Rodman Primack
Rodman Primack - photo by Andrew Meredith

"When I first started, very often you would see an incredible art collection surrounded with terrible furniture: meaningless, uninteresting, unimportant, empty furniture. Now, people are applying the same values and interests to every object in their home as to their art collection."

It is the third year that Rodman Primack has been at the reins of Design Miami, the fair dedicated to collectible design that takes place twice a year: in Miami every December, and in Basel every June.

With a background that includes chairing the auction house Phillips’s London office, directing Gagosian Gallery in Los Angeles, and working as the specialist for Latin American art at Christie’s, Primack straddles the worlds of both art and design. A collector of both art and design in his own right, he has been described as the perfect person to broaden the reach of the fair.

Blouin ARTINFO has caught up with Primack in Basel, in preparation for next week’s Design Miami/ Basel.

Artinfo: What has been your agenda for Design Miami/ Basel?

When I was handed the reins, three years ago, the fair was in a very healthy place, ready to grow. Sometimes, when you take on a job, there’s a bunch of messes you have to clean up. But my predecessor, Marianne Goebl, had already done such a great job with the fair.

We have focused on expanding the platform. It’s less about trying to make the fair bigger, more about refining the experience, bringing other voices into the gallery program: this year, for the first time in a couple of years, we have a gallery that specializes in Art Deco. It’s less about quantity or scale, more about how in depth we can tell the story of the 20th and21st century design.

Artinfo: You have previously spoken about connecting the fair to the broader developments in science and technology. Is that still an area of interest?

Certainly it is. Innovation in technology and materials is always interesting: to me, my colleagues, collectors of contemporary art and design, and to the world in general. Sometimes it’s not just about what’s showing up at a gallery, but concepts, ideas, conversations, that affect us in general. For example, Brynjar & Veronika – this year’s Designers of the Future – work with different materialities, from carbon fiber to rope, crystal, trying to push boundaries of both traditional and new materials.

Artinfo: What new, exciting things can we look forward to in Basel 2016?

On Monday night [June 13], we are supporting UNAIDS with a vernissage, followed by dinner with Duran Duran, and an auction of design objects, curated by Simon de Pury. Using the platform for a philanthropic cause has not happened in Basel before.

Among the exciting exhibits this year is our Design at Large program, which I initiated when I took over, is curated by an invited figure from outside our world – someone who has an interest in design, and a vision, but isn’t an art curator. This year, it’s Martina Mondadori, the editor of Cabana Magazine. Martina is looking at gardens, the relationship between the constructed ‘natural’ world, and the world of [manmade] structures.

Jacques Lacoste is bringing an important, intact collection of Giacometti, all coming from a single residence. The Design Curio exhibition by Dansk Mobelkunst has a very important and rare pair of lights, which come to life inblack light. Patrick Seguin has again done an incredible Prouvé structure, with an incredible story: originally at Maxéville factory near Nancy, it was intact but had been incorporated into a development, and had become a sex club. They’ve discovered it and restored it, and now it has come to the fair.

Artinfo: How do the Basel and Miami fairs differ?

Primack: Basel is a bit more traditional: it’s original, longer established. All the fairs, not just Design Miami, end up being a bit more serious.

Miami has a different energy: more free, more experimental, both because of being in the Americas, and the way it has developed, the audience. Significantly more people come to Miami than to Basel.

Artinfo: Is the collectible design market still catching up with the art market?

Primack: The collectible design market is smaller than the contemporary art market, but growing, consolidating. People are attracted to the pricing: there’s so much important work, with great provenance and history, that’s still relatively affordable. I think we’re still seeing it in its juvenile form. Even the vision and the idea is only 12-15 years old. It didn’t feel like a cohesive market until Design Miami was founded and gave a platform for international galleries to come together in one place, and not in an antiques fair. Today, the design collectors’ market is much more related to contemporary art, than to the antiques market.

When I first started, very often you would see an incredible art collection surrounded with terrible furniture: meaningless, uninteresting, unimportant, empty furniture. Now, people are applying the same values and interests to every object in their home as to their art collection.

I also noticed, years ago, that art collectors were trying to create residences that looked like art galleries: blond wood floors and white walls, the simplest of Modernist furniture. Now, they are getting more confident about mixing it up, challenging that look with color and pattern, and more interesting furniture combinations.

