Collective Design - Fair



The annual Collective Design fair is more than a commercial platform; it’s an opportunity to explore the significance of design and art across creative disciplines and everyday life. In 2017, the fair will present an exciting program of special installations, curator-led tours, and Collective Conversations featuring artists, gallerists, educators and cultural innovators exploring vital topics in the field of culture. Programming will be announced soon; in the meantime, see highlights from our past programs below.

Collective Influence: Mattia Bonetti


Collective Design is pleased to announce a celebration of the life and work of acclaimed Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti, presenting a comprehensive survey of his most important work at the fair this May. A force in the design world for over 40 years, Paris-based Bonetti is known for his uncompromising design vision that spans a multitude of styles and rarely follows dominant trends. Often described as “neo-Baroque,” Bonetti’s work is sophisticated yet whimsical, fantastically surreal yet grounded in the influence of the natural world. His furniture, upholstery, lighting, and accessories employ innovative use of materials such as patinated bronze, marble, gilded rock crystal and glass and technological advances such as 3D printing, robotics and modern acrylics to create imaginative motifs and shapes.

The Lab at Rockwell Group


For their first work at Collective Design, the LAB at Rockwell Group, the firm’s in-house design innovation studio, will create a thrilling arrival moment at the entrance to the fair. Inspired by the idea of reinventing the red carpet, the LAB has designed an undulating passageway made of CNC-milled plywood ribs clad in playful layers of shimmering reflective foil fringe. Arching over a blue carpet, Collective Design’s signature color, the interactive installation will appear to expand and contract, almost as if alive. The entry experience will foster a sense of discovery and drive excitement, with plenty of “selfie” moments.

Waiting Room: Noguchi/Stadler


The Noguchi Museum returns to Collective Design for a second time to activate a raw industrial space previously unseen by fair visitors. In Waiting Room: Noguchi/Stadler, the works of Isamu Noguchi and Austrian-born contemporary designer Robert Stadler will come together in a surreal, somewhat otherworldly pastiche of public and private forms of standing-by. The installation coincides with Solid Doubts: Robert Stadler at The Noguchi Museum, the first exhibition to pair Noguchi's work with that of a living designer. Both the exhibition, which is on view from April 26 through September 3, and the installation at Collective Design are curated by Noguchi Museum Senior Curator Dakin Hart in collaboration with Robert Stadler, and will highlight the scope of Noguchi’s vision and continuing impact on our contemporary culture.

Collective Concept 2017

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Collective Concept is a capsule presentation within the fair where contemporary designers are encouraged to explore new directions and reconnect with the roots of their thinking. Inspired by the process-based explorations that have become a key part of Collective Design’s programming, the celebrated designers in Collective Concept each create a fully realized environment onsite, providing a rare view into the creative practice.

APPARATUS is a New York-based design studio working with aged brass, leather, marble and porcelain to create lighting, furniture and objects. The studio's language is rooted in geometry and contrast, fusing sculptural form with hand-woven materials that straddle the line between the perfect and the imperfect. In the tradition of studio craftsmanship, each piece has been hand finished and assembled in the APPARATUS workshop.

Calico Wallpaper began with the inspiration to move art beyond the frame and incorporate its elements into everyday interior spaces. Through experimentation with the re-appropriation of traditional art forms, and the digital enlargement of unique, handmade patterns, the idea was born to create custom fit, non-repeating wall murals.

Christopher Boots is a Melbourne based lighting designer. His handmade work—including lights, furniture and objects—explores the architecture and geometry of organic shapes, and is often inspired by forms found in plants, animals, and minerals. Christopher’s Greek heritage is reflected in the fusion of natural and classical, with mythology a core concept driving his work. all products are made in his Melbourne Atelier with love and care by artisans—amongst them glass blowers, copper smiths, ceramicists, sculptors, and bronze casters, ensuring a commitment to superb quality.

Fernando Mastrangelo uses atypically commonplace materials – such as salt, coffee, sand, glass and cement – to cast sculptural objects that inextricably entangle fine art and design disciplines. Amalgamating commodity materials and pure geometric form, the works are intriguingly contradictory; they are both rugged and refined, durable and delicate, formal and functional. Mastrangelo enlists an unrelentingly fastidious fabrication process to achieve these liminal harmonies, through which he is able to expand our experience of everyday materials, granting them an otherwise unnoticed cutting-edge, sophisticated minimalism.

Flavor Paper produces wallpaper by hand screened and digital printing, sometimes both for special projects. In either case the studio uses water based inks, latex or eco-solvent to be as green as possible and only the finest ground substrates. Flavor Paper is known worldwide for its mastery of the fine art of large format hand silk screening, working from design to film to screen to wallpaper entirely in house to maximize quality control and creative freedom.

Gianluca Pacchioni is a metal sculptor and lighting designer. He opened his Milan atelier in a 1930s eye drop factory, with the final location for the forge and workshops set up in 1998. Since then the atelier has constantly forged sculptures and limited editions of furniture, produced for an international clientele. In 2016 Pacchioni was awarded with the title of " Master of Arts and Crafts" by the prestigious Fondazione Cologni.

PELLE is an independent design studio that combines the practices of art and engineering to create expressive design objects. Integrating artistic exploration with architectural integrity, PELLE offers an original collection of hand produced, professionally refined pieces.Co-founded by Jean and Oliver Pelle in 2011, PELLE’s studio/showroom is located in Manhattan’s Flatiron district. With collections ranging from lighting and furniture to soaps and home objects, PELLE is continually entering into new areas of design and materials.

