DESIGN MIAMI 13th-18th June 2017

May 15, 2017 by Laura Gomez


Most global edition of Design Miami/ Basel to -date with 47 galleries representing 11 countries. Diverse offering in aesthetic and period including the introduction of Art Nouveau. First ever South American gallery to participate in Design Miami/ Basel, Mercado Moderno and significant exhibitions of Ettore Sottsass; André Sornay; Jean Royère; MAD architects of China; and Christ & Gantenbein architects of Switzerland.

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.

Design Miami is more than a marketplace for design, where the world’s top galleries gather to present museum-quality exhibitions of twentieth and twenty-first century furniture, lighting and objets d’art. Each show balances exclusive commercial opportunities with progressive cultural programming, creating exciting collaborations with designers and design institutions, panels and lectures with luminaries from the worlds of design, architecture, art and fashion, and unique commissions from the world’s top emerging and established designers and architects.

By continuously expanding and enriching its program, Design Miami/ seeks to not only satisfy the demand for a high-end design fair, but also to broaden awareness of modern and contemporary design, fuel the market for collectible design, and provide an exciting yet accessible destination for collectors and enthusiasts alike.


Design Curio is Design Miami’s new exhibition platform, which invites designers, curators, innovators and gallerists to present cabinets of curiosity throughout the fair. Each Curio reveals a total environment of objects, textures, artifacts and ideas that challenges and contextualizes familiar design narratives.

The program spans the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and emphasises surprising installations of scientific and technological research alongside handcraft and creative production. The Curios are interspersed amongst Design Miami’s core galleries, infusing the fair’s exhibition program with inventive snapshots of today’s design landscape.

Design at Large

Design at Large presents large-scale works of historical and contemporary design, showcasing ambitious architectural installations that feature both conceptual and industrial innovation. Design at Large is intended to be a site of discovery for visitors to Design Miami/ Basel, presenting a selection of works that explore a particular theme inspired by current topics in design. Each edition is curated by a global tastemaker with a true love of design and a keen eye for present and future icons.

The 2016 Design at Large program is curated by founder and editor in chief of Cabana Magazine Martina Mondadori Sartogo and focuses on the theme of landscape. It explores the connections between the built and natural worlds from a literal, poetic, scientific or technological perspective.

The program celebrates the beauty and bounty of nature through the varied perspectives of the participants and offers myriad visions of landscape and how architecture and design can accommodate, respect and enhance their natural surroundings.

Awards / Swarovski Designers of the Future Award

The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award honors a select group of promising young designers and studios who exemplify new directions in design culture. These young creatives work beyond pure product design and represent conceptually or technologically vanguard approaches, often assimilating ideas from multiple disciplines. The objective of the award is to offer these next-generation design talents the opportunity to present newly commissioned work to an influential audience of collectors, dealers, and journalists at Design Miami/Basel.

The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award winners are:

Takt Project: a multidisciplinary studio based in Tokyo, with a focus on reinvention and socially driven endeavors.

Jimenez Lai:a Los Angeles based architect who blurs the boundaries
between design, art, architecture, sociology and technology, imagining other worlds and design through telling stories.

Marjan van Aubel: a Dutch designer based in London who works with materials and objects to blend scientific precision with sensory responsiveness, specializing in solar power.

The award invites the winning designers to advance projects within their selected field using Swarovski’s diverse resources to develop a new prototype or design statement that is inspired or informed by crystal. This year’s recipients have been invited to create work that responds to a brief of ‘Shaping Societies’.

The 2017 Award introduces a new format, with designers selected based on their unique approach within one of three fields: architecture, technology and product design.

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