Design performances at Design Miami/Basel

Performance is the theme of the Design Miami/Basel collectors’ fair in Switzerland next week, with designers including Front, Tom Dixon, Maarten Baas and Max Lamb creating objects live during the event. Update: this project is included in Dezeen Book of Ideas, which is on sale now for £12.


Young British designer Max Lamb, for example, will recreate the making of his Pewter Stool, which was originally cast in the sand of a beach in Cornwall (this series of images).


Maarten Baas will demonstrate how he makes his Clay chairs while Tom Dixon will present a working micro-factory.


Design Miami/Basel also features films, talks (including one chaired by dezeen editor Marcus Fairs) and the presentation of the Designer of the Future Award to Swedish design team Front.


Below is the schedule of events:


Public Show Hours 12-16 June, 10am-4pm

Invitation-Only Events
Collectors Preview 11 June, 3pm-6pm
Press Preview 11 June, 6pm-7pm
Vernissage 11 June, 7pm-10pm
Nocturne 13 June, 7pm-10pm


Design Performances

FRONT, Tom Dixon, ECAL, Maarten Baas, Martino Gamper, Max Lamb, Kiki van Eijk
On-going throughout Vernissage + Nocturne
On-going daily 12-16 June, 11am-1pm


Design Films
Paul Cocksedge Video Installation On-Going in Satellite Exhibitions Area

Selections of Charles + Ray Eames Films On-Going in Media Lounge
Films provided by Vitra
The Power of Ten
901: After 45 Years of Working
Toccata for Toy Trains
House: After Five Years of Living
Lucia Chase Vignette
Kaleidoscope Jazz Chair
Ten Black Ships
Design Q&A
IBM Mathematics Peep Shows
Fiberglass Chairs

Design Talks

*Tuesday 12 June/ 3pm
The Process Behind Limited Edition Design

Julie Lasky, Editor-In-Chief of I.D. Magazine, moderates a conversation with Rolf Fehlbaum, chairman of Vitra, Didier Krzentowski, founder of Galérie Kreo, and the designers Greg Lynn, Hella Jongerius, Konstantin Grcic and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec. This panel examines the creative and commercial environments that drive experimentation, prototyping and limited edition design.

*Wednesday 13 June/ 3pm
One Laptop Per Child: $100 Computers for the World’s Children

Alice Rawsthorn, Design Critic for the International Herald Tribune, talks with industrial designer Yves Béhar about his visionary new project with Nicholas Negroponte and OLPC, underscoring the potential for design to make the world a better place

*Thursday 14 June/ 3pm
Design as Performance

Marcus Fairs, editor of online design magazine and author of Twenty-First Century Design, moderates a discussion with Vito Acconci, legendary performance-artist-turned-architect, Fernando and Humberto Campana, extraordinary design duo from Brazil, and Maarten Baas, superstar young designer who uses performative processes to create his work.

Immediately following, book signing with Marcus Fairs, presenting his new work Twenty-First Century Design

*Friday 15 June/ 3pm
Front: Designer of the Future 2007

Li Edelkoort, Chairwoman of Design Academy Eindoven and design trend forecaster, interviews Front, Swedish design collective and Design Miami/ Basel Designer of the Future 2007.

Art Basel + Design Miami/ Basel Co-Sponsored Event:

Tadao Ando: The Pritzker Prize winner talks about art and architecture.
Lecture | Thursday, June 14, 2007, 7.30 to 9 p.m.
Elisabethen Kirche, Elisabethenstr. 10, Basel
Seats are limited. Entry starting from 7 p.m.
Reserved seats for VIP card holders.
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