Nomad 2020 – The third winter edition of NOMAD Saint Moritz, the first travelling showcase for collectible design and contemporary art, takes over Chesa Planta, an exquisite Alpine residence in Switzerland’s Engadin mountains. We have rounded up our favourite contemporary pieces, all designed around a contemporary vision for collectible design which innovates keeping an eye on their heritage and previous life.
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British brand Established & Sons’ inaugural exhibition at NOMAD showcases the humourous series of Kebab lamps by British studio Committee . The pieces come as a composition of found objects and keepsakes: ancient pots, birdcages and plumbing parts are juxtaposed to create a skewered mix of textures and forms. On show also the Iris table by Barber & Osgerby and the Another Kountry collection by Roy McMakin.
Multi-disciplinary design studio Draga & Aurel presents Mimetic Sculptures, a site-specific installation inspired by theatre and dialogue. On show, new chairs created from salvaged materials. The Elah pouf and a new Golia bench and brand-new coffee tables made of resin, cement and brass. The pieces are o display alongside abstract paintings and colourful Joy wall lamps.
Fornasetti presents the Libri trumeau, a combination of a sideboard, cocktail cabinet and drop-lead writing bureau, transporting guests to the Milanese atelier’s origins and its love for engraving and decorative art. The design is a re-edition of a furniture born from the collaboration between Gio Ponti and Piero Fornasetti in 1950.
Carwan Gallery showcases 113 a new series of otherworldly bronze sculptural vessels by Canadian artist Omer Arbel. The pieces are the a result of Arbel’s ongoing study of the reciprocal relationship between glass and metals. Belgian gallery MANIERA presents The Lightness Series, a collection of blown and non-blown voluminous glass shapes, by Spanish architect’s Marta Armengol.
Further objects revisited and customised include a version of the Cafofo shelf by Memeluca Studio commissioned by Mercado Moderno, Rio de Janeiro-based specialists in mid-century and contemporary Brazilian design. The gallery presents also the Costela lounge chair designed by Carlo Hauner and Martin Eisler in 1950. The seat is made from rhythmically arranged hardwood slats on a tubular iron frame and recalls a “wooden rib cage”.
Milan-based Galleria Luisa Delle Piane presents La Tavola degli Elementi – The Periodic Table -, an architectural collection by Piero Lissoni entirely clad in ALPI wood. Inspired by the brilliant discovery of the Russian chemist Mendeleev, the series seems to be ordered according to a compositional formula of chemical element-modules.
All photos by NOMAD Saint Moritz 2020.