directed by Aric Chen.

Basel 2019

Design Miami/ Basel returns to Basel, Switzerland, June 11–16, 2019, for its fourteenth edition, featuring forty-two galleries from twelve countries and thirteen Curios, the largest Curio program to date. This year’s fair will be the first directed by Aric Chen who was appointed as Curatorial Director for 2019. Chen is the first to be appointed to the newly created annual position, which will oversee exhibitions, commissions, and collaborations in Basel and Miami Beach.


On the choice of Elements: Earth for the theme of the Basel fair, Chen said:
“It’s not just design’s role in exploring materials, and ways of making, living, consuming and producing that have taken on new urgency as our impact on the planet becomes all too clear. Design and designers also help to articulate the future, and this year we want to highlight what designers are seeing as human activity continues to alter the very nature of Earth.”


Below are highlights in advance of the upcoming fair, including Design at Large, the central manifestation of Chen’s curatorial theme.

Design at Large

Design at Large will showcase large-scale works and installations. The 2019 program will explore the role of design, materials, and making in a post-nature, Anthropocene future.

The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award

The Swarovski Designers of the Future Award returns to Basel for the fifth year, honouring promising young designers or design studios who will explore crystal innovation and sustainability in three categories: lighting, architectural surfaces, and home decor.