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