As one of the founding galleries of Design Miami/Basel, ammann//gallery has been showcasing the best of collectible design, from Europe, Asia and now Latin America, for over a decade. Cultivating a cutting-edge program, the gallery has dedicated itself to avant-garde exhibitions of art, design and architectural photography, such as Zaha Hadid: Selected Works in 2007 or the most recent exhibition Arad – Binet – Hadid IN DIALOGUE. This year’s presentation at Design Miami/Basel includes an in-depth focus on craftsmanship, with exhibits ranging from abstract furniture pieces to elegant design objects. All exhibits are the manifestations of an intricate crafting process using an array of different materials - such as aluminium, bronze, ceramic, glass, leather, resin, silver and wood - and timeless design shapes.
The works by the world-renowned architect and designer Ron Arad are realized through both craft and technology. Since 1991, Ammann has been working with him, and for this year´s presentation at Design Miami/Basel, selected pieces from his oeuvre will be the primary focus of the gallery presentation. His unique B.O.O.P. console table from 1998 is part of a series of mirror-polished aluminum objects manufactured through blow molding, resulting in shapes that are welded together, ground down, and hand-polished. For him function and aesthetics don´t fight each other, they enhance each other to defy conventional boundaries. Following this line, Lectern from 1993 and the emblematic Box in 4 Movements Chair from 1994 are some of the most exceptional examples of his work in steel. For the first time, the gallery will also showcase Arad’s brand new hand-blown Murano glass vases Where are my Glasses, which the designer produced in cooperation with VENINI. Coinciding with Design Miami/Basel, the exhibition Ron Arad: Yes to the Uncommon!, a monographic solo exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein will run from June 8th to October 14th.
Pritzker Laureate Dame Zaha Hadid was a pioneer and consistently pushed the boundries of architecture, as well as urban and interor design. She managed to bring the organic and fluid principles, aesthetics and technical advances of her architectural practice to her design pieces. In early 2007, ammann // gallery presented its first one-woman show with Zaha Hadid, in which numerous works were on view for the first time. Including a video installation in the gallery’s courtyard that shed light on Hadid’s latest projects. As in 2007, included in the gallery´s presentation is her Snow Drift Chair from 2006, made with a solid LG HI-Macs - surface. The almost ephemeral piece demonstrates new possibilities of design and the use of new materials in manufacturing.
Designer Satyendra Pakhalé skillfully evolved a humanistic design language by blending ancient materials and techniques from his native India with state-of-the-art technology. His acclaimed Bell Metal Collection, made of bronze, metal sheet and copper alloy, reflects on the impact of technology in the artisan process. Produced using lost wax methods and metal casting, old and new materials and technology are mixed to create furniture and decorative pieces that appeal to all the senses and evoke history. Premiering at Design Miami/Basel, the new BM Horse Vases are a continuation of this series that was born in 2000 and has continued to evolve. An edition of his BM Horse Chair, also on view at the fair, is part of the collection at the MAKK Museum (Museum of Applied Arts) in Cologne.
For the first time at the fair, ammann//gallery will be exhibiting the work of British painter, artist, and designer Richard Woods. His lacquered wood tables from 2018 with its Tudor-inspired patterns, seem to wrap their surroundings by using cartoonish decorative hand-printed surfaces. These works are a continuation of his installation Super Tudor from 2002 for which he transformed a gallery space in New York by combining historical and iconographic patterns and prints from previous historical periods overtaking the floors and walls of the space as well as transforming the façade of the building.
Italian design group Studio Nucleo has a long trajectory blending craftsmanship and material innovation. Their series Stone Fossils and Souvenirs from the Last Century are the perfect examples of their mastership, transforming resin and conserving antique pieces of wood, creating functional objects that could become fossils of the future. Specially commissioned for the fair, a new Souvenir ladder, and a spectacular large bench.
Mexican ceramist Abel Zavala’s new series of wall ceramic sculptures, Genesis, has been specially commissioned and will be world premiered at Design Miami/Basel. A new body of work that references the natural system of sporulation. A process that occurs during the growth cycle of fungi and bacteria, it features particles that travel with the wind and create new life where they fall. His sculptorical work is inspired by living fossils, organisms that have been present on earth for millions of years, that are both witnesses and intrinsic components of the evolution of life. Also on view his ethereal wall sculptures Petrified Epiphythes and Open Larvae table pieces that showcase the artist exquisite technique and mastery of the material.
Design duo Ad Hoc transforms the old artisan tradition of “papel picado” by using a contemporary approach and unusual materials such as leather and brass for the creation of their showstopper Huixcolotla Sideboard. The “Papel Picado” (perforated paper), is an expression of Mexican folk art, in which centuries of history, symbolism, ethnic fusion, religion, and aesthetics converge.
Craftmanship is a valued human attribute since prehistoric times, which defines itself about quality, passion, and experience. ammann//gallery's presentation in Basel this year is combing these elements by putting together a fascinating collection of handcrafted design objects, which all have been characterized by the finest materials and lasting design shapes.