Having grown in design prominence in recent years – with two design schools (the Schule Für Gestaltung and the Hochschule Für Gestaltung und Kunst), and with the presence of world class architects such as Herzog & de Meuron, the proximity of the Vitra Design Museum, being the seat of the international design magazine form, the second seat of Design Miami/, and being the location of the latest Blickfang – it seems strange that Basel, the Swiss Rhine-side city sitting on the border with Germany and France, does not yet have its own permanent space for design.
A group of young, dynamic, international design-oriented and -interested people who have gathered together as an “Association for demanding everyday culture” have picked up on this gap in the city’s cultural landscape, setting up the DEPOT BASEL, a center for contemporary design, in a former grain silo in the city’s Erlenmatt area. Although currently only temporary, the organizers have high hopes that the space will come into its own and take off to become an established part of the global design discourse as well as of the fabric of Basel’s cultural life.
As their opening gambit, the organizers (who include 2010’s Blickfang Basel Gold Designpreis winner Laura Pregger and a former editor of form magazine, Katharina Altemeier) presented “A Dialogue”, the work of nine, young, equally international designers. The designers were tasked to create pieces expressly for the DEPOT BASEL space, in collaboration with each other, within the space of the five days leading up to the opening. The resulting twenty-one pieces are a perfect summation of the process and capstone to the efforts of the team.
With the hope that the DEPOT BASEL project continues to have legs, we are pleased to present a few impressions of its first project here …