Design Miami/Basel

Design Miami/Basel presents top international decorative arts dealers, designers and museums for the first time in Basel, Switzerland

    DESIGN MIAMI BECOMES AN INTERNATIONAL EVENT     JUNE 13 - JUNE 16, 2006     Organized in cooperation with and endorsed by Art Basel

    Basel, Switzerland (ots) - Design Miami/Basel, an exclusive invitational design event featuring 17 of the most significant galleries exhibiting modern to contemporary museum-quality design and decorative arts, will run concurrently with Art Basel in Basel, Switzerland. Design Miami/Basel is premiering just six months after Design Miami (formerly design.05 Miami) eclipsed organizers' expectations, drawing nearly 7,000 visitors to the Miami Design District during Art Basel Miami Beach. Design Miami/Basel will take place at both the Foyer Theater Basel, located at Elisabethenstrasse 16, CH-4010 Basel and the church Elisabethenkirche, located at Elisabethenstrasse 10, CH-4051 Basel. Design Miami/ Basel will be open Tuesday, June 13-Friday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. The Design Miami/Basel Vernissage will take place on June 12, from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The press preview will begin at 4 p.m. on June 12. The Nocturne Private View will be held on Wednesday, June 14 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  "With the momentum of Design Miami behind us, Design Miami/Basel promises to bring to Europe the same mix of high-quality design that made our inaugural event such an overwhelming success," said Ambra Medda, the director of Design Miami/Basel. "We are thrilled to introduce to Europe a new forum for collecting, exhibiting, discussing, and creating design," she said.

    Design Miami/Basel will bring together the world's most exclusive collectors and connoisseurs for a showcase of the best in design during the world's premier art fair. Participating galleries include Antik (NY); Demisch Danant (NY); Barry Friedman Ltd. (NY); Magen H. Gallery (NY); Nilufar (Milan); Galerie Italienne (Paris); R 20th Century (NY); Galerie Kreo (Paris); Galerie Patrick Seguin (Paris); Philippe Jousse (Paris); Cristina Grajales (NY); Contrasts Gallery (Shanghai); and Galerie Downtown- François Laffanour (Paris). Joining the roster of the world's leading design galleries is Dansk Mobelkunst (Copenhagen/Paris); Galerie Ulrich Fiedler (Cologne); Mouvements Modernes (Paris); and Philippe Denys (Brussels).

    Design Miami/Basel will inaugurate an annual Designer of the Future award to complement the Designer of the Year award established at Design Miami. The first Designer of the Future award will go to British design and manufacturing company Established & Sons. A gala reception for the Designer of the Future will be held at the Les Trois Rois Hotel. Design Miami/ Basel will host an array of design exhibitions and symposiums, including interview-style talks with top designers and a panel discussion on architecture and design. Panelists will include internationally recognized designers, as well as curators and museum directors from the Cooper-Hewitt Museum, the V&A in London, Miami's Wolfsonian Museum, MoMA, and Vitra. Design Miami/ Basel, slated to become an annual event, is an independent enterprise organized in cooperation with Art Basel and endorsed by Vitra and Herzog & de Meuron.

    DIRECTOR, AMBRA MEDDA

    Ambra Medda co-founded this past December's much-lauded Design Miami and continues to serve as its director. Ms. Medda received a joint degree in Chinese Language and Culture and Asian Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies at London University.

    ABOUT DESIGN MIAMI/BASEL

    Design Miami/Basel is an independent enterprise organized in cooperation with and endorsed by Art Basel. The event coincides with Art Basel 2006 in Switzerland and will take place  June 13 - 16, 2006. Design Miami/Basel endeavors to do for design what Art Basel has done for contemporary art, bringing together the best collectors, connoisseurs, artists and designers from around the world in one of the premier destinations for art and design. Design Miami will continue to run concurrently with Art Basel Miami Beach in the Miami Design District.

Design Miami/ Basel Press Conference

An opportunity to preview the galleries including a special exhibition by the "Designer of the Future" - Established & Sons

Monday, 12th June 2006, from 4.00 p.m. at the Foyer Theater Basel, Elisabethenstrasse 16, Basel, Switzerland

Agenda

from 3.30 p.m.arrival of the journalists

4.00 p.m.            salutation and presentation of Design Miami/Basel by

                          Ambra Medda, Director and Co-Founder
4.15 p.m.            presentation by gallery owners
from 4.30 p.m.    free preview of the exhibition and possibility for
                          individual meetings with gallery owners
from 5.00 p.m.    Design Miami/ Basel Vernissage at the Foyer Theater
                          Basel and Elisabethenkirche

Please send your registration until Tuesday, 6th June 2006 to Fax.:  +41/43/266'88'44 or send an E-mail to: designmiami@crkom.ch. Thank you.

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Contact:
For further information and interview requests with Ambra Medda and
gallery owners please contact:
cR Kommunikation
Salome Fünfschilling
St. Jakobs-Strasse 185
4002 Basel
Phone number: 0041/61/312'37'29
E-Mail: designmiami@crkom.ch



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