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LIGHT SCULPUTRE BY DANIEL AND NOAM LIBESKIND COMISSIONED BY ZUMTOBEL
BAROQUE FURNITURE FROM THE 18TH CENTURY BY ELISA STROZYK AND SEBASTIAN NEEB

    Art Basel Miami Beach

    17 December 2011

    by Sandra Pfeifer

    There was plenty of reason to celebrate at this year’s art- and design fair season in Miami: it was the 10th edition of the Art Basel Miami Beach and the first year of former Vitra PR chief Marianne Goebl in her role as Design Miami/ director after taking over from founding director Ambra Medda. And of course, the winner of the Designer of the Year Award, British avantgarde architect David Adjaye. With ‘Genesis’, the commissioned structure for the fair, Adjaye yet again mastered a subtle interplay between his favourite material timber and light. Designer Gregor Jenkin from Cape Town officially represented Africa for the first time in Miami. His dedicated approach to combining tradition and industrial production made his works visually stand out in a refreshing and unexpected manner.

     It certainly proved a lot easier to keep an overview of the ‘mere’ 30 stands at the design fair compared to Art Basel presenting a volume of artist’s works by more than 260 galleries in the Convention Centre. Some of the celebrity guests spotted at the Design preview included collector and patron Francesca Habsburg and Vladimir Restoin-Roitfeld, son of the former Vogue editor.

     One notion we have observed emerging over the last few years has become more than a trend-setting fixture beyond the artistic world: groundbreaking collaborations between art, (fashion)design, architecture and science. A great example was the stunning eL Chandlier unveiled at the Art Basel preview. The light sculpture was the first collaboration between architect Daniel Libeskind with his son Noam, an astrophysicist. Together they explored a way to encompass light into a physical shape. The piece commissioned by art lighting expert Zumtobel is made out of a special type of steel and is equipped with more than 1500 LED lights that represent parts of the history of evolution since the Big Bang.

    Fendi invited two young design talents, Elisa Strozyk and Sebastian Neeb, from Berlin, to play with their exquisite leather material and re-interpret baroque furniture from the 18th century. So they did, staging a beautiful still performance by letting them appear like marionettes.

     Meanwhile in the Design District artist Liam Gillick presented the results of his first stint as fashion designer for Pringle of Scotland introduced by the fabulous actress (and Pringle model) Tilda Swinton.

    Equally as desirable than tickets for the preview were invites for the lavish parties such as to the White Cube one at the Soho Beach House private club.


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