From September 21 to 26, the fair returns to the Rhine city alongside Art Basel. After a forced break, Hall 1 opens its doors to twenty-seven galleries, fourteen Curio presentations, six large-format projects, an immersive installation by studio DRIFT, as well as on the world wide web. For the first time in Basel, collectors will also be able to browse the aisles and shop online from their living room. Six unmissable events of the 2021 edition, to see for real.
1. THE HISTORICAL PIECE
In 1981, George Nakashima designed this lot, called THE FROSH FAMILY SANSO RECEPTION HOUSE, for a close friend. The shape of the table anticipates that of the "Altars for peace": a series of very imposing altars around which the American designer of Japanese origin intended to bring together people from all over the world. At Geoffrey Diner Gallery, Washington DC.
2. THE OBJECT OF
DESIRE AMMONOID GAMMA (2020), unique neon wool seat, by young American Misha Kahn at Friedman Benda, New York.
Photo © Daniel Kukla
3. THE SWISS
Two Swiss galleries make their entry: the Genevoise Bailly Gallery shows ceramics by Picasso (1. Pichet à glace, 1952) with objects and furniture by Diego and Alberto Giacometti. While Angela Weber Möbel, from Zurich (2), exhibits the Italian, Swedish and American masters of 20th century design.
4. THE DESIGNER
In 2019, Harry Nuriev caused a sensation with his eco-friendly sofa for Balenciaga. Between New York and Moscow, his CROSBY STUDIOS office collaborates with Nike, artist Liam Gillick and architect Rem Koolhaas, and creates “millennial” decors, calibrated on digital aesthetics. At the start of 2021, the designer is launching his in-house collection, to be ordered in his new virtual showroom ( home.crosbystudios.com ).
Crosby Studios Store in Moscow. Photo © Mikhail Loskutov
5. THE “Human nature” EXPERIENCE
The theme chosen by Aric Chen, the curator of this 15th edition, questions the interactions between human beings, nature - and human nature - through the filter of recent news. On the ground floor, the Dutch studio DRIFT animate the monumental volume of a fantastic forest. Slender silk dancers, SHYLIGHTS artificial flowers imitate the movement of "nyctinasty", a biological process that triggers the closing of the petals of certain plants at nightfall.
DESIGN MIAMI / BASEL
Halle 1 Sud, Basel
Text: Corine Stübi
from: Maisons et Ambiances , number 04/21