Collective Design - Fair

Programming

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

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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.

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.

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

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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.