Design at Large

Design Miami/ Basel’s Design at Large presents large-scale works of historical and contemporary design, showcasing ambitious architectural installations that feature both conceptual and industrial innovation. Design at Large is intended to be a site of discovery for visitors to the fair, presenting a selection of works that explore a particular theme inspired by current topics in design. Each edition is curated by a global tastemaker.

The 2017 edition of Design at Large is curated by American fashion designer Thom Browne, known for reinterpreting clothing for both men and women as a means of cultural commentary. The installation exemplifies Browne’s interpretation of Gesamtkunstwerk, juxtaposes the designer’s characteristic tension between uniformity and individuality, and is surrounded by a grid of important desks from the last one hundred years, marking significant movements in design history, innovations in materials and styles, and statements from masters like Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand, and Ron Arad.

The exhibition is animated on Design Miami/ Basel’s Vernissage with a choreographed occupation by young design and architecture students, illustrating the revelatory and mundane process of creation. During a time when the future of work has come into question and the desk typology is being reconsidered for today’s elastic styles of working, Browne’s Design at Large pays homage to the conventional through an utterly original encounter.