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What to expect this year at Collective Design

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What to expect this year at Collective Design Fair. Collective Design Fair Preview. Pictured here: Crosby Studio's neon violent chair-carousel hybrid (Courtesy Crosby Studios).

This year, Collective Design returns to New York for its sixth edition, much earlier than previous years, relocating from the May NYCxDesign itinerary to Armory Arts Week. From March 9 through 11, a curated selection of design-focused galleries from around the world will occupy their booths with site-specific installations by local designers and museums. Here are five exhibitors showcasing for this year’s theme: the design process and study of objects.

(Courtesy Crosby Studios)

My Reality
Crosby Studios

Reminiscing on the traditional carousels of his childhood, Russian-born artist Harry Nuriev created an installation of four chairs that connect to a spinning table, like a carousel. The interactive is intentionally saturated in violet, a spectral color that occupies its own place at the end of the light spectrum.

The Qualia Collection - Azadeh Shladovsky

(Courtesy Azadeh Shladovsky)

The Qualia Collection - Azadeh Shladovsky

(Courtesy Azadeh Shladovsky)

The Qualia Collection
Azadeh Shladovsky

The Qualia Collection was named after the word’s definition; the internal or subjective component of perception that arises from stimulating the senses. Conceptual, yet empirical, the series explores the importance of touch in visual cognition. Each piece is represented by a letter from the braille alphabet, metaphorically denoting the palpable raised dots.

“Carré Rive Gauche” antiques - Chahan Gallery

(Courtesy Chahan Gallery)

“Carré Rive Gauche” antiques
Chahan Gallery

Renaissance man Chahan Minassian—interior designer, decorator, collector, gallery owner, antique dealer, and designer—will put on view his very own found treasures: Midcentury furniture and individual works from artists he represents, straight from the heart of Paris’s prestigious Carré Rive Gauche antiques area. The lineup includes works by Brooklyn ceramicist Peter Lane, Los Angeles–based ceramic artist Antoinette Faragallah, Belgian conceptual artist Arne Quinze, and Minassian’s own designs.

Mid Century Design - Lost City Arts

(Courtesy Lost City Arts)

Mid Century Design - Lost City Arts

(Courtesy Lost City Arts)

Mid Century Design
Lost City Arts

The New York–based gallery famous for its collection of Harry Bertoia works will showcase several pieces by that Italian-American artist, in addition to other postwar American Craft furniture and midcentury Danish and Italian furniture and decorative arts. Select artists include Wendell Castle, George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Louise Nevelson, and Nanna Ditzel.

Moore X Odabashian Nina Johnson

(Courtesy Nina Johnson)

Moore X Odabashian Nina Johnson

(Courtesy Nina Johnson)

Moore X Odabashian
Nina Johnson

An ode to positive and negative space, rug company Odabashian teamed up with Miami-based artist Emmett Moore on a collection of tapestries that combine a curious amalgam of digitally altered and collaged stripes or checkers with natural materials. Each rug is embellished with a unique pattern that was derived from marble, granite, or terrazzo. Some works retain a text water- mark or digital signature that indicates the computer-aided design process.

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