May 5, 2017

15 Highlights From Collective Design Fair 2017

R & Company is showcasing pieces by the Haas Brothers, Porky Hefer, and Jeff Zimmerman at Collective Design. Photography by Clemens Kois.

The 5th annual Collective Design Fair opened its doors on Tuesday, kicking off the expanded roster of NYCxDESIGN festivities taking place around New York City in May. Founded by architect Steven Learner, Collective showcases a treasure trove of design objects, installations, and vintage and contemporary furnishings. Below are 15 must-sees from this year’s show.

Apparatus Studio

Photography by Joseph de Leo.

Anchoring the New York–based lighting studio’s scarlet-tinted pavilion is the never-before-seen Segment 6 dining table in oxblood lacquer, accentuated with Metronome floor lamps in suede.

Peter Lane

Photography by Jeff Klapperich.

The multidisciplinary designer’s clay-paneled Darkroom installation displays his experimental furnishings and design objects, most of which are also made of clay. Lane even had a say in the booth’s structural iron frame, a collaboration with FACE Design. 

Calico Wallpaper

Companion collections by Faye Toogood and Ana Kraš, part of the Brooklyn-based studio’s Imagined Landscape series, explore uncharted territories.

Fernando Mastrangelo

Photography by Cary Whittier.

The peripatetic designer of limited edition cast-concrete furnishings introduces sconces—his first foray into lighting—and smoother surfaces as part of two brand-new collections: Ghost and Thaw.


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A large-scale sculpture and optical illusion, the lighting brand’s installation showcases an eight-foot-tall arc of light in redwood beams, salvaged from a nearby water tower and reflected in a dark mirrored base.

David Gill Gallery

Image courtesy of David Gill Gallery.

This year’s Collective Influence headliner, furniture designer Mattia Bonetti, presents four decades of forward-thinking furnishings that embody his uncompromising vision and insatiable curiosities.

Image courtesy of David Gill Gallery.

 David Gill Gallery is also presenting a selection of sculptural furnishings by Fredrikson Stallard.

Noguchi Museum + Robert Stadler

Image courtesy of Studio Robert Stadler.

To coincide with the museum’s just-opened exhibit, sinuous furniture by Austrian-born designer Robert Stadler mingles with Noguchi classics to forge an environment inspired by a waiting room.

Breaded Escalope

Photography by Scott Rudd.

Every day at 4:30 p.m., the Viennese studio creates a resin stool through a whimsical process derived from rotational molding—fairgoers are encouraged to participate. Watch our Facebook live coverage of the process.

LAB at Rockwell Group

Photography by Chaunte Vaughn.

The renowned firm reinvented the Red Carpet with Tinsel Town, an undulating passageway made from CNC-milled plywood ribs clad in playful layers of shimmering, reflective foil fringe. Watch our interview with LAB at Rockwell Group designers Arianna Lebed and Daniel Marino about the installation.

Pelle + Erie Basin

Photography by Eric Petscheck.

The New York–based lighting studio joined forces with jewelry fabricators Erie Basin to create a stone sconce, silver-plated table lamp, and mahogany chair using experimental processes.

Flavor Paper + UM Project

Photography by Francis Dzikowski/OTTO.

A collaboration shows off a newly discovered water-based conductive ink through an interactive exhibit that blends soft pink hues with splashes of Ghislaine Viñas’s Wild Thing wallpaper.

Brook Landscape

Photography by Clemens Kois.

The Brooklyn-based landscape architecture firm’s just-launched furniture collection brings wabi-sabi principles, understated materials, and a duo of living walls to the entrance hall.

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