Design Miami/Basel runs from June 14th through 19th in Basel, Switzerland.

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With the conclusion of NYC x Design we take a more comprehensive look at the recent release of products from Canadian based manufacturer Gabriel Scott.

Gabriel Scott Glass Welles with Brass Armature

Glass Welles

Constructed from the mold-blown glass techniques used for their Harlow series of pendants and chandeliers, Gabriel Scott has introduced a new take on the popular Welles series. The new glass Welles pendants retain the same shape as their former metallic predecessors but offer, as Gabriel Scott describes, "a new type of modular elegance that bridges feminine and masculine sensibilities for a perfect blend of strength and elegance."

Gabriel Scott Glass Welles with Copper Armature

The new Glass Welles pendants and chandeliers are available in Alabaster White and Smoked Black and are connected by a metallic armature, which references Gabriel Scott's Prong furniture line. Hardware finish options include Blackened Steel, Satin Brass, Satin Copper and Satin Nickel.

Gabriel Scott's Bardot Chairs

Bardot Chairs and Stools

Gabriel Scott's Bardot series of chairs and stools add table, desk and bar height seating options to their available lines for the first time.

Gabriel Scott Bardot Bar Stools

The Bardot series features soft toned French leather for the seat cushions resting on matte black steel frames with contrasting hardware in the brand’s signature brass and copper finishes.

Gabriel Scott Tensegrity Oval table

Tensegrity Table

With the Tensegrity table series, Gabriel Scott has introduced a complex geometric structure that uses floating compression to suspend the surface.

Gabriel Scott Tensegrity Round Table

Gabriel Scott offers the Tensegrity coffee table in round and oval with 1/2 inch Tempered Clear, Smoked-Grey or Bronzed Glass surfaces. Numerous configurations can be achieved by mixing the metal and glass options.

Detail of Tensegrity Table Base Detail of Tensegrity Table Top

The base options for Tensegrity include powder coated steel, brass or copper.

For more details on the Gabriel Scott Glass Welles, Bardot, and Tensegrity lines please contact Twentieth at 323.904.1200 or

NYC x Design

For the final portion of our NYC x Design coverage we look at more updates and product launches at ICFF from designers represented by Twentieth.

International Contemporary Furniture Fair

Christopher Boots Phasmida

Christopher Boots
Australian designer Christopher Boots is showing his work for the first time in New York at this years' fair.

Christopher Boots ORP art shot

Boots is showing a large selection of his lighting designs and has engaged international architectural firm Woods Bagot to "create a truly harmonious sanctuary of light" for this event.

Christopher Boots Oracle 7 Rings

Boots' exhibit includes many of his chandeliers, pendants and sconces as well as a few exclusive one-off lighting designs.

Find Christopher Boots' display at booth 1275.

RBW Cinema Chandelier

Rich Brilliant Willing
Rich Brilliant Willing is showing their new Cinema Chandelier along with a line of collaborations with the founder of the Rockwell Group, American architect and designer David Rockwell.

RBW Cinema Chandelier Detail

Rich Brilliant Willing explains the Cinema Chandelier as "A subtle display of cutting-edge technology, both in the fine-tuned warmth of the LEDs and in the construction and craftsmanship."

Rockwell Sconce

RBW collaborated with David Rockwell on the design of three lights, a pendant and two sconces.

Rockwell states that "each piece in the collection has a transformative quality," and that "through variations in size, configurations, and light, each piece in the collection can solve any number of aesthetic and functional needs for residential, hospitality, and contract settings."

RBW Rockwell Sconce   RBW Rockwell wall sconce side view

Find Rich Brilliant Willing at booth 1432.

Skram Arak Lighting Line

Skram, based out of North Carolina, has released a variety of new items including tables, case goods and for the first time, lighting, with their Arak line.

Skram chairs at ICFF

Skram's new Piedmont chairs and stools are available in dining, counter, and bar heights. The line is offered with steel or wood frames in various finishes.

Skram Altai Museum Bench

Skram's Altai Museum Bench has been nominated by Interior Design Magazine and ICFF as a finalist for a NYCxDESIGN Award.

Find Skram in booth 1910.

