Design Miami/ 2016, Basel, Switzerland

Design Miami/ is returning to Basel for its 11th edition with an array of exhibitions between 14-19 June. A global forum for design, each fair brings together an influential list of collectors, gallerists, designers, curators and critics from around the world in celebration of design culture and commerce. Occurring alongside Art Basel, Design Miami/ is a premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing and creating collectible design.

Design Curio is Design Miami’s platform for new exhibitions that invites designers, curators, innovators and gallerists to present ‘cabinets of curiosity’ throughout the fair. The Curios showcase projects and ideas that aren’t usually found in the Gallery Programme, pushing boundaries of material use and looking out onto different parts of the world. Eight projects are being showcased as part of the Design Curio this year, interspersed among Design Miami’s core galleries in order to infuse the exhibition programme with inventive snapshots for today’s design landscape. The launchpad nature of Design Curio is reflected in the presence of MANIERA at the fair, a Design Curio alumni of 2015 who has graduated to the Gallery Programme.

The returning Design at Large is guest-curated by founder and editor of Cabana Magazine, Martina Mondadori, around the theme of Landscape. Large-scale works of historical and contemporary design showcase ambitious architectural instillations featuring conceptual and industrial innovation. The 2016 theme of Landscape will explore connection between built and natural worlds from a literal, poetic, scientific or technological perspective. Any and all types of works are accepted for Design at Large from pop-up gardens to prototypes for urban farms. The nine participating projects define a unique way of living within landscape with an awareness of mobility, functionality and the environment.

The Galleries sector is at the core of Design Miami: a marketplace for design where world-leading design galleries present curated exhibitions of museum-quality furniture, lighting and objects d’art. Participants are invited to exhibit exceptional objects mainly from the advent of Modernism to the present day, though some select galleries also specialise in outstanding 18th and 19th century antiques.

The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award returns for a second time at the fair, showing a diverse line-up of designers at the front-line of innovation. The Award honours a select group of young designers and studios who exemplify new directions in design culture. Glass designer Anjali Srinivasan, sound designer Yuri Suzuki and multidisciplinary duo Studio Brynjar & Veronika have all been commissioned to create new works which will be debuted at the fair.

Alongside these presentations and exhibitions, the Design Talks series presents six compelling events bringing leaders in the world of design together to offer insight into what drives creative output, criticism and the market. Highlights include a discussion with the new director of the Swiss Architecture Museum, Andreas Ruby on breaking boundaries of how architecture is viewed beyond the walls of a museum and a conversation with guest curator Mondadori. To see the full list of talks, visit

Design Miami/, 14-19 June, Hall 1 Süd, Messe Basel, Switzerland.

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1.  Brick Study II. Courtesy of MANIERA. Design Miami.