One of the few high-caliber shows that combines art and design in one exhibition, The Salon Art + Design New York is something we anticipate with great excitement. Some of the top galleries from around the world participate, showing important new and historical furnishings alongside art from a wide variety of genres. Designs by new artists making a name for themselves as well as well-known masters are on display. The well-edited collections form an international fair that is of exceptionally high quality and great interest. Homedit will be at the 2017 Salon in November to bring you the highlights. In the meantime, these are some of our favorites from last year.
The Cristina Grajales Gallery presented this quirky Sebastian Errazuriz lamp. The Chilean-born artist is known for works that juxtapose concepts of life and death. It’s part of his series using bird taxidermies in lamp sculptures. We love the eccentric design for its color as well as the placement of the light bulbs.
Another favorite based on an animal design is the Judy Kensley McKie’s cat bench, made from patinated bronze. It’s a whimsical design, yet it is very refined and clearly was inspired by African art. McKie is known for her animal designs that re influences by African, Native American and Precolombian art. It was shown by the DeLorenzo Gallery, specializing in 20th Century Decorative Arts and the work of acknowledged French Art Deco period masters.
Demisch Danant is always on our list of highlights and last year the gallery showed this grouping that was set against the backdrop of a textile fresco by Sheila Hicks. It is composed of five panels that are made from twisted skeins of linen, silk, and cotton. The colorful marquetry sofa and the coffee table are both by Maria Pergay.
At the modern end of the spectrum are works presented by R and Company. Known best for their program that features global works created from 1945 to today, they represent avant-garde artists like Katie Stout and the Haas Brothers of South Africa, whose chimeral furnishings and art attract collectors the world over.
In the historical realm, Galerie Chastel-Maréchal promotes and rediscovers works by important twentieth century French designers who worked between 1930 and 1960. This graphic coffee table is as relevant today is it was when it was created. Spare legs keep the focus on the stunning tabletop design.
The aptly named “Smile” pendant light by Jamie Hayon was presented by Galerie Kreo last year. Being fans of the gallery as well as Hayon, we were taken with the fun design that is at the same time sophisticated and versatile. The signed, limited edition light was also shown at Design Miami 2016.
Like giant jewelry for your home, these gems are suspended from the ceiling. The “Lustre aux Couleurs de la Forêt” (Luster of the colors of the forest) are by Swedish artist Frida Fjellman. The large, chunky lights evoke feelings of joy and gleam from within. While some might call this over the top, we call it wonderful. The work was show by Hostler Burrows.
As we noted at the start, The Salon is one of the few shows that features art as well as design, and always includes fascinating sculptures. This is “Tied Up” by Danish ceramist Steen Ipsen, whose decorative ceramic expression involves both form and decoration. It was shown by the J. Lohman Gallery.
Another art piece we adored was this stunning smoky colored vertical installation called Smolder by Andy Paiko Glass. Paiko considers his goal as an artist ”to examine the role of glass in relation to its function.” This was presented by the Wexler Gallery of Philadelphia.
This bench from the Maria Wettergren Gallery was a real attention getter last year. The little stuffed tufts of mohair fabric are seated in a grid of holes in the wooden bench, forming a most unusual looking surface. The loose ends of the tufts dangling underneath are a contrast to the tidy surface of poufs.
We love a classic chair and this marvelous pair was displayed by M.F. Toninelli of Monaco. The sumptuous upholstery is perfect because velvet is very on trend this year. The open leg detail makes the wood supports as much part of the art as the function.
Nilufar’s unusual chair is covetable because it just looks so comfortable. The design is fluid and gives the piece attractive curve. We imagine you could sit normally or lounge a bit, legs dangling…
Christopher Duffy’s astounding works always draw a crowd. Shown By the Sarah Myerscough Gallery, the constructions mimic the geological relief of undersea bed. His pieces are made from wood, resin and glass. The designs are somewhat of a happy accident because he only started making them after one day, in his glass factory, he noticed how a construction darkened as they added more layers.
Reminiscing over the great pieces on display last year has made us more excited about seeing the 2017 Salon Art + Design offerings. Keep an eye on Homedit in November for the year’s highlights!