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25 Innovative Items We Want from Design Miami/Basel

Serge Mouille, "5 Arms Sconce" (ca. 1953). (Courtesy Galerie Downtown - François Laffanour)


Design Miami/Basel returns to the Messe Basel with a diverse range of modern and contemporary works presented by 46 galleries devoted to state-of-the-art design from around the world. On view through the 19th of June, the 11th edition of the global forum for design features immersive environments, museum-style solo exhibitions, and art and design crossovers.

We searched the international exhibitors to discover the most desirable objects, including modernist gems like Gerrit Thomas Rietveld’s "Red Blue Chair," from 1919 at Rotterdam’s Galerie VIVID and Jean Prouvé’s "N.201 Presidence Desk," ca. 1955, at Paris’ Galerie Patrick Seguin and such coveted contemporary design pieces as Zaha Hadid’s 2015 "Liquid Glacial Chair" at London’s David Gill Gallery and Studio Job’s "Banana Lamp," also from 2015, at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which has galleries in London, Paris and New York.

Scroll through the innovative items on our wish list to envision what might light up your life. WM

Joris Laarman, "Microstructures Chaise" (2015). (Courtesy Friedman Benda)

Barbara Nanning, "Untitled" (2016). (Courtesy Pierre Marie Giraud)

Stefan Bishop, "Side Table" (2015). (Courtesy Cristina Grajales Gallery)

Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, "Red Blue Chair" (1919). (Courtesy Galerie VIVID)

Pierre Paulin, "Élysée Bookcase" (1971). (Courtesy Demisch Danant)

Zaha Hadid, "Chair 'Liquid Glacial'" (2015). (Courtesy David Gill Gallery)

Ai Weiwei, "Rebar in Gold" (2013). (Courtesy Elisabetta Cipriani)

Alain Douillard, "Leather chair" (ca. 1970). (Courtesy Magen H. Gallery)

Greta Magnusson Grossman, "'Ironing Board' Coffee Table" (1952). (Courtesy R & Company)


Aranda\Lasch, "R3 | Railing Series" (2015). (Courtesy Gallery ALL)

George Nakashima, "Wall Mirror" (1964). (Courtesy Moderne Gallery)

Gio Ponti, "Model Distex" (1953). (Courtesy Gate 5 Gallery)

Johannes Nagel, "Sprawling Vessel" (2016). (Courtesy Gallery FUMI)

Finn Juhl, "Sofa - The Poet" (1941). (Courtesy Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery)

Studio Job, "Banana Lamp (Model B)" (2015). (Courtesy Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

Ettore Sottsass, "Flying Carpet - Armchair" (1974). (Courtesy Erastudio Apartment Gallery)

Mathias Bengtsson, "Growth Table" (2014). (Courtesy Galerie Maria Wettergren)

Maren Kloppmann, "Wall Pillow Field Deconstructed II" (2016). (Courtesy Hostler Burrows)

The Haas Brothers, "Unique Anal Clooney Mini Beast" (2016). (Courtesy R & Company)

Martin Eisler, "Reversível armchair" (1955). (Courtesy Nilufar Gallery)

Gerald Thurston, "Mushroom Lamp" (ca. 1955). (Courtesy Patrick Parrish Gallery)

Poul Kjærholm, "PK 24 lounge chair" (1965). (Courtesy Dansk Møbelkunst Gallery) 

Ted Noten, "Homage to Hieronymus Bosch" (2016). (Courtesy Ornamentum)

Jean Prouvé, "N.201 Presidence Desk" (ca. 1955). (Courtesy Galerie Patrick Seguin)


Paul Laster

Paul Laster is a writer, editor, curator, artist and lecturer. He’s a contributing editor at ArtAsiaPacific and Whitehot Magazine of Contemporary Art and writer for Time Out New York, Harper’s Bazaar Arabia, Galerie Magazine, Sculpture, Art & Object, Cultured, Architectural Digest, Garage, Surface, Ocula, Observer, ArtPulse, Conceptual Fine Arts and Glasstire. He was the founding editor of Artkrush, started The Daily Beast’s art section, and was art editor of Russell Simmons’ OneWorld Magazine, as well as a curator at P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, now MoMA PS1.



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