Preview: Design Miami/ Basel 2023!

Design Miami

An inside look at next month’s highly anticipated fair

In just one month, Design Miami/Basel opens the doors to its 17th edition, and we could not be more excited! This year’s iteration runs June 13-18 at Basel’s Messeplatz, and brings together world-class historic and contemporary design pieces from over 26 esteemed galleries from around the globe.

The latest fair will take on a new, focused format, intended to spotlight many of the galleries that have established—and continue to shape—the market for collectible design as we know it today, alongside esteemed newcomers such as Galerie Gastou (Paris) and Foreign Agent (Lausanne).

Paolo Palluco & Mireille Rivier Merry-Go-Round n°1 chair (1988); Photo courtesy of Ketabi Bourdet Design. Floor Lamp LC VII by Le Corbusier (c. 1956); Photo courtesy of Galerie Downtown-LAFFANOUR

As Grela Orihuela, Design Miami’s Senior VP of Fairs, explains: “This special edition of Design Miami/ Basel presents an exciting opportunity to reflect on the past, present, and future of our flagship Swiss edition. Together with our participating galleries, we look forward to celebrating the fair’s history as a platform that has helped uncover and establish some of the greatest names across both historic and contemporary design, while continuing to spotlight new and emerging talent.”

Detail, Jean Prouvé Daybed (c. 1950); Photo courtesy of Galerie Patrick Seguin

Highlights include a series of exhibitor spotlights on legendary historical design figures. Galerie Patrick Seguin (Paris), for example, will present a highly anticipated selection of works by Jean Prouvé. Meanwhile, Morentz Gallery (Waalwijk, Netherlands) will showcase works by the likes of George Nakashima, Jose Zanine Caldas, and Paola Buffa. Galerie Meubles et Lumières (Paris) will focus its presentation on French avant garde designers of the 1950s and 60s, including Olivier Mourgue. And Galerie Gastou (Paris) will make its debut in the gallery program with an eclectic array of brutalist and surrealist historic works, including pieces by Dominique Zimbacca, Ateliers de Marolles founder Jean Touret, and Ugo la Pietra, among others.

George Nakashima Minguren II Coffee Table in Oak Burl and Walnut; Photo courtesy of Morentz

Elsewhere, a series of presentations will showcase historic and contemporary works side by side, charting the impact of design legends on today’s standout talents. In this spirit, Friedman Benda (New York) will debut Iconoclasts and Icons, a survey of the evolution of contemporary design over eight decades, framed through the work of ten visionary designers, including Wendell Castle, Ettore Sottsass, Estudio Campana, Samuel Ross, and Faye Toogood, among others. Galerie Downtown-LAFFANOUR (Paris) will exhibit 20th century design masterpieces by Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, and Serge Mouille, in conversation with contemporary works by designers like Ron Arad and Choi Byung Hoon. And Mouvements Modernes (Paris) will explore the evolution of design history from the late 20th century to the present day, through works by the likes of Garouste & Bonetti, Fabien Petiot, and Daniela Busarello. The gallery—which was founded in 2002 by Pierre Staudenmeyer, who also founded the Néotù gallery, a precursor to the collectible design scene in Paris in the 1980s that existed til 2000—will use the occasion to pay tribute to the Néotù and its ongoing legacy.

Wendell Castle Squid Chair with Table (1966); Photo by by Daniel Kukla; courtesy of Friedman Benda and Wendell Castle Inc.

A number of presentations will honor today’s most cutting-edge designers. Galerie kreo (Paris) returns to the fair to present the best of contemporary design and original vintage lights from talents such as Virgil Abloh, Marc Newson, Gino Sarfatti, Hella Jongerius, and Alessandro Mendini. Meanwhile, Galerie Maria Wettergren (Paris) will present a collection of Scandinavian and Japanese contemporary designs by Akiko Kuwahata and Ken Winther that celebrate craft, art, architecture, and design. Foreign Agent (Lausanne) will make its Design Miami/ Basel debut with works by acclaimed contemporary African designers—including outstanding pieces by Mozambican artist-designer Gonçalo Mabunda and Ouagadougou-born Hamed Ouattara.

BOLIBANA (2022) by Hamed Ouattara;Repurposed Engine Oil Drum Sheet Metal. Photo courtesy of Foreign Agent. Ouattara transforms local, discarded objects into modern designs that carry stories of environmental injustice and global consumerism.

