A wild year, organic and wild

become Brittany Aries Capricorn heightBarbora Žilinskaitė’s storyteller Cabinet, Elaine Bong golden teacher, and Ian Collings stone object 56 (Background details) during New York Design Week 2021.
Photo Illustration: Curb; Photos: Courtesy of David Mitchell, Bungalow Earth, Friedman Panda, The Future Perfect

This year’s NYCxDesign is extraordinarily timed, split between a handful of virtual events and self-guided tours in May, followed by solo exhibitions and gallery shows in November, a way to hedge against the uncertain reality of the pandemic but also insist that the show must go on. Because of that, ICFF and Wanted Design were noticeably smaller this year and it coincided with the collector-focused Salon Art & Design fair, usually held in November. For many people, this was the first time in two years that they hosted exhibitions or showed their work to the public.

Despite the smaller scale and quieter attendance — the upcoming NYCxDesign design is scheduled just six months from now, and I expect this version to be more “natural” — there was palpable excitement in the air as designers and exhibitors were finally able to share their work in person. All of them are gone Cute and Comfortable Puff Silhouettes and bold Memphis colors and patterns. I was excited to see this design become even more wild, inward and intuitive. The work shown during Design Week does not appear to be interested in an inclusive (and isolated) dialogue within the design realm. Instead, many explored the relationships between people and the environment and borrowed shapes, textures, and materials from the natural world to do so.

Ashwini Bhatt Sky Trail Julian Watts Tree, Ian Collings BLK Basalt Table, Simon Jones the edge dry tape (Background details).
Photo Illustration: Curb; Images: Courtesy of The Future Perfect, Patrick Parrish Gallery, Simon Jones, and Shoshana Wayne Gallery

My first taste for this will come from Liam Lee sculptural felt furniture, which she wrote about prior to her debut at the Patrick Parrish Gallery of Art and Design. Lee, who cares about how someone’s home reflects itself, hasn’t left their home for weeks during the lockdown. His house was like a seal on the outside world, and the furniture—swaying in the shape of bacteria and seed pods—like things he didn’t think belonged in his house. I was drawn to the intuitive, free-flowing shapes of his hand-felt seats, which seemed to epitomize the sense of uncertainty and loss of control many of us felt during the pandemic. The only option was to go with the flow.

He was two feet away from Liam Lee’s chairs in the salon Julian Watts Tree, a sculpture made by an Oregon carpenter from twigs he found around his studio. Tree It consists of hand-carved and engraved handles and tubes made of maple, walnut, oak, redwood, ash, pine and fir that protrude from an eight-foot-high bleached totem. (It kind of reminded me of Bruce Lee wooden doll.) Characterized by some destroyed surfaces, others are smooth polished; They protruded from the central column like fungi on tree trunks. during the pandemic, He started reading poetry From the thirteenth century Buddhism Xiu, which changed the way he approached his five-acre piece of woodland where he was searching for lumber. He thought of the forms he had seen in nature which repelled him but made him want to touch them, and of the strangeness which he found there. for him moon The sculpting—of wooden knobs emerging from an undulating surface—has this effect too, in repelling and attracting a closer look at the same time. It provoked trypophobia while also reminding me of the strange appearance of a woodpecker cereal tree.

Sculptural tray from the New Home collection of Silvia Furmanovic, Jenna Lyons my valley Roll & Hill Table Lamp, Amber Cowan Moses visions the night in jade, And Lisan FergusonMold-inspired rug (background detail).
Photo Illustration: Curb; Photos: Courtesy of Roll and Hill, Heller Gallery, Silvia Furmanovich, and Lizan Freijsen

There were also many direct references to mushrooms, molds and fungi, a continuation of a trend that already existed. until far away Popular in decoration and has Take over social media The same way Memphis did a few years ago. Reaching peak mushrooms seems like a fitting metaphor for the past couple of years – they are ephemeral, strangely beautiful, and out of decadence. (And for a mental escape, well, just eat a little.) I enjoyed seeing how designers with a more abstract sensibility went beyond familiar kitchen appliances. The latest addition to Fi has her puffball A string of lights by Matter Made, displayed in the exhibition’s new project space, actually looks like one of those Puffballs spread on TikTok. Jewelery designer Silvia Furmanovic has launched a new line of household goods with wooden bowls that look like turkey tail fungusSome veered into grotesque. Bungalow Earth Show, a new art and design gallery, by Elaine Bong golden teacherAnd A floor lamp (displayed earlier this year in Pink Essay’s super excellent “Home Around You” exhibit) in a maitake shade and thorny stem. Even Jenna Lyons (yeah, who – which Jenna Lyons) rose up on the shroom to get a lamp in her first set of furniture, Produced in association with Roll & Hill. Amber Cowan Glass Art Imaginative and Surrealistic Sculpture Night visions of Moses in jade, in the booth of Heller Gallery, showed what looked (to me) like dozens of tiny mushrooms bursting through an overgrowth of flowers.

