Design – Collectors, interior designers, architects met up in the Swiss Apls for the Nomad unconventional boutique fair at Chesa planta, a 16th-century stately patrician house in St Moritz. The showcase featured 25 leading galleries to create immersive installations, mixing high-end modern and contemporary art and design, redefining the classic idea of events and fair exhibitions by placing works in incredible architectural locations.
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American artist Rob Pruitt reflected on the complexity of migration with a collection of ‘moving blankets’, intended to be wrapped around furniture to protect it during a move or when travelling. The series comprises 40 different quilted blankets, each one featuring a repeated pattern of pixelated birds in flight. Curated by Beatrice Trussardi, the project was designed for online retailer Yoox.
Gallery Fumi presents INCONTRO, a solo furniture exhibition of newly commissioned works by Italian designer Francesco Perini. Known for his masterful handling of sophisticated materials and ingenious craftsmanship, the designer harnessed traditional craft of marquetry to create fine furniture formed primarily in wood, but also stone, marbles and metals.
Rome’s gallery Galleria Giustini / Stagetti presented the Botanica series of handcrafted bioplastic vases designed by research studio Formafantasma. The vessels merge antique forms and the modern sound of plastic.
Milanese gallery Massimo de Carlo presented Carsten Holler’s poisoned mushroom carpets. The new design are a colorful and bidimensional version on the famed artist’s iconic series. On show also a jellyfish-like knitted chandelier and quirky furniture.
The Suora Lamp – Nun Lamp in Italian – is a homage to master architect, designer and photographer Carlo Mollino, just as Alessandra Roveda’s Casa del Sole chair, namesake to Mollino’s architectonic masterpiece in the mountains. Both the designs were presented by Galleria Paola Colombari.
Hearing about Roberto Sironi’s commitment to research, archeology and material innovation, one might easily envision a man in his late sixties. It turns out, Sironi is a rather young researcher. His side table from the RUINS series presented by the Beirut-based Carwan Gallery is assembled with reconstituted marble and metallic shine from Fonderia Battaglia.