Collective design : some highlights
Collective design opened last night with previews to the trade. Here are a few of our favorite highlights:
CHAHAN GALLERY (PARIS)
Showing for the first time at Collective Design, New York, Chahan Gallery of Paris, featured a welcome assortment of quality furnishings, lighting and accessories. Of interest, was their own Chahan designed, delicate proportioned, sleigh-like chair (featured in the first two images) and a leather-inset and pieced console in designed in collaboration with Francois Mascarello (shown in last two photos).
DAVID GILL GALLERY (UK)
David Gill Gallery never disappoints and this show was no exception. The gallery shows their signature minimalism sculptural designed objects from their stable of contemporary designers. Toward Brutalist tendencies, the chunky material-forward pieces surprised and excited. Best was the chunky lava-like rock chair covered in deceptively soft velvet.
FERNANDO MASTRANGELO / STUDIO (BROOKLYN)
Brooklyn-based artist/sculptor Fernando Mastrangelo is back from a short hiatus from the shows. The designer is fully recharged, sharing his new collection of sculpted home furnishings made of granular glass and other atypical materials like ground coffee. The other-worldly nature-based works are minimal and monumental in scale. The new collection appears to examine eroding sand dunes. The stunning works are made to order and the studio created additional pieces in collaboration with Masion Gerard (shown in Maison’s booth).
HUNIFORD COLLECTION, VIP LOUNGE (NEW YORK)
With an opening worthy of one of the best designers working today, James “Ford” Huniford in partnership with Compass, Yarema, Beauvais, Alexander Gray Associates, Lehmann Maupin, and others showed off their new furniture collection. The collection, which can be seen in Ford’s West Chelsea, New York showroom features over 60 pieces of furniture and accessories, with approximately half available now. Each piece of furniture is custom-built in Ford’s in-house workshop to his perfecting standards. The VIP Lounge at collective design showed off the designer’s range of products.
GALLERY ALL (LOS ANGELES)
Los Angeles-based Gallery All shows their collection of artists and designers at the show. Of the best pieces, a monumental white perforated metal undulating room divider. Other metal pieces of interest, a sculptural metal piece on a shelf featured on the wall.
COLLECTIVE INFLUENCE : MATTIA BONETTI
Paris designer Mattia Bonetti (b.1952) is being honored for his work in the home furnishings field. The designer’s work was on display in the installation area of the show. The artist is also represented by David Gill Gallery.
CHRISTOPHER BOOTS (AUSTRALIA)
Traveling half-way around the world, Christopher Boots, the Australian lighting company, shows their quartz crystal infused sculptural lighting creations. A big hit with show goers is the rather phallic crystal floor lamp.
J LOHMANN GALLERY (NEW YORK)
A favorite of DLN, J Lohmann shows some of the best ceramic and glass artists in the world. The work is impeccable and the staff always friendly. Worth visiting their website and showroom when in New York.
MAISON GERARD (NEW YORK)
Always a great place to find quality items, Maison Gerard has been expanding their business to include contemporary artist collaborations and works. Of note was the collaborative ceramic work eccoing early french deco work and ancient Greek works. Popular with show goers is the light mounted wall mirror from Jean-Louis Deniot for Pouenat and the large classical Arbus table harvest table.
MINDY SOLOMON GALLERY (MIAMI)
With one of the happiest PINK walls we have every seen, perhaps thanks to them hailing from Miami, Mindy Solomon Gallery showed a range of quality ceramics. Our favorites looked like crochet knit vessels but where made from ceramic by artist Glenn Barkley, 2017.
NEGROPONTES GALERIE (PARIS)
New to the show was Paris-based Negropontes Galerie. Their subtle collection of quality furnishing straddled the traditional and contemporary market, making their items fashionable and accessible for consumers. Of special note from the booth was a large standing room divider / screen and their beautiful cube tables that had built in optical illusion features.
PELLE (NEW YORK)
Featuring a large version of a light fixture introduced as sconces, the large piece bloomed with flowers lit by small strong lights on a golden armature. The New York company is popular on the show circuit and a designer favorite.
PETER LANE CLAY (BROOKLYN)
Artist Peter Lane made his name working closely with powerhouse designers like Peter Marino. For his collective booth, Lane chose to construct what was, by far, one of the most impactful and interesting booths of the entire show. The steel i-beams structure was infilled with Lane’s rough hune clay sculpted walls. The surfaces are designed flat on the ground as a single work and then cut up and fired before being hung on the steel armature. The booth showed several other looks that Lane is known for including, the half circular bubble-like gilt appendages used in a Parisian indoor pool. A DLN top selection!
R & COMPANY (NEW YORK)
Like a good friend you look forward to seeing, R & Company never disappoints. Sometimes heavy on novelty, their roster of artists provide one-of-a-kind home furnishings, sure to please a fan of contemporary art. Bringing a smile to our face, were the bean-bag-like chairs made of coiled snakes pillows and what seemed to be two roaming hairy wooly mammoth walking lounges.
STICKBULB (LONG ISLAND CITY)
One of our favorite lighting companies, Stickbulb, always pushes the boundary between lighting and sculpture. Their flexible system allows for their nibble and energetic team to come up with always interesting and thought provoking installations. For the show they created a piece inspired by the redwood trees and the feeling that they impart on the viewer.