Art Basel and Design Miami will be taking place from December 5-10 2017. A growing roster of satellite shows and events are set to make this edition the largest and most dynamic to date. Here, we preview some highlights.
- Design Highlights: Alongside the 33 international galleries on display at Design Miami, Switzerland-based architects Christ & Gantenbein – winner of the Panerai Design Miami/ Visionary Award 2017 – will present its adaptable furniture collection designed for Zambia’s rural Mwabwindo School, due to open next year. Shown as a series of interactive prototypes, the range adapts to children’s needs or classroom activities via a simple interlocking system.
Robotic fabrication promises to be a strong material direction at Design Miami this year. New York’s Patrick Parrish Gallery, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Self-Assembly Lab and Switzerland-based designer Christophe Guberan will present the first public demonstration of MIT’s rapid liquid printing technology. With the ability to produce almost any object within a gel suspension, items produced at the show will be available for sale in the gallery’s booth.
Meanwhile, French designer Mathieu Lehanneur will present his Ocean Memories series, which uses CNC (computer numerically controlled) technology to create undulating 3D wave forms in rich, hand-polished marble tables, benches and stools.
This year also marks the debut of Form Miami – a new applied arts and sculptural objects fair, which is sister to Chicago’s Sofa (Sculpture, Objects, Functional Art and design). Running from December 6-10, it features 25 galleries, plus a travelling showcase of new-wave British makers.