September 21, 2021 - September 26, 2021

Basel, Switzerland | Booth G12

I have had a most rare vision. I have had a dream past the wit of man to say what dream it was.”

– A Midsummer’s Night Dream


          For Friedman Benda’s participation at Design Miami/ Basel, the gallery will present a setting inspired by A Midsummer’s Night. In a group exhibition layered with intrigue and inuendo, each work plays its own role within a unique cast of characters engaged in an unscripted dialogue. Weaving together diverse narratives from pioneers in the field who bring fantasy into daily domestic life, the result is an imaginary landscape staged in one act. 

          Utilizing ad hoc processes, the French and Danish creative duo OrtaMiklos debuts their new Sunset Phenomena inspired by the radiant color palette of a sunset. London-based Faye Toogood premieres her Assemblage 6 Unlearning series in Europe. For this collection, she set out to ‘unlearn’ the process of design and built it up again from scratch with the playfully rough-hewn yet precisely executed full-scale ‘maquettes’.

          Drawing from his lifelong interest in mathematics, philosophy, world religions and spirituality, a centerpiece of this presentation will be a groundbreaking new chandelier by Switzerland-based designer Ini Archibong in anticipation of his first solo exhibition opening at the gallery in October.

          Marking her debut presentation in her home country of Switzerland, Los Angeles-based artist Carmen D’Apollonio explores the spectrum from abstraction to figuration with this body of work that has been in development for over two years. With a signature playful sense of humor, D’Apollonio realizes intuitive renditions of familiar objects and human forms with clay and bronze.

          Providing an anchor for this contemporary midsummer night dream stage is a key work by Wendell Castle – Caligari’s Mistress’s Desk and Chair from 1990, which references the 1919 German expressionist film The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.

          Artists included in this presentation: Korea-based Byung Hoon Choi, Chile creative group gt2P (Great Things to People), Brooklyn-based Misha Kahn, Los Angeles-based Adam Silverman, and London-based Jonathan Trayte.




Sunset Phenomena, 2020

Resin, fiberglass, eps, acrylic paint, fluorescent paint, UV lacquer
Dining table and ten chairs, overall:
36.5 x 175 x 80.75 inches
92.5 x 445 x 205 cm

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