Copenhagen’s Galleri Bo Bjerggaard was one of the rare spaces that brought in a table and chairs designed by an artist they were exhibiting. The table was created and used by artist Poul Gernes as a dining table, while the Arne Jacobsen chairs were painted these colors after the company asked Gernes to select them. The chairs were included in Gernes’s exhibition at the Danish Pavilion in the 1988 Venice Biennale. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

MIAMI BEACH — At Art Basel Miami Beach, the city’s biggest contemporary art trade show, the accoutrements of galleries are as significant as the works on display because they contribute to the frame through which we see these wares. Each gallery booth is designed to communicate with a potential buyer and present a specific face to the world. One of the most overlooked aspects of the fair booth is the functional furniture used by dealers and their staff. Chairs and tables are where five, six, and seven-figure deals are made. They are the props arranged on a stage awaiting their wealthy actors. They are the plumes of exotic art birds engaged in a mating ritual that takes place beside a constant stream of people passing by. Who gets invited to sit in these chairs?

At the booth of the Luciana Brito Galeria of São Paulo

Tornabuoni Art of Paris, Florence, and Milan went all white

Travesia Cuatro gallery of Madrid and Guadalajara went the all-over approach

Eames chairs at Cheim & Read

No nonsense at New York’s Bureau gallery

Cobbled together at New York’s Salon 94

At Marian Goodman gallery

At New York’s Ramiken Crucible

At New York’s Petzel Gallery

At New York’s Hammer Galleries

At Mary Boone gallery of New York

At London’s Stephen Friedman gallery

At Garth Greenan Gallery of NYC

A practical set up at Rio de Janeiro’s A Gentil Carioca

At Berlin’s Galerie Guido W. Baudach

A Paula Cooper gallery of New York

A NYC’s Elizabeth Dee gallery

At New York’s Wallspace

At Milan’s ZERO gallery

At San Francisco’s Anthony Meier Fine Arts

At Edward Tyler Nahem Fine Art of New York

At Massimo De Carlo of Milan and London

At Tokyo’s SCAI The Bathhouse

At Galerie Emanuel Layr of Vienna

At Barbara Mathes Gallery of New York

Art Basel Miami Beach continue at the Miami Beach Convention Center (1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, Florida) until Sunday, November 7. 

h/t @vajiajia for the title of this post

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