Top Picks: Design Miami/ Basel

Bina Baitel's Tarah is a table with a quilted rug that appears to spill onto the floor. Photo by F Kleinefenn.

As the fun of the fair winds up over in Basel, we take you through some of the highlights from this year’s . 

Bina Baitel,
Architect and designer ’s Snug, a lamp and rug in one piece, appeared to spill over the floor in a flood of soft leather. Tarah, another furniture and floor covering hybridisation, has a quilted surface that can be rolled up and fastened onto the gold-finished table.

India Mahdavi,
The landscapes of a journey across Beirut, Istanbul and Paris were transformed by architect and designer into tables laid with fishscale-like coloured tiles and a series of glazed ceramic vases.

These young  designers proved age was no obstacle;  presenting with some impressive clout among the well-known international galleries illuminating Design Miami/. , and each presented a work based on residencies at respective W Hotel city locations; Mexico City, Verbier and Bangkok. Wood’s was a constellation of blown-glass ‘petals’ that could be arranged in various formations as chandeliers, sconces and table lamps, while Song’s mobile furniture was a homage to street vendor’s carts. Jon Stam’s Claude Glass was the one that blew us away with its originality though – a photographic clock that takes you through the subtleties of changing time and weather over a summer day in the Swiss mountains.

Philippe Malouin,
Simple may have been the name of ’s collection at ProjectB Gallery (also shown in Milan), but the Canadian designer’s pieces were far from it. Objects made from glued slices of pigmented MDF, were lathed and polished to the point of the material taking on a new and luxurious quality.

Hella Jongerius,
’ solid wood table is lacquered in powder pink that fades from one end of the piece to the either. It’s a simple concept that questions de-materialization and shows a beautiful control of surface treatment when studied up close.

Benjamin Graindorge,
's Fallen Tree bench sees wild nature tamed: splayed branches at one end of the bench have been honed into a simple wooden plank at the other, supported by a glass leg. 

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