Asher Israelow Lincoln Chair

Asher Israelow
Asher Israelow, a furniture and architectural designer based in Brooklyn, will be at ICFF showing his studio's latest creations, which will include the Lincoln collection, the Codex desk, and a collaboration with furniture designer, Dmitriy & Co., titled the Ottone Club Chair.

Asher Israelow Lincoln Lounge chair

Israelow describes the Lincoln Lounge Chair, pictured above, as, "A seat to relax with the crossword, or plot global domination."

The Ottone Club Chair

Asher Israelow Studios will be showing with Dmitriy and Co. in booth 2226.

Luteca Air Sofa

New York based Luteca will be continuing their tribute to notable Mexican architect Pedro Ramirez Vazquez with the introduction of Vazquez's Equipal Table. 

Also shown are Alexander Díaz Andersson's designs which fuse Mexican culture with Swedish design. And find new color options for Luteca's popular Air Sofa and Agave Dining Table, both
are exhibited in black, at their booth, 1826.

Kenneth Cobonpue chair

Kenneth Cobonpue
This year Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue will be showing as part of Design Philippines.

Cobonepue's work incorporates Filipino cultural technique with a contemporary aesthetic. He explains, "Designers from across Southeast Asia are creating truly original designs from local natural fibers, making use of the abundance of skilled craftsman. Such consummate artisanal skills, passed through generations from master to apprentice and drawn from hundreds of years of tradition, not only embraces our rich culture, but uses it to create our future."

Kenneth Cobonpue at ICFF

Kenneth Cobonpue and Design Philippines are exhibiting in booth 1866.

We hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this year's NYC x Design festival.

NYC x Design

Ladies and Gentlemen...the main event! The International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) starts off on May 14th and runs until the 17th.

The International Contemporary Furniture Fair

With over 500 exhibitors and an estimated attendance of over 30 thousand, ICFF still remains the must see of NYC x Design. So many of the lines we represent are there that we will bring you two separate days of coverage.

Laurent Light from Lambert et Fils

Lambert et Fils
Montreal lighting designers and manufacturers Lambert et Fils will be releasing their new Laurent collection which include 6 new pendants and chandeliers with the theme of globes penetrated through their equators by brass and black steel ornaments.

Lambert et Fils side view of Laurent

The company founder Samuel Lambert feels, "The different variations make it an apt lighting fixture for the home as well as for applications in the public realm where Laurent can really take on its fullest dimension through a rhythmic repetition."

2 light Lambert et Fils Laurent

Find Lambert et Fils at ICFF booth 1454.


Mater Designs at 2016 ICFF

The Danish Design brand Mater will be premiering their new contemporary LED Liuki Pendant. Created by Finnish designer Maija Puoskari the Liuku design uses "wood and glass with a sustainable long-lasting light source".

Mater Designs' Liuku Pendant selection

Mater Design founder and CEO, Henrik Marstrand describes the Liuku Pendant as capturing the "beauty of Scandinavian elegance, characterized by the blond oak wood, calm colors and honest materials."

The various shapes of the Liuku Pendant's fixtures are made with European oak and the hand blown shades are available in several pastel tones.

Mater Designs Danish Classic

Mater will also be reintroducing a line titled, The Danish Classics, which feature designs dating back to the 1950's and honors Danish designers Ejvind A. Johansson and Jorgen Baekmark.

Mater will be displaying at booth 2156.

Tom Dixon mini etch pendants

Tom Dixon
At ICFF, British designer Tom Dixon will be continuing his tribute to the basic material building blocks used in many of his projects. He writes, "Visit us at ICFF New York to find out more about the substances that we shape, the raw matter that we form into these extraordinary objects for everyday use."

Tom Dixon Flask Oil Pendant with Fresnel Lens

For this exhibition, Dixon will be showing two collections that premiered at Salon del Mobile and one new line debuting at ICFF. These collections include Curve, Fade and Flask Oil. Pictured above is a pendant from the new Flask Oil line which features a fresnel lens.

Etch pattern on Tom Dixon Mini Etch Pendant

Find Tom Dixon at Booth 1704 in the Javits Center during ICFF.

Stickbulb at ICFF

New York based Stickbulb will be attending ICFF with their largest display to date. They will be showing their new Diamond X Chandelier along with many other designs from their current line.

Stickbulb Diamond X Collection

Find Stickbulb's display in booth 1848.