The works I enjoyed most were the rigid nature of the natural world: the irregular shapes and lines of something worn or cracked by the elements. Simon Jones, a furniture designer based a few hours’ drive from Montreal, looked at the sandstone landscapes around his studio for source materials. Cracks and crevices in the sandstone affected his rough carved wooden doors the edge dry tapewhich earned him the ICFF Award for Best New Designer. I was enchanted by Ian Collings’ ambitious series of stone sculptures at the booth of the Future Perfect salon, which showcased his mastery of materials and his evolution as a designer since leaving furniture brand Fort Standard, which he co-founded in 2018. stone object 56, a slab of onyx left raw on one side and polished to an undulating surface on the other, provided a division of the marks left by the natural world and his hand. For Collings, the stone blocks represent his preoccupation with constancy, transformation, and “images of time,” as he writes in his artist’s manifesto. BLK Basalt Table – chunky gray base with smooth black top – has subtle contours that remind me of a view from above by Isamu Noguchi California scenario sculpture garden. Ashwini Bhatt has stripped away the natural world in Sky Trail, a sculpture presented by Shoshana Wayne Gallery at Salon Art & Design. It’s from the eponymous series california compilation, a collection of works inspired by the country’s landscapes and Geological field surveys by John McPhee. Bhatt, who trained in Bharatanatyam dance style, he was able to capture the fragility of California’s wildlife in this twisting, meandering clay object adorned with a piece of lichen lace. Although it was made in 2019 and featured earlier this year at R & Company’s Objects 2020 show, its appearance at the Salon was especially fitting: the piece harnesses the frenetic energy she’s felt over the past two years strikingly.

Brass chair by Soren Ferguson, Max McInnes Beam a chair, jaeun park‘s Jimmy Chair, the Barbora Žilinskaitė storyteller (Background details).
Photo Illustration: Curb; Images: Courtesy Jayeon Park, Fran Parenty, Jonald Dodd, and Friedman Benda

To achieve a more natural-looking work, designers often leave surfaces rougher, revealing signs of human hands. Barbora Zielinskitu Lumpy storyteller The cabinet was one of these pieces. Sculpted from blue wood denim resin, the anthropomorphic dresser features folded hands as doors and a silhouette of shelves above. Brass stools and chairs designed by Soren Ferguson in issues A sprawling new showroom above the Broome Street Gallery has jagged edges and scalloped surfaces that look like an accident from the welding process. in wanted, jaeun parkOffered, a recent Cranbrook graduate Jimmy, series of two deformed and twisted resin chairs painted in neon yellow and orange. was inspired byJim Ballad,” the uptempo cover of French synth-pop by Paradise for Alain Souchon’s 1985 song about a man drinking and crashing into his car after his girlfriend breaks up with him. It was one of the weirdest and most amazing acts I’ve ever seen Max McInnes Beam chair in Jonald Dudd, a show that always represents the most conceptual exhibition of Design Week. McInnis usually works with existing objects collected by Frankensteined with a synthetic binder. with the Beam A chair, McInnis used raw pea gravel to line the French-style chair legs of the foldable chair embellished with Swarovski crystals, velvet upholstery, and a yellow chain—a totally unexpected combination.

another person doodle tableHiroko Takeda social fabric fabricAnd Paul Simon‘s episode Light, Beck Brittain Aries Capricorn height (Background details).
Photo Illustration: Curb; Photos: Courtesy of Jonald Dudd, David Mitchell

This year, several artists and designers whose brand is characterized by meticulous craftsmanship have separated into something unconstrained. another personfeverish doodle table in a Jonald DuddThe installation at Canal Street Market – an interlocking metal supporting a resin deck – was a departure from the designer Leah Ring Matisse pieces and Memphis-inspired pieces. At Colony’s first group show in two years, she got lost Hiroko Takeda‘s social fabric fabric. Her sculptural works are usually very intricate and feature recurring patterns, but for social fabric, It veered intermittently from the geometric overflow pattern with improvisational weaves, resulting in a fuzzy and unobtrusive design. Lighting designer Bec Brittan has given up on perfection Aries Capricorn height, a new lighting series inspired by a Keith Riley Draw the overflow jar and fiber optic. Brittain, whose work is usually flat, did not want to “design” the series and instead molds free-form swirled acrylic rods to appear with lights resembling 3D hand drawings.

While there have been many wonderful and delightful works in this year’s bizarre edition of NYCxDesign, Atelier Zébulon Perron has been Ice Palace The installation that moved me more than anything else. The atmospheric installation at the Lambert & Fils Newish Tribeca showroom consists of steel-frame pillar candles that are blown onto New York scaffolding and set atop tall monolithic sconces. Mirrors reflect the dim light and the flow of people in the room. The Montreal-based lighting company opened its venue last year but hasn’t been able to host a housewarming party yet. The candles had been burning for hours by the time I entered the darkened showroom, and traces of melted wax had swept off the side of the candelabra, hardening into Nazi shapes that had turned all evening. The speed of the installation changed every moment, and I felt a painful beauty. The other side of everything is an exciting place to be.

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