Basel, 16 March 2023 - This June, Design Miami/ Basel will return to its origins, offering a focused presentation that brings together the leading galleries for collectible design. Running June 13 - 18, 2023, with Preview Day on June 12, this special 17th edition of the Basel fair will present 24 galleries, each offering rare and unique displays of collectible design on the ground floor of the fair’s established location, the Basel Messeplatz. This intimate format has been designed as a celebration of many of the galleries that have shaped the market for collectible design as we know it today.
Jen Roberts, CEO of Design Miami/, says: “We are excited to return to Basel with a special edition of the fair, honouring many of the galleries who we have collaborated with for years. We hope the fair will serve as a valuable meeting point for gallerists, collectors and design enthusiasts from around the world to share and discover works presented by the foremost experts in the field of historic and contemporary design.”
This year’s fair offers an array of highlights, with works spanning rare, historical objects to one-of-a-kind, contemporary designs and collaborations. Through this unique selection of works, the fair will offer a rare presentation of the international evolution of the history of collectible design. The spectrum of old and new will also allow audiences to chart the influence of historic works on the contemporary designs we see today, prompting a re-thinking of tradition through the study of design experts.
One standout historic presentation will come from Galerie Patrick Seguin (Paris). Since it was founded in 1989, the gallery may be credited with bringing a number of key French design talents to the international spotlight, with a particular specialisation in the work of Jean Prouvé. Alongside works by Prouvé, the gallery will present an array of 20th century masterpieces, including pieces by Charlotte Perriand, Le Corbusier, Pierre Jeanneret and Jean Royère. Looking to influences from further back in time, Galerie Mitterrand (Paris) will present a body of work from Niki de Saint Phalle, including two seats inspired by Ancient Egyptian art.
The influence of history on today’s masters of design will be highlighted by galleries including Friedman Benda (New York), offering a presentation of ‘iconic’ chairs by designers, artists, and architects who have most influenced the field of contemporary design, with work from designers and artists spanning multiple generations and backgrounds, ranging from old masters, such as Ron Arad, Wendell Castle, Shiro Kuramata, Andrea Branzi, and Ettore Sottsass, to more recent practices, such as Paul Cocksedge, Joris Laarman, Samuel Ross, nendo, and Faye Toogood. Meanwhile, Pierre Marie Giraud (Brussels) explores the influence of craft and tradition on contemporary creatives, with a selection of unique and exclusive contemporary decorative works of collectible design demonstrating master craftsmanship in ceramics and glass. Similarly, Thomsen Gallery (New York) returns to Basel to present an overview of Japanese bamboo baskets made by the greatest bamboo artists of the modern through contemporary periods, complemented by Japanese ceramics and bronze objects and more.
Design Miami/’s hybrid physical-digital model allows its audiences around the world to engage with the exhibitions on show. A 3D Virtual Tour will be available via Matterport technology, immersing online viewers onto the show floor. A selection of pieces on show at the fair will also be listed online at designmiami.com, for inquiry.
Please see below a list of galleries confirmed to participate in Design Miami/ Basel 2023. Additional galleries to be confirmed.
Design Miami/ Basel 2023 Galleries/
Friedman Benda/ New York
Galerie DOWNTOWN Francois Laffanour/ Paris
Galerie Eric Philippe/ Paris
Galerie Jacques Lacoste/ Paris
Galerie kreo/ Paris
Galerie Maria Wettergren/ Paris
Galerie Matthieu Richard/ Paris
Galerie Meubles et Lumières/ Paris
Galerie Mitterrand/ Paris
Galerie Pascal Cuisinier/ Paris
Galerie Patrick Seguin/ Paris
Galerie SCENE OUVERTE/ Paris
Galleria Antonella Villanova/ Florence
Galleria Rossella Colombari/ Milan
Gokelaere & Robinson/ Paris
Jousse Entreprise/ Paris
Ketabi Bourdet Design/ Paris
Morentz Gallery/ Waalwijk
MOUVEMENTS MODERNES/ Paris
Pierre Marie Giraud/ Brussels
Thomas Fritsch-ARTRIUM/ Paris
Thomsen Gallery/ New York
Schedule of Events/
Preview Day/ By Invitation Only/
Monday, June 12/
Collectors Preview, 12–6pm
VIP Preview, 6–8pm
Public Show Days/
Tuesday, June 13/ 10am-7pm
Wednesday, June 14/ 10am–7pm
Thursday, June 15/ 11am–7pm
Friday, June 16/ 11am–7pm
Saturday, June 17/ 11am–7pm
Sunday, June 18/ 11am–6pm
Visiting the Fair/
Tickets for the fair will be available for purchase in mid April. Sign-up here and be the first to know when tickets are on sale.