Twelve Outstanding Objects at Collective Design Fair

At left, the booth of Jousse Entreprise at the inaugural Collective Design Fair, which runs through today at Pier 57 in New York. (Photos: UnBeige)

NYCxDESIGN is upon us, and among our favorite happenings so far is Collective, a new design fair that has brought 22 galleries from around the world to New York’s Pier 57. Spearheading the impressive initiative is Steven Learner, working with a supportive bunch of designers, curators, collectors, and dealers (hence “Collective”). “As an architect and collector, I have visited the greatest design fairs in the world and realized that it was essential to create an event of this caliber in New York,” says Learner, whose architecture and interior design firm managed to make the gritty, 70,000-square-foot hangar feel breezy and inviting. Here are a dozen of our favorite works from the fair.

J. Lohmann Gallery brought a stunning assortment of new works from five European artists. Here, a ceramic and PVC “Tied Up” piece by Steen Ipsen.

The gorilla in the room, shown by Southern Guild of South Africa, is Bronze Age’s “Welcome to My World” (2012), a bronze and timber primate that stands nearly seven feet tall. “Shadow of Time,” a 1989 floor clock by Ron Arad, is at the booth of Stockholm-based Modernity gallery.

Win the rat race with Atelier Ted Noten‘s lucite tote, at Ornamentum.

From left, Philadelphia-based Wexler Gallery brought Philipp Aduatz‘s “Melting Chair, Black Chrome Edition” (2012). Demisch Danant’s booth featured this undulating “Asmara Sectional” (circa 1966) by Bernard Goven. Behind it is a circa-1975 cabinet by Maria Pergay, whose latest work is on view through July 13 at the NYC gallery.

Jute menagerie. R 20th Century’s exquisite booth included this selection of Renate Muller‘s hand-sewn “Therapeutic Toy” animals, originally designed in 1969.

The Bertoia specialists at Lost City Arts brought this brass, steel, and marble “Dandelion” from the 1960s. When we realized we couldn’t afford it, we headed back to the Southern Guild booth and pouted inside Porky Hefer‘s “Black Hole” (2013), made from burst truck tires.

Common cents. Positioned near the entrance to Pier 57 is Johnny Swing‘s “Murmuration” (2012), made of welded nickels and stainless steel.

At Todd Merrill Studio Contemporary, Jennifer Trask‘s “Burgeon” (2012), a wall-mounted sculpture, contains 3,500 pieces of animal bone and teeth. Can you spot the python ribs?

Wexler Gallery came bearing “Baskets of Knowledge, Kete Tuauri” (2009) by David Trubridge.