The Collective Design Fair is a commercial and educational platform featuring thoughtfully-selected works from an international roster of established and emerging galleries. Under the direction of its founder, architect Steven Learner and guided by a passionate group of industry leaders including designers, architects, gallerists, and collectors, Collective Design engages a diverse range of global voices and expertise to create a compelling discourse on 20th and 21st-century design.
In its third successful year, Collective Design brought talent from more than 11 international cities together, treating décor as art, and championing independent design talent.
Top picks from Collective Design 2016:
Winner of the 2013 A’Design Award and Competition Milan, Italy, the butterfly chair is made from a single ribbon of forged and textured steel without the use of soldering or joints. Designed by Santo and Jean Ya, it is a fine example of the duo's handmade, highly skilled traditional craftsmanship blended with modernity. Represented by ADN Galeria from Mexico City.
Apparatus Studio displayed their new collection of aged brass and etched glass lights. A striking booth complemented the stellar products, that were also displayed at ICFF 2016. The design house's New York-based studio is where all the action is at, with the entire collection available for viewing by appointment only. Their lights echo an Art Deco feel that would fit easily into an Indian home. The pieces are priced between $2100 and $9600.
Despite hosting a fair of their own, Sight Unseen exhibited at Collective Design, spotlighting ambitious independent American design studios, and depicting healthy design collaborations.
Bower x by Studio Proba employed themes of water, reflection and transcendence in their tinted glass base waterline chair and Nirvana Rug.
The Fernando Mastrangelo Studio based in Brooklyn exhibited their latest collection – DRIFT. This collection stood out as a favourite in NYCxDESIGN, with its sculptural furniture made using sand and cement. They showed last year at the Collective fair too, where their ombré cement collection left a lasting impression. The designer has shown at multiple fairs internationally, creating magic with such commonplace objects
Gallery ALL represented Zhoujie Zhang, China EDIDA winner. Seen here are his Triangle stool and Split chair, both in brass. They are in a limited edition collection of 50 pieces. Multifaceted metal results in pieces that can be used as striking furniture, or even as a stand-alone sculpture.
Wallpaper Trends: Flavor Paper displayed Super Series, an exploration of the interplay of light and architecture on David Nosanchuk’s photographs of New York and Rome. Details of wood benches, stained glass windows and skylights created repeating patterns that formed a 3D effect. This was one of the coolest design trends witnessed at Collective Design 2016.
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Established wallpaper brand Calico displayed their “Satori” collection featuring a striking metallic drip line inspired by Kintsugi – the Japanese art of repairing pottery. This was one of the most appealing design trends from the fair.
Great Things to People (gt2p) represented by Friedman Benda Gallery created this gorgeous marble and bronze dining table. Impeccable finishing and stunning details came together to form a breathtaking piece. It is truly an object to cherish.
Picture Courtesy - Rushda Hakim
After three years of its existence, the design trends seen at Collective Design 2016 not only demonstrated how the fair has matured but also how the design market has evolved. Did we cover any specific trends that you liked the most? Tell us on Twitter and Instagram @DiscernLiving.