What’s On: Collective Design Fair launches in New York

New York’s newest design show, Collective Design Fair explores the blurring line between art and design.

New York’s newest design show, Collective Design Fair explores the blurring line between art and design.

Sebastian Errazuriz

Founded and created by Steven Learner, the fair comprises 24 international galleries that represent the best of what contemporary and vintage design has to offer. Our New York editor, Rita Nakouzi, selects her top picks from the inaugural edition.

When you first walk into the fair you instantly see Sebastian Errazuriz’s sculptural work Blow Me, which is made up of nine industrial drum fans with a neon sign lit in front of them. When visitors press the pedal in front of the drums they activate the fans, which sets the tone for a show that looks to figuratively “blow you away” with thought-provoking, witty and aesthetically interesting art and design pieces. Housed in Pier 25, each exhibiting gallery has plenty of space to really allow their vision, and that of their designers, to shine through.

R20th Century’s booth gives a cohesive story of melding vintage pieces with contemporary works, exemplified in the work of The Haas Brothers. Volume Gallery’s stellar roster of talent includes Jonathan Muecke, Minnesota-based collective Rolu and Snarkitecture. Rolu very much blurs the line between art and design with pieces that are as much beautiful sculptures as they are functional design pieces for the home.

One of our favorite galleries, Magen has a stellar desk from the 70s in the style of Joseph-Andre Motte. Also, Kinder Modern is a vintage and contemporary gallery for children’s design, comprising colorful pieces that are simple, modern and timeless.

Spectacles in and around the fair include the VIP and sitting areas that have been beautifully curated by BDDW, who always manage to create a mood that’s understated and elegantly thoughtful. In addition, a spectacular exhibition by renowned architect and designer Gaetano Pesce is his first in 25 years.

Speaking about the fair, Pesce says:

“For over 50 years, I have firmly believed that, if objects expressed values that were not exclusively utilitarian and that if the so-called work of art revealed its own functionality, as it did in the past, then the frontiers of artistic expression would open up to new territories, eliminating the barriers separating the various creative media and enriching the entire culture.”

His quote is fitting with the show, which intends to explore new territories and expand the way we look at, and interact with, design, while also educating us on the value of design and how it can enrich our culture. This is perhaps not a new dialogue in design, but it is a continuing one that has found a new setting within which to evolve and expand. We’re already looking forward to the next edition.

Collective Design Fair is showing at Pier 25 in New York until May 10, 2013.

David Trubridge

Gaetano Pesce

Ico & Luisa Parisi

Nils Landberg

Peter Davey

Phillip Estlund

Scott Campbell

Rachel Timmins


Barbro Nilsson

Dana Barnes Studio

What's On: Collective Design Fair launches in New York

Please fill the required fields

Subscribe to WGSN

Experience Lifestyle & Interiors on WGSN.

Related stories

Matthew Deutscher Instagram
The Pantone-inspired Instagram you have to see

Macy’s launches alliance with fashion website Nineteenth Amendment

Tate Sensorium: What it feels like to smell, taste and hear a painting

Filene's Basement set to return as online discounter

Carol Milne
Knitting with glass: The incredible work of Carol Milne

wgsn travel
Top 10 happenings around the world: September 2015

Redesigning plants: Five food ideas for the future

Afropunk festival Brooklyn 2015
The Curated Cool: Afropunk 2015

Forget perfection - laid-back, honest living is what's on trend now

By Chloe, New York: The coolest vegan restaurant right now

Thriftest WGSN
The Thriftist: Five flea market finds (and how I found them)

10 reasons to join At Mine - the new social network for interiors geniuses

Caleidoscopio Màgico (AKA the best playground in the world)

Root-to-stem thinking and easy wellness: Two minutes with Sustain The Glow

NEW YORK: NEW INC End of Year Showcase

Wallpaper*STORE blends content & commerce with the best of taste

Clothes in Motion at Rag&Bone

Five things you know if you’re doing Christmas In July

Luna & Curious to hold "hands-on" workshops during London Design Festival

London: Inflorescence and Other Artefacts exhibition by Marcin Rusak