Collectible design fairs are like treasure troves brimming with limitless artistic innovation, inviting both enthusiasts and creators into a shared space of aesthetic fascination. Amidst these events, Salon Art + Design stands as New York’s most anticipated celebration, returning for its 12th edition from November 9 to 13, 2023 at the historic Park Avenue Armory produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates. STIR presents a preview of what awaits at this year’s design exhibition.
The design fair is set to elevate the art and design experience to new heights. Nestled within the backdrop of the fall arts calendar of New York City, this renowned design event, continues to push the boundaries of innovation and creativity. It offers an interesting and unique array of collections that are bound to leave visitors in awe, seamlessly blending vintage, modern and contemporary designs, along with blue-chip 20th-century art. The fair brings together over 50 exhibitors from around the world spanning the realms of furniture, studio glass, ceramics, Japanese art, and exquisite jewellery.
Executive Director of Salon Art + Design, Jill Bokor, encapsulates the essence of the design exhibition by saying, “ We want Salon to provide a sense of discovery for our audiences, which include both seasoned and entry-level collectors alike. While Salon is known for showing some of the most world-renowned galleries in design, we also want the fair to serve as a platform for burgeoning galleries that are showcasing some of the most cutting-edge designs. We are excited for our visitors to reconnect with the galleries while also discovering the new and unexpected”.
What sets this edition of the art and design fair apart is its commitment to showcasing both established and emerging voices in the world of design. The design event is thrilled to welcome a host of new exhibitors, including some making their debut in the United States. These newcomers inject an element of freshness and surprise into the event. New design exhibitors include Achille Salvagni Atelier, Bo Design Group, Didier Ltd, DK Farnum, Elevated Matter Gallery, Gallery Mathivet, Galerie Philia, Guy Regal NYC among others. Fine art dealers like Galerie Gmuzynska, Halcyon Gallery and Zeit Contemporary Art are also joining the fair for the first time. The roster of returning exhibitors is equally impressive, with established participants like Bernard Golberg Fine Arts, Cristina Grajales, David Gill Gallery, Donzella Ltd, Galerie Marcilhac, Gallery FUMI, Karl Kemp, Maison Gerard, Todd Merrill Studio, enriching the fair with their distinct offerings.
In an inaugural move for Salon, this year’s edition will feature a select group of special design and jewellery exhibitions and installations on the fair’s floor offering visitors an immersive experience. These design exhibitions range from exclusive capsule collections by individual designers to curated displays by galleries, adding a layer of depth and intrigue to the fair. Let's take a look at some of these exhibitors that promise to captivate attendees.
Founded by Tom Chapman and Nicolas Pickaerts, this is a destination for curated, collectible and unique objects. With an emphasis on connecting people to the world’s most beautiful home-design objects, ABASK highlights contemporary craftsmanship and design objects, some reissued from sought after design archives.
Charles Zana Mobilier
Architect Charles Zana’s furniture collection presents pieces with an exclusive modern mood rooted in French traditions. Elegance, proportion and comfort encapsulate the philosophy of this furniture design collection, embodying Zana’s choices of materials, colours and volumes.
Renowned for creating elemental and remarkable lighting, furniture and artworks, Cox London will present their unique pieces for the first time in New York City. Among the standout pieces is the Magnolia Chandelier, inspired by nature with elements, offering the perfect balance of artistry, artefact, design and craftsmanship.
An international design firm founded by Brian DeMuro and Puru Das, DeMuro Das places a strong emphasis on the quality of materials, collaboration and the timeless nature of honest beauty. At Salon, they will launch four new table design collections including “Tempest” and “Clarion”, which is a continuation of their exploration of semi-precious stones combined with traditional Indian craft traditions.
Humans Since 1982 x Spaceless Gallery
Known for its nomadic nature, the Spaceless Gallery has presented an exhibition of new work from Humans since 1982. This Stockholm-based studio is celebrated for its fusion of art and technology, and it will showcase “A Million Times 120”, a kinetic installation, exploring the interplay between time, technology and human perception.
Matthew Fisher of M.Fisher Studio will debut his “Elegy” collection, which features furnishings and lighting carved from Brazilian quartzites and Middle-Eastern onyx, supported by dark bronze and burnished silver metalwork.
The Spaceless Gallery
The gallery transcends traditional white cube spaces by operating in ever-changing, ephemeral locations worldwide. This unique approach fosters fresh dialogues between the exhibition venue, art and viewers, encompassing various art forms, including music and performance art.
Silvia Furmanovich’s “East/West” collection, inspired by her travels throughout Japan, reinterprets traditional and Japanese motifs through her signature marquetry technique, incorporating Japanese craft traditions.
Thomas Cooper Studio
Representing a collaboration between owners and designers Sally and Jason Cooper, Thomas Cooper Studio combines various materials and techniques to create unique pieces including heat-formed, mouth blown glass, carved marble and more.
Jaipur,-based Trunks Company will make its US debut, showcasing artisan, handmade luxury trunks that bridge tradition and innovation. One of their notable creations is the Pipe & Chess Bar Cabinet, inviting connoisseurs to enjoy a pipe and a game of chess.
In addition to the exciting exhibitor line-up, the design event has also curated an engaging program of Salon Conversations. These discussions will bring together design luminaries, editors, tastemakers and industry leaders to delve into thought-provoking topics and forward-thinking conversations. The topics range from the role of decorative arts in television to navigating the evolving worlds of art and finance and discussions about the power of objects in shaping our living spaces.
As we approach the upcoming 12th edition of Salon Art + Design, get ready for a captivating blend of design and art. This event offers a unique experience that transcends time and creativity. Whether you are a seasoned connoisseur or a new enthusiast, you will not want to miss this opportunity to explore the evolving world of collectible design and fine art. It is a celebration of innovation while paying homage to tradition, where past, present and the future come together in perfect harmony.
Salon Art + Design will take place at the Park Avenue Armory from November 9 to 13 in New York City.