Our second day of ICFF coverage goes out this Monday.

NYC x Design

Starting this week many designers and brands are hosting exhibitions, talks and product reveals in their showrooms. This is a great opportunity to be immersed in their aesthetic!
Here are some of the events from the designers Twentieth represents.

Moooi the unexpected welcome

As part of NYC x Design, Dutch design company Moooi will host a RSVP only preview of their 2016 carpet collection with a cocktail party and live performance by the Akie Bermiss Trio.

Moooi 2016 carpet selections

This event will take place at Moooi's New York showroom from 6-9pm on Thursday May 12th. Moooi's showroom will be open from Tuesday to Friday and hold special weekend hours, from 11am-6pm.

Moooi the unexpected welcome interiors.

Exterior of Broom on Broome pop up shop

Lee Broom
London designer Lee Broom crosses "the pond" to establish a month long pop up shop exhibition titled "Broom off Broome."

Interior of Broom off Broome

Broom's temporary shop will include 50 individual designs ranging in price from $110 up to nearly $40 thousand dollars. For the visit he has also created a special light which will only be available here.
See it at "Broom off Broome" at 63 Greene Street, adjacent to Broome Street from May 12th until it closes on June 10th.

Gabriel Scott's Bardot chairs

Gabriel Scott
New York based Furniture and Lighting Design studio Gabriel Scott will be adding a new series of chairs and bar-stools to their collection. Fashioned out of complimentary materials to their Dean and Prong line, the new series, Bardot, will use blackened steel, cooper and brass for the base hardware construction and utilize soft toned French-leather for the seat cushions.

Gabriel Scott's Bardot stool

Gabriel Scott will premier this collection, as well as an accompanying series of lights at 6pm on Thursday, May 12th at an RSVP only party held in their 372 Broome Street, New York City flagship store. Following this event, new items will be on display for the remainder of NYC x Design.

The Kazimir chandelier, by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio

Roll and Hill
To coincide with NYC x Design, Roll & Hill will open their first showroom, a 4,000 square foot space located at 3 Mercer Street in Manhattan.

The Modo Table Lamp

Roll and Hill will be launching several new products, including a line titled Esper that was developed by Visibility Design Studio. Roll and Hill will also launch table lamps to compliment several already existing lines. The Modo table lamp by Jason Miller Studio, pictured above, is but one example.

Roll and Hill's brand new 3 Mercer Street showroom will open Thursday May 14th.

Esper by Visibility Studios for Roll and Hill

We'll have more updates from the upcoming ICFF fair as the week progresses.

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From April to May the focus of the design world shifts from Milan to New York City. NYC x Design events begin with the Collective Design fair. Created by Steven Learner, the fair concentrates on more of the limited edition, higher end Design/Art world than the other events of the week. In this email we've highlighted the designers we represent that showed in the Collective Design fair.

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Fernando Mastrangelo at Collective Design

Fernando Mastrangelo
New York based designer Fernando Mastrangelo showed his Drift Collection as part of the Collective Design fair. This series is comprised of works built from sand and cement that shift from white to a deep blue.

Fernando Mastrangelo's Coffee Table

In a recent short film on his Drift collection, Mastrangelo explained that his inspiration stemmed from a recent trip to the South America region of Patagonia. He says, "There are six pieces in the [Drift] collection. Each one an attempt to capture the simplicity and elegance that nature does so...effortlessly."

Fernando Mastrangelo's Drift Bench

Mastrangelo continues, "The forms, the pallet were all inspired by seeing the endless horizons [of Patagonia]. I was awe inspired by their sheer mass, grace and boundlessness. Cast sand mimicking the glacial formations. Mirrors recalling the calmness of the sea. Glaciers breaking, disrupting that stillness."

Lindsey Adelman Some Relationships are better than others.

Lindsey Adelman
The Manhattan based designer's short film, "Some Relationships Are Better Than Others,"premiered at the Collective Design fair, along with drawings and a Branching Disc chandelier.
The slow motion film depicts two Branching Burst chandeliers colliding and obliterating each other upon impact. To view the film in its entirety click here...

Lindsey Adelman at Collective Design

The massive Branching Disc chandelier featured Nymphenburg porcelain discs and a brushed brass structure.  This large work organically roots down from the ceiling into the space. Photo courtesy Wallpaper* Magazine.

