Launch Slideshow

Art Basel Miami and Design Miami

Art Basel Miami and Design Miami

  • Fly’s Eye Dome

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    Buckminster Fuller and Norman Foster
    Photography: Getty Images
    Design Miami

    As part of a Design Miami satellite exhibition called “Architecting the Future,” British architect Norman Foster restored both Buckminster Fuller’s geodesic dome and his famous omnidirectional, jump-jet car, the Dymaxion.

  • Crystal Matrix II, Swarovski Crystal Palace

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    Alexander Tamargo

    Erwin Redl
    Design Miami

    In this psychedelic composition by Austrian artist Erwin Rdel, 16 disks dangle from the ceiling, each displaying a cluster of Swarovski crystals. Light from floating LEDs reflects and refracts off the jewels, creating an aesthetic somewhere between high art and discotheque.
  • Untitled (to Piet Mondrian)

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    Dan Flavin
    Art Basel Miami

    Minimalist American artist Dan Flavin created made this homage to French modernist Piet Mondrian with red, yellow, and blue fluorescent lights.

  • “Paper Architecture”

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    Carlos Garaicoa
    Art Basel Miami

    Conceptual Cuban artist Carlos Garaicoa creates miniature cities out of architecture books.

  • "Genesis"

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    Alexander Tamargo

    David Adjaye
    Design Miami

    London-based, Tanzanian-born architect David Adjaye, FAIA, designed a gazebo—fitted with windows, a door, seating and a skylight—that bridges the divide between architecture and furniture. Design Miami, a sister exhibition to Art Basel Miami, named Adjaye its 2011 Designer of the Year, and, as part of the honor, commissioned the piece as the entrance to the exhibition.

  • “Light Illuminated Vine”

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     Jeff Zimmerman
    Design Miami
    Brooklyn artist Jeff Zimmerman hand blows each glass bulb on his illuminated vines.

  • eL Chandelier

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    Daniel Libeskind
    Art Basel Miami

    Working with Swiss lighting company Zumtobel, architect Daniel Libeskind, FAIA, created a severely angled, 9-foot-tall steel chandelier fitted with 1,680 LEDs. The lights’ looping display recreates the entire 14-billion-year history of the cosmos in 14 seconds—an effect dictated by an algorithm developed by Libeskind’s son, the astrophysicist Noam Libeskind. Speaking of his creation, Daniel Libeskind said, “The perfect luminaire should behave like light itself.” 

  • “DesignLove” submission

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    Yves Behar
    Art Basel Miami

    To benefit cancer research, design studio Luminaire and Paris-based design magazine Intramuros co-hosted the “DesignLove” exhibition, in which 96 designers were commissioned to fashion a work of art from one piece of DuPont Corian Designer White solid surface. Participants included Jean Nouvel, FAIA, Ingo Maurer, Philippe Starck, and Yves Behar, whose submission is shown above.

Since its inception in 2002, Art Basel Miami has grown to become America’s largest and most prestigious art fair, transforming the city into a major destination for gallery owners, artists, and collectors. With an estimated $2.5 billion worth of art on display from 260 galleries and over 2,000 artists, the fair now rivals its 41-year-old Swiss older brother, Art Basel. It has also spawned dozens of satellite shows, including Design Miami, which calls itself a showcase for “museum-quality exhibitions of 20th and 21st century furniture, lighting and objets d’art.” Both fairs evidence the increasing overlap between art, architecture, and interior design. At Art Basel Miami, for instance, works by Picasso, Modigliani, and Warhol mingle with structural marvels such as a steel chandelier by Daniel Libeskind, FAIA, that mimics the light of the cosmos. In the slideshow on the left, see our selection of the best works—art, architecture, furniture, light installations, and more—from both shows.