The brainchild of Ambra Medda and Amy Lau, Design Miami was a storming success when it launched in December 2005 to coincide with Art Basel Miami Beach. For the third year running, the fair – now called Design Miami/Basel – is also taking place in Switzerland and opens a day before Art Basel.

Held at the Markthalle, one of the oldest domes in Europe, it features 28 international design galleries, seven of which are participating for the first time. The scope spans modern twentieth-century design by the likes of Jean Prouvé and George Nelson, highly sought-after pieces by superstars such as Ron Arad and Marc Newson, and objects by cutting-edge names like Rick Owens.

The spotlight is on Martino Gamper, Max Lamb, Julia Lohmann, and Clemens Weisshaar and Reed Kram, who have all been awarded the "Designers of the Future" accolade; each of them has been commissioned to make a new piece, series or installation for the fair.

Most of the galleries are presenting works by several names. However, Moss, a New York-based gallery, is giving a solo presentation of works in bronze and wood by Studio Job in Antwerp, and Yoshii Gallery, also from New York, is staging a solo show of white porcelain by Japanese designer Taizo Kuroda.

The program also includes talks with Joep van Lieshout and Alessandro Mendini, who both embrace a multidisciplinary approach to design and architecture.

June 2 through 5, 2008
Markthalle Basel
Viaduktstrasse 10
Basel
Switzerland