Collective Design closed its fifth-anniversary edition on Sunday, May 7th to an outstanding response from participants and the public alike. The fair kicked off the NYCxDESIGN calendar with a record number of visitors in attendance over its five-day run, with an exceptional group of design luminaries and esteemed collectors joining on opening night. Noteworthy sales were reported of both unique vintage pieces and important contemporary works.
The 2017 Collective Design brought together a focused, carefully curated selection of 28 exhibitors and 21 special presentations from designers, cultural partners and makers from around the world, reinforcing the fair’s commitment to representing a complete view of design today.
The Noguchi Museum returned to the fair to co-curate the site-specific installation Waiting Room: Noguchi/Stadler, which paired Isamu Noguchi's work with that of contemporary designer Robert Stadler. The LAB, Rockwell Group’s in-house design innovation studio, created an immersive arrival moment to the fair titled Tinsel Town.
The annual Collective Influence series this year honored Swiss designer Mattia Bonetti with a comprehensive survey of his most important work, curated by Glenn Adamson. Since 1988, Bonetti has worked with the iconic David Gill Gallery in London, a new exhibitor for 2017. Artists Fredrikson Stallard picked up the Editor’s Choice Award for their incredible new ‘Antarctica’ table, which received much attention at the booth.
Collective Design offered works appealing to both new and seasoned collectors, with a curated array of 20th-century vintage collectibles and key 21st-century contemporary pieces selling at a wide variety of price points. R & Company (New York) sold 12 historical Joaquim Tenreiro chairs as well as multiple Haas Brothers works. Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia) reported a nearly sold out booth, placing a set of Barbara Kruger prints from 1985 for $65,000, along with a significant work by the contemporary potter Roberto Lugo for $13,000. Lost City Arts (New York), a longstanding exhibitor, saw strong 20th-century sales with a 1967 painting by Allan D'Arcangelo trading for $58,000 and a Harry Bertoia silver gong pendant from the 1950s selling to an important collector for $47,000.
My favorite pieces, pictured in the gallery below, are from the lusted gallery. Have fun and shop!