Basel Chronicles III - Exploring Design Miami/ Basel 12- 17 JUNE 2018
Design Miami/ Basel is the art and design forum where the world's finest galleries present every year the best of collectable design and furniture, lighting and objets d’art.
For its 13th edition which took place this year, Design Miami/ Basel returned to its iconic location on Messeplatz 10, inviting forty-three leading international galleries to present an exciting blend of fresh creative projects and iconic designs.
The exhibitors are purveyors of remarkable and often rare design pieces from the early twentieth-century artistic periods such as Art Nouveau and La Belle Epoque, as well as Art Déco or Mid-Century design to the present day, with some galleries specialising exclusively in unique eighteenth and nineteenth-century antiques.
I was delighted to visit this edition which once again celebrated excellence in fine art and design. Here are my highlights.
Caterina Tognon - Venice
One of the leading European galleries specialising in glassworks, Caterina Tognon made its first appearance at Design Miami/ Basel this year.
The gallery represents international contemporary artists and designers working mainly with glass as well as the Studio Glass movement.
The exhibition ‘Phytomorphism and Contemporary Glass’ presented at Design Miami/ Basel this year brought on the spotlight artists such as Cristiano Bianchin, Václav Cigler, Gaetano Pesce, Lilla Tabasso, Giorgio Vigna, Toots Zynsky .
Gallery Caterina Tognon
Ca' Nova di Palazzo Treves in Corte Barozzi
San Marco 2158 | 30124 Venezia | Italia
+39 041 520 15 66 | +39 348 856 18 18
Galerie Patrick Seguin - Paris, London
Parisian gallery Patrick Seguin specialises in mid-twentieth-century French design aesthetics and is among the galleries that have exhibited at Design Miami/ Basel since the first edition.
Since its opening in 1989, the gallery has been promoting the extraordinary oeuvres of Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier, Jean Nouvel, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouvé, and Jean Royère, reestablishing their place of honour on the international design scene.
Showing a particular interest in Jean Prouvé's body of work, Galerie Patrick Seguin has been collecting his furniture for over twenty-five years, along with his demountables houses. Today the gallery holds the most important collection of these demountable houses, which most of them are unique examples or limited series.
With gallery spaces in Paris Bastille and Mayfair London - opened in October 2015, Patrick Seguin organises regularly shows that bring to spotlight these unique creations.
The gallery hosts exhibitions at the Centre Georges Pompidou and the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Venice Biennale, and the Musée des Beaux Arts in Nancy, France. It also published a series of monographic volumes about the life and oeuvre of this fascinating generation of designers and architects.
In 2017, Patrick Seguin was awarded the title Chevalier de l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture.
Galerie Patrick Seguin London
45-47 Brook St - Mayfair
London W1K 4HN
+44 (0) 207 499 7766
Gallery hours: Monday-Saturday 10am-6:30pm
Elisabetta Cipriani - London
Elisabetta Cipriani appoints internationally renowned artists to design her collections of exclusive wearable artworks in series of 12 or as limited editions, using precious materials.
Since its opening in 2009, the gallery has exclusively collaborated with established contemporary artists, such as Carlos Cruz-Diez, Rebecca Horn, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Jannis Kounellis, Giorgio Vigna, and Ai Weiwei, reinventing new artistic disciplines, concepts, and aesthetics and translating them into jewellery.
In February 2018 Elisabetta Cipriani founded EC Lab, a project destined to promote and encourage a fresh generation of artists and designers to create and experiment this original concept by approaching new aesthetics and the use of different materials.
EC Lab also supports the expansion of the gallery’s circle of collectors of wearable art and addresses those who are interested in exploring this novel approach for the first time.
Elisabetta Cipriani London
23 Heddon Street, 1st floor
London W1B 4BQ
Galerie Eric Philippe- Paris
Eric Philippe has been a reference name in the world of collectable design since 1980 when he opened his eponymous gallery in Central Paris.
His field of expertise extends throughout the twentieth-century furniture, more specifically, Scandinavian Design and Decorative Arts from 1900 to 1960, French Decorative Arts from 1920 to 1950, American Design from 1940 à 1960 and Austrian Decorative Arts from 1900 to 1930. The gallery also specialises in the work of the illustrious interior designer of the 1930’s, Jean-Michel Frank to whom it dedicated its first exhibition. Eric Philippe is a member of the Compagnie Nationale des Experts affiliated to the European Confederation of Art Experts (CEDEA).
Throughout the years, the gallery has hosted twenty-five other notable exhibitions that brought into spotlight architects and designers, as well as artistic movements, each of them accompanied by a printed catalogue. Some of the most recent shows include Axel Einar Hjorth, Swedish Grace, Paavo Tynell and Finnish design, or the American modernists James Mont and Paul László.