Reflecting on the intimate relationship between craft and design, Pierre Marie Giraud (Brussels) will exhibit new artworks and hand-picked collectible designs from leading artists in ceramics and glass, alongside Japanese crafts including lacquer and bamboo. Glass artist Ritsue Mishima will showcase her luminous Medusa (2016), while Kristin McKirdy will present a selection of her figurative vessels and small sculptures of biomorphic forms.

From left: Water Abstract (2020) by Ritsue Mishima; Photo: © Francesco Barasciutti. Cibles (2016) by Kristin McKirdy; Photo © Hugard & Vanoverschelde. Images courtesy of Pierre Marie Giraud

Specializing in the marriage of contemporary designs with traditional craft, Galerie SCENE OUVERTE (Paris) will showcase designers and artists that place materiality at the heart of their works, including Hervé Langlais and Studio TERRE. And Galleria Antonella Villanova (Florence) explores exceptional craft through the work of internationally-known jewelry artists. Each presented designer offers a new aesthetic and conceptual interpretation of traditional jewelry designs—exploring innovative techniques, and using often-ancient practices, alongside contemporary materials and forms.

Alongside the gallery presentations, Design Miami/ Basel will also present programming highlights, such as a Special Satellite Project by jeweler Caroline Van Hoek, an interactive installation by artist Cyril Lancelin, and a presentation by UAE-based Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council. Van Hoek’s presentation, At the Skatepark, will feature jewelry inspired by skateparks, showcased in a booth entirely covered in graffiti by David Neirings.

Deck Rings (2023) by Caroline Van Hoek, composed of Randy Colvin used deck parts, silver and gold. Photo courtesy of Caroline Van Hoek

Cyril Lancelin’s Flap³ (2023), meanwhile, is an interactive artwork that explores the relationships between viewer, artwork, and technology. Flap³ uses 12 Soli radar sensors—a miniature radar developed by Google ATAP that understands human motions at various scales—to allow viewers to influence the form of the artwork, and create a unique, ever-evolving shape through their movements and speed. The presentation creates a dialogue between the viewer and the artwork, animating gestures and interactions.

Irthi Thaia Chair; Photo courtesy of Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council

Finally, Design Miami/ Basel welcomes UAE-based Irthi Contemporary Crafts Council, which works to empower local craftswomen who practice traditional Emirati crafts, ensuring the preservation of indigenous craft heritage for future generations. The Council will exhibit a research-based presentation that demonstrates the ongoing effort to question and uncover ways of making and consuming within the domestic and built realms. Through in-depth gastronomy research, Reem Saif Almazrouei will offer up a collection of Emirati inspired tableware created through a range of different weaving techniques and motifs inspired by the UAE crafts heritage. Meanwhile, Ghaya Bin Mesmar will present a collection of chairs created through an exploration of palm-based weaving techniques, dyes, and materials.

See you in Basel!


Pendulum floor lamp by Sabine Charoy (c. 1974) and Djinn chair by Olivier Mourgue for Airborne (c. 1968). Photos courtesy of Galerie Muebles et Lumieres

Visiting the Fair/

Tickets for the fair are available here.

Can’t make it in-person? Design Miami/ Basel will also be made digitally available through an immersive 3D tour created by Matterport technology; digital visitors will be able to access the tour via from 13th June.

Design Miami/ Basel 2023 Participating Galleries/ 

Angela Weber Möbel

Foreign Agent

Friedman Benda

Galerie DOWNTOWN Francois Laffanour

Galerie Eric Philippe

Galerie Gastou

Galerie Jacques Lacoste

Galerie kreo

Galerie Maria Wettergren

Galerie Matthieu Richard

Galerie Meubles et Lumières

Galerie Mitterrand

Galerie Pascal Cuisinier

Galerie Patrick Seguin


Galleria Antonella Villanova

Galleria Rossella Colombari

Gokelaere & Robinson

Jousse Entreprise

Ketabi Bourdet Design


Morentz Gallery


Pierre Marie Giraud

Thomas Fritsch-ARTRIUM

Thomsen Gallery

Schedule of Events/

Preview Day/

By Invitation Only: Monday, June 12

Collectors Preview, 12–6pm; VIP Preview, 6–8pm


Public Show Days/

Tuesday, June 13/ 10am-7pm

Wednesday, June 14/ 10am–7pm

Thursday, June 15/ 11am–7pm

Friday, June 16/ 11am–7pm

Saturday, June 17/ 11am–7pm

Sunday, June 18/ 11am–6pm


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