Peter Lane is a New York based ceramic artist who specializes in large-scale architectural installations and monumental furniture and decorative work. His imagery evokes nature at it’s most brutal, primal, and sensual, drawn from rough-hewn and hand-wrought direct techniques that take advantage of the character of the earth itself. In his new 10,000 square foot Brooklyn studio, Peter Lane and his crew are capable of massive sculptural expression.

Burnt and bronzed, black and flowing, organically growing from the walls like a post-apocalyptic collector’s cabinet or a tapestry from a fever dream, Lane's “Darkroom” installation for Collective Design brings to the public eye the kind ambitious immersive environment he has created for private clients world-wide.

The Vanguard Series, in partnership with OTHR


In 2017, we debut an innovative collaboration with OTHR, the first company dedicated to creating unique and functional products for the home using 3D printing. The ‘Vanguard Series’ brings together five influential figures in the world of design to serve as nominators to identify the designers they consider to be the next wave of talent in the spirit of furthering dialogue about the future of creative process and output. Once selected, this emerging group will work closely with OTHR to create a series of objects produced with 3D printing, a sustainable, environmentally sound manufacturing process. Stay tuned for whom Annabelle Selldorf (Architect), Christian Larsen (Decorative Arts Curator, Metropolitan Museum of Art), Felix Burrichter (Editor-in-Chief, Pinup Magazine), India Mahdavi (Interior Designer) and Murray Moss (independent curator) select - and see the final objects debut at the fair this spring.

Collective Features

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International talent, innovative thinking: Collective Features showcase site-specific installations by designers who redefine the boundaries of creative practice, often foregrounding the design process as they demonstrate the diversity of today’s material culture.

BreadedEscalope is an experimental design collective from Vienna, Austria. At Collective, they will present a new iteration of their on-going project Original Stools, in which a colorful resin stool is produced through a unique process based on environmental interaction and serendipity. Each process begins with a hollow orb containing a flexible silicone mold. The orb is filled with resin and set in motion, rolling through a chosen location: city streets, down a slope, into water, and more, encompassing over 40 settings around the globe to date. The flexible form “records” all influences from the outside environment as the resin hardens during the orb’s journey. An Original Stool is always an unpredictable character that describes the unique story and place of its evolution.

Brook Klausing of Brook Landscape will create a site-specific green corridor that transports visitors from the fair entrance through a classical garden passageway. The subtle, enchanting installation will feature raw timbers salvaged from the Rockaway boardwalk after Hurricane Sandy. Select pieces from Natural Workshop, a new product company launching this spring from Klausing and collaborator Brian Green, will be integrated into the space. Bringing the outdoors in, the project will impart a transitional space with an air of permanence and playfulness.

Dutch designer Stefan Hengst debuts FRACTURED, a digitally printed installation transforming the entrance area to the 2017 fair. The multi-layered art piece has been created using a variety of fabrication techniques and will incorporate intricate stitching super-imposed atop a digitally fabricated work. FRACTURED explores the porous boundaries between art and design and conveys multiple points of view, sparking a dialogue between tradition and modernity. Reflecting and honoring the complicated world we inhabit, the installation is digitally produced by FaberExposize (The Netherlands).

This program is supported as part of the Dutch Culture USA program by the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York.

Stickbulb, a sleek modular lighting brand, committed to using sustainably sourced wood, will debut an ambitious, limited edition art piece featuring reclaimed redwood from demolished New York City water towers. Designed in collaboration with RUX, Ambassador re-adapts the richly textured wood into a giant circular portal of ethereal light. The form and scale connect with the majesty of the world's largest and most ancient trees.

Collective Design invited Huniford Design Studio to design the 800 square foot VIP lounge at the fifth anniversary fair. Located on the ground floor, the VIP lounge will also showcase furniture from the firm's new Huniford Collection, a luxury furnishings line, and will mark the launch of the new collection this Spring 2017. The VIP Lounge will also incorporate artisanal works from Yarema and Beavauis Carpeting and art work by Jennifer Steinkamp, Harmony Hammond, Jack Tworkov and Hassan Sharif, in collaboration with Lehmann Maupin and Alexander Gray Associates


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Pop-Ups engage visitors with offerings from some of the most engaging brands in the design space; this year we welcome Bookmarc, Pomellato, Storefront for Art & Architecture and TCI Laboratory.

Marc Jacobs’ Bookmarc joins Collective Design for the first year, presenting a curated selection of objects and photography, as well as fine art, design, architecture, and new & rare titles for sale. Together with Collective Design, Bookmarc presents a special series of on-site talks with leaders in the creative industries, to include Mattia Bonetti, among others.

In honor of the brand’s 50th Anniversary, the global luxury brand and Italian fashion fine jeweler Pomellato will recreate an exciting and evocative scene from the legendary Milanese café Bar Jamaica: a tribute to its origins in the place where it all began. A popular hangout for the artists, intellectuals and bohemians of the late Sixties, Bar Jamaica is where the founder of Pomellato conceived of a new way of thinking about jewelry: to capture the essence of the times in contemporary designs using traditional time-honored jewelry-making techniques.

Storefront launches New Artifacts, the first iteration of Storefront Editions, presenting three limited works from the worlds of art, architecture, and design. The works have been specially commissioned for Storefront’s 2017 Spring Benefit: Artifact, which will take place at Federal Hall on May 23rd. They include L-Ruler by Adam McEwen, LITE-SCAPES SF by LOT-EK, and Marilyn by Murray Moss in collaboration with Lobmeyr.