At Design Miami/ Basel this year, Eric Philippe Gallery put on show a collection of rare historical furniture, skilfully coordinating different styles and designers such as Frank Lloyd-Wright, Paul László, Ingrid Hellman-Knafve, Jacques Lenoble or Jacques Adnet.
Galerie Eric Philippe
25, Galerie Véro-Dodat
Tel. +33 (0)1 42 33 28 26
Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday 11 am - 7 pm
Saturday 11 am - 6 pm, or by appointment
Jacques Lacoste - Paris
Grandson of Jean René Lacoste - the famous French tennis player, Jacques Lacoste made a name for himself by following his passion for collectable furniture and 20th-century Decorative Arts. As a consequence, he opened his eponymous gallery his mission being to promote French Design of the 1950s and revive uniques oeuvres d’art.
Jacques Lacoste has dedicated his work to the 1950s Decorative Arts; he collects with much sensibility Serge Mouille's lighting, the sculptures of Alexandre Noll, the ceramics of Georges Jouve, Elisabeth Joulia, Pierre Szekely, and but notably the creations of Jean Royère. Here, Royère has again his place of honour. The gallery has acquired the designer's archives in 1997 followed by other much coveted and rare pieces since Royère solely worked on commission.
Throughout the years Lacoste has been promoting Royere's creations through methodical research activity, exhibitions, and publications. Thus, the gallerist organised two Jean Royère exhibitions in Paris in 1999 and 2003, and one in New York at Sonnabend Gallery, in March 2008. He contributed with expert insight to the publication of a book on Royère, co-edited with fellow design dealer, Patrick Seguin, published in 2012 and is currently, he is working on Jean Royere's catalogue raisonné.
In 2009 Jacques Lacoste hosted a Max Ingrand exhibition at his gallery accompanied by the book Max Ingrand : Du verre à la lumière (From glass to light) dedicated to the illustrious glassmaker, that was launched on the occasion.
In February 2008, Jacques Lacoste opened his new gallery at 12 rue de Seine with an exhibition of works by Alexandre Noll.
Galerie Jacques Lacoste
12 rue de Seine
F-75006 Paris, France
tél. +33 1 40 20 41 82
Lebreton Gallery - San Francisco
Alain Lebreton and Karim Mehanna opened Lebreton Gallery in 1999 with the desire to keep alive and promote the illustrious European and French art and design. Their distinguished collections include artist-designed furniture, postwar ceramics, and works of art. For the 13th edition of Design Miami Lebreton presented a curated selection of ceramics, furniture and home accessories from artists Magdalena Abakanowicz , Robert Deblander, Eugène Fidler , Jean Miotte , Ljuba Naumovitch , Suzanne Ramié, Jules Wabbes.
Galerie Régis Mathieu - Paris
Regis Mathieu has a true passion for chandeliers and lighting with a sculptural twist.
An expert in the restoration of valuable chandeliers, Régis Mathieu is also a keen collector who sources his rare pieces during his travels worldwide - he has supplied the Galerie Lumières in Paris, with some rare pieces.
At Mathieu Lustrerie - the family business he inherited in early 1990’s, the luxurious lighting collections have a flair of nostalgia to them and are inspired by the magnificent oeuvres of the past, without falling out of fashion. As the gallerist and designer Régis Mathieu affirms ‘contemporary and timeless are two words that perfectly describe my concept of our creations’.
Mathieu opened the doors of his eponymous gallery in 2013 in Paris and hosted an inaugural exhibition that epitomised the history of chandeliers inspired by Régis Mathieu’s book A Short History of Chandeliers.
This year the gallery exhibited distinctive collection of eclectic and provocative chandeliers and lighting that complement any contemporary interior. Much more than just simple lighting objects their creations are veritable ‘sculptures of light’, beautifully combining the goldsmithing and jewellery techniques to those of lighting design.
2, rue de Miromesnil
Paris 75008, France
Robert Zehil Gallery - Monaco
For more than forty years, since he opened his gallery in California in 1982, Robert Zehil has been acquiring the finest collections of Art Nouveau and European Art Deco furniture and decorative art pieces, owning the most important private Art Nouveau inventory. Predominantly acquired from private collections, most of the gallery’s treasures have never been available on the market before.
Robert Zehil Gallery constantly collaborates with museums by lending and donating works and puts on display paintings, furniture, sculpture, silverware, enamels, objets d’art, glass, ceramics, jewellery and illustrated books by the most illustrious artists from the 1890s Belle Epoque to the 1930s.
At Design Miami/ Basel his year Robert Zehil Gallery exhibited rare pieces by artists such as René Lalique, Edgar Brandt, Jean Carriès , Marcel Coard, Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat, Taxile Doat, Georges de Feure , André Dubreuil, or Maurice Marinot .
The gallery is currently located in Monte Carlo, in the Casino Square, neighbouring the sumptuous Hotel de Paris and Hotel Hermitage.
Robert Zehil Gallery
27 Avenue de la Costa
Monte Carlo 98000
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