Everything You Need to Know About Design Miami/ Basel 2023

Design Miami/ Basel, 2022. Image courtesy of James Harris.

At this year’s edition of Design Miami/ Basel, tradition and innovation meet with a museum-quality lineup of design works on view in Switzerland. The fair, set to return for its seventeenth edition from June 13 through June 18, presents booths from 25 of the world’s leading galleries in collectible design. 

A range of rare and historical pieces, as well as one-of-a-kind, contemporary works, will be available, offering a glimpse into the international evolution of design, and prompting viewers to rethink the divide between the past and the present. The influence of historical pieces on modern-day design is foundational to this year’s theme, as galleries present traditional objects alongside modern pieces.

Jean Prouvé's Cité Chair, 1932 at Galerie Patrick Seguin. Image courtesy of Galerie Patrick Seguin.

Well-known for bringing several key French designers into the global spotlight since its founding in 1989, Paris’s Galerie Patrick Seguin will offer an exceptional presentation of works by Jean Prouvé including a number of his chairs, each one varying in typology or color. Among the pieces on display are MetropoleCité, and Antony, as well as three aluminum pieces from Cameroon.

Wendell Castle's Squid Chair with Table, 1966 at Friedman Benda. Image courtesy of Daniel Kukla.

New York’s Friedman Benda gallery has lined up a display of chairs from some of the most influential designers, artists, and architects across generations. Older pieces include works from Ron Arad, Wendell Castle, and Shiro Kuramata, while more recent offerings are from Samuel Ross, nendo, and Faye Toogood. Similarly, New York’s Thomsen Gallery will showcase works from a selection of Japanese bamboo basket makers across eras, featured alongside a number of ceramics and bronze items. 

Daniel Arsham's Shanghai Chair, 2019 at Friedman Benda. Image courtesy of Timothy Doyon.

This year’s Design Miami/ Basel fair continues the tradition of gathering the most influential voices in the worlds of design and art while celebrating the diversity of international galleries. The fair will take on a hybrid physical/digital framework, allowing audiences across the world to engage in the exhibition with a 3-D virtual tour of the show floor.