Martina Mondadori

MILAN — Martina Mondadori will be the next curator of Design at Large, the section dedicated to large-scale artworks at Design Miami/Basel, which runs from June 14 to 19 in Basel, Switzerland.

This season, the program will focus on a landscape theme by exploring the relationship and exchange between built and natural environments.

“This collaboration was born from the tight friendship between myself and Rodman [Primack, Design Miami executive director], who showed appreciation for what we are doing with Cabana,” said Mondadori, referring to the biannual magazine Cabana focusing on interiors and design for which she serves as editor in chief. “The idea is to create a connection between the world of Design at Large and Cabana, since both of them explore the world of interiors and spaces.”

According to Mondadori, 15 projects have already been selected to be on display at Design Miami/Basel.

“Structures are considered not only in terms of form, but also in terms of function,” Mondadori explained, citing, for example, the “Tea Canopy” project developed by Ron Arad, who designed a sort of “cabana with the shape of an armadillo.”

Among the other projects to be featured at Design Miami/Basel, there will be design pieces by Jean Prouvé, Giò Ponti and Kengo Kuma.

“The projects will be on display on the fair’s ground level in a covered space, so we will try to recreate the idea of natural environment through an installation with plants, like a sort of greenhouse, featuring Cabana’s signature style,” said Mondadori.

For her magazine’s latest issue, which hit newsstands last week, she teamed up with Gucci’s creative director Alessandro Michele, who developed the patterns appearing on Cabana’s three different covers.

“The collaboration with Alessandro Michele developed quite naturally, since he shares with Cabana the same taste for a certain rich decorativism,” Mondadori said.

Previous curators of the Design at Large project have included Barneys New York creative director Dennis Freedman and celebrity hotelier André Balazs.