Design Miami/Basel: the highlights

"Trapeze" table by Jean Prouvé in 1954 (Galerie Jousse Entreprise)

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Design Miami/Basel returns to Switzerland this week, showcasing cutting-edge pieces juxtaposed with historic works by some of the industry's leading designers and ateliers. With more than 50 international galleries participating, we take a look at some of the main themes set to emerge from the show:

Ancient materials
From Formafantasma's ancient craft techniques using volcanic materials to jewelry works by the artist Rebecca Horn including fossilized snail shells, ancient materials will be under the spotlight at this year's show. Anthropological pieces fabricated from fur, leather and cording and architectural sculptures made from shells will also be present.

Exchange between East and West
The meshing of ancient and modern, eastern and western is celebrated in the slick curves of Satyendra Pakhalé's Roll Chair and young Japanese designer maker Takuro Kuwata's striking ceramics. Antique orientalist works shown by Steinitz and Jason Jacques Inc. further explore the long heritage behind this fascination with the East and West.

Between Sculpture and Design
The interchange between sculpture and design is celebrated at this year's Design Miami/Basel, with works including Yonel Lebovici's surreal "Les Mains Chaudes" (1979) and Péter Pierre Székely's anthropomorphic Bar (1950).

Extraordinary Provenance
Storytelling in 20th-century design is explored through works such as Jean Prouvé's Trapèze table (1954-56), whose name references its distinctive shape. There will also be a tribute to French designer René-Jean Caillette including many unseen images.

Works Commissioned for Design Miami/ Basel
Gallery YMER&MALTA's collection "Marquetry: The Sleeping Beauty collection" launches, Ramy Fischler's monumental suspended marble works will be on display, and a new suite of furniture by Studio Job at Mitterrand+Cramer will rounds off the host of hotly-anticipated pieces set to go on show.

Design Miami/Basel 2014 will run from June 17-22.


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