Top Five Picks from Design Miami Basel 2018

Design Miami Basel/, a global forum for design, has just come to an end. Occurring alongside the Art Basel fairs in Miami, Florida, each December and Basel, Switzerland, each June, Design Miami/ has become the premier venue for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating collectible design. FR highlights five items that caught the attention of five international female architects. Let’s see what they picked and why…

Libby Sellers, design consultant, curator, and writer chooses the Alloy Bench by Betil Dagdelen in 2016 at Cristina Grajales Gallery.

She says: “Fiber or textile art has become an obsession of mine, and Betil Dagdelen takes the most exquisitely pared- back approach to the practice. She believes that nothing extraneous should be added to her furniture works–that the yarns and assorted fibers alone should do all the work in creating the function and beauty of the piece.”

Libby Sellers’s new book Women Design: Pioneers in Architecture, Industrial, Graphic and Digital Design from the Twentieth Century to the Present Daychronicles a 120-year history from Kazuyo Sejima and Ray Eames to Eva Zeisel and Patricia Urquiola.

Katie Stout

Brooklyn-based designer Katie Stout describes her work as “naïve pop,” a caricaturization of furniture as it is traditionally understood and of the motifs of suburban domestic life. She utilizes a diverse range of media and often unexpected techniques to create lighting, seating, shelving, mirrors, carpets, curtains, and more.

Snow Drift by Zaha Hadid chosen by Katie Stout

“I can’t tell if I like Snow Drift because it’s designed by Zaha Hadid or if I like it because I like it––it’s difficult to distinguish her work from her person. Either way, the piece is welcomingly cold and imposing, and I’d like to sit on it.”

India Mahdavi

Architect and designer India Mahdavi founded her studio in 1999 and opened her Paris showroom in 2003. Her choice is the two armchairs model 801 by Jorge Zalszupin 1961 for Nilufar Gallery.

Armchairs 801 by Jorge Zalszupin 1961 for Nilufar Gallery chosen by India Mahdavi

“I really like Jorge Zalszupin’s work––it is less known than other Brazilian designers such as Sergio Rodrigues or Joaquim Tenreiro. Nina Yashar has been a fantastic ambassador for Brazilian design after showing Lina Bo Bardi at Nilufar Depot for design week in Milan.”

Deborah Berke

Deborah Berke is the founder of the New York– based architecture firm Deborah Berke Partners. In 2013, she received the first Berkeley-Rupp award, given to an architect who has advanced the position of women in the profession, and whose work emphasizes a commitment to sustainability and community. Berke is also the Dean of the School of Architecture at Yale University, where she has taught since 1987.

Ceiling Lamp by Studio BBPR 1962 at Gate 5 chosen by Deborah Berke

Berke chooses the Ceiling Lamp Mod 2045 by Studio BBPR 1962 at Gate 5.“Studio BBPR’s ceiling lamp is just spectacular– –it would look great in a lobby or a large foyer.”

Dara Huang

Dara Huang founded the London-based architecture and interior design firm Design Haus Liberty in 2013 after working with world- renowned architecture firms including Herzog & de Meuron, Basel, and Foster + Partners, London.

Chair 6 by Reinaldo Sanguino 2017 chosen by Dara Huang

She chooses Chair 6 by Reinaldo Sanguino 2017 for The Future Perfect.“I love this piece because it’s like a beautiful painting that has been three-dimensionally applied to a sculptural chair. I like statement pieces that function as both art and furniture because they set a tone and attitude about the space around them. With a feature piece like this, the other furniture in the room can be quite simple.”

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