from Swiss landscape architect Enzo Enea, interspersed within modern and contemporary furniture designs provided by Vitra.

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Perrier-Jouët joins Design Miami/Basel as the Exclusive Champagne Sponsor, a new partner. Perrier-Jouët has been passing on its artistic philosophy since its very foundation in 1811. Having started its artistic collaboration back in 1902 with French Art Nouveau artist Emile Gallé for the iconic anemones design on the legendary Belle Epoque bottle, Perrier-Jouët perpetuates its appreciation of fine art with its association with Design Miami/ Basel, which will also include a site-specific design project at Design Miami/ in December. The elegant champagne will be served within the Collectors Lounge and throughout the fair.

BE OPEN, the global initiative to foster creativity and innovation, is launching BE OPEN Inside the Academy, a new platform to showcase and honor recent achievements in educational approaches that promote real-world problem solving through creative design thinking. In collaboration with Design Miami/Basel in Basel, this June, BE OPEN Inside the Academy Installation is inviting a selection of top European design schools to present innovative design projects by outstanding students currently or recently enrolled. This program was created in order to draw attention to the importance of education today in nurturing the designers who will shape our world tomorrow.

For those unable to attend, you can still access all the latest news and developments  following DM/ on their Facebook page (Design Miami/) or on Twitter (@DesignMiamiBlog).

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