Julian Mayor Solaris, varnished chair

Julian Mayor
The British artist and designer, Julian Mayor, exhibited his latest creation, Solaris. This chair has a copper finish over varnished steel.

Julian Mayor at Collective Design

Above, Mayor's work pictured in situ at the Collective Design fair, alongside other designers represented by Twenty First Gallery (his NYC representation).

The annual Collective Design Fair opened on May 4th and ran through the weekend. It featured 31 international galleries showing a variety of contemporary designers as well as important twentieth century design.

NYC x Design began on the 3rd of May, and will stretch just past the middle of the month.

Many contemporary lighting and furniture designers will host openings, product reveals and talks during this two week period which we will continue to highlight in a series of updates.

New York based designer Lindsey Adelman has added several new designs to her already exceptional lighting collection. 


Inspired by combining the look of vintage French jewelry — especially 1930s-era Lanvin collarettes — with a Medieval flail, Burst uses the same essential vocabulary as the Branching series. For Burst, glass bubbles are punctuated by hand-blown glass spikes and “barnacles,” which have been rolled in 24 karat gold foil.

Branching Burst Bu.06.02


Inspired by natural phenomena, Branching designs explore the visual tension that results from mixing hand-made, sensual forms with precise, machined components.

Branching Pendant - BP.05.02 


The construction of the Branching Disc chandeliers mix handmade porcelain with machine-made metal parts. Lindsey Adelman and her team design and build each fixture in their Manhattan studio.

Branching Disc - BP.09.01 

MARINA - MR.11.01

This illuminated ceiling medallion is inspired by the coral of the Black Sea, as the natural pattern has been transformed into mechanical form. Composed of metal-plated polymer and hand-blown glass.

Marina - MR.11.01

Find more of Lindsey Adelman's collection at Twentieth:

Lee Broom and Phase Design in the Time New York Hotel's Penthouse

Architectural Digest offered an exclusive look at the Time New York Hotel's most expensive penthouse suite after The Rockwell Group's redesign.
For this multimillion-dollar revitalization The Rockwell Group furnished the living / dining area with several pieces from designers represented by Twentieth. Pictured are Lee Broom's Clear Crystal Bulbs and Pendants hanging in the charcoal-gray finished mirrored hutch and Phase Design's Bride's Veil Low Stools around a glass topped dining table.

Lee Broom in the changing room of the Time New York Hotel Penthouse

The penthouse's spacious powder room, which was "inspired by a jewel box [and] features gold accents and marbled wallpaper," is adorned with Lee Broom's Carousel Brass Chandelier.

As the Time New York's most luxurious space, this suite "sprawls out over three floors and has a 500-square-foot private terrace." The one bedroom includes "a king-size bed on the second floor; and a third-floor sitting room. Siberian oak flooring anchors the space, punctuated by rugs inspired by watercolor paintings."

Find additional shots in Architectural Digest's article:

Wrapping up our Salone del Mobile coverage we've highlighted a few short films featuring our designers.

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Lee Broom

Broom's exhibition, "Salone del Automobile" drove from London to Milan and once there continued moving. In this short film, Broom narrates that journey and shows better details of his new Optical series in that space.
Broom also announced last night that his "Salone del Automobile" was nominated for the Milano Design Awards 2016, marking it as one of the top 16 design shows out of the over 1500 installations!

Tom Dixon's Earth, Fire, Ice, and Water

Tom Dixon

Designer Tom Dixon, produced a short film covering his Earth, Fire, Water and Air lines, as well as his kitchen space collaboration with Caesarstone.

Lindsey Adelman with the Nike Nature of Motion Show

Lindsey Adelman 

Designer Lindsey Adelman is featured in this fun sequence from Vogue showing Nike's "Nature of Movement" exhibition. Adelman is pictured on the vertical video screen 4th from the left, moving brass objects alongside fellow participants in Nike's group show.

And lastly, two interviews from Moooi designers on products being shown in this years Salone del Mobile. The first video features Moo
oi cofounder, Marcel Wanders, on the Space Frame Lamp he designed.

And the second with Arihiro Miyake, on the LED lit Coppélia chandelier, designed for Moooi.

Thank you for following our designers through Salone 2016. We look forward to bringing you products and events during ICFF in May.

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