Art Basel 2010 (the largest art fair of the year) and the surrounding fairs (Scope, Volta, Design Miami/Basel) are officially open. Exhibiting galleries chose different approaches for their individual seating areas — the critical place where they conduct business. Some of the design choices are inspiring ideas for the home.
Galleries at Art Basel that got almost as much attention for their seating designs as for their art:
• Mai 36 Galerie from Zurich has a lovely wood dining table, 6 matching chairs, and floral arrangement.
• Richard Green from London. Amanda Keisner, niece of Mr. Green, designed the booth with its navy blue walls, blue carpet and stark white couches.
• Neuger-Riemschneider from Berlin brought a huge wooden dining table with matching chairs.
• Galerie Urs Meile from Lucerne and Beijing chose a low lying table and benches. Though the table is small, there is room to display the porcelain sculpture "Dress with Flowers No. 11" (2007) by Ai Weiwei.
• David Nolan Gallery from New York have a practical wood table and 4 matching chairs on a fuchsia carpet.
• Galleria Tega from Milan has a clear desk with built-in bookshelves - a practical way to display art catalogues.
These 3 galleries have booths at the SCOPE Art Show in Basel:
• Barcelona chairs match the mostly black paintings shown at Galerie Stefan Roepke from Cologne
• Donald Judd table and chairs, which are carried by the gallery Peter Freeman, Inc.
• low table bench seating with storage at the booth of Galerie Wagner + Partner from Berlin
Images: Rachael Grad