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The 2016 edition of Collective Design is open this week through May 8, offering 31 international galleries and 19 special programs, part of NYCxDESIGN. Celebrating design innovation from 20th century to today, the fair includes galleries from across the globe. Tokyo-based firm nendo, who was honored with the Collective Influence 2016 title for works that have made a lasting impression on the design world, created an outstanding, site-specific light installation in the fair’s entrance. Just past that, we noticed David Nosanchuk’s wallpaper installation, “Capture,” in conjunction with Flavor Paper, of images from Rome and New York City, displayed around two 3-D printed illuminating chandeliers—which will go on to be two 12 pieces at the Olympics pavilion later this year.
We also caught sight of a handful of highlights from: Twenty First Gallery’s Jack Craig’s bronze tables made of drip-bronze and squares of marble; Friedman Benda’s playful furniture by Misha Kahn; Maison Gerard’s booth dedicated to jewelry and drooping lamps; Sienna Patti’s pop-up installations and jewelry; and Converso’s booth of wooden and lighting creations by Wendell Castle, Tiny Orrico, and Jan De Swart.
We also were drawn to works by graduate students of Cranbrook Academy of Art, and lighting, furnishings, ceramics, and textiles by designers and artists like Lindsey Adelman, Fort Standard, Calico Wallpaper, and Cocobolo Design.
vitra. & artek showcased hand-drawn wall art in the café by illustrator RJ Raizk. “This one took 5-6 hours,” said Raizk, first pointing to the squiggly piece behind him above the cactus beanbag chairs, and then to the other. There were also furry creatures from the Haas Brothers and Fernando Mastradgelo Studio’s raw material hanging and seating, offering spaces of comfort and reflection. Negropontes Gallerie showed a sophisticated group of armchairs, black-and-white photographs, and gold-positioned mirror arrangements; Frederieke Taylor Gallery included ceramic jewelry and pistol art by Pauline Wiertz; and the blind-covered VIP café and conceptual work lounge installation Office Space by Brooklyn-based design firm ASH NYC—a creative key sponsor of this year’s fair.