Mushrooms Inspire Jos Devriendt’s Second Exhibition at Demisch Danant in New York
Belgian designer Jos Devriendt has formally studied ceramics and sculpture. He also has devoted ample time to considering mushrooms—not their hallucinatory effects but their forms. His first solo show last year at Demisch Danant in New York presented dozens of what he calls “functional sculptures,” all in porcelain handcrafted in shapes derived from the fungi. Today “You Are Gold,” his second exhibition at the gallery, presents 30 new stoneware lamps in similar silhouettes but now glazed in gold or bronze. “What made the collaboration right is the alignment of Jos’s design philosophy with our interest in minimalist form, technical innovation, and research,” Suzanne Demisch states. Indeed, the works are the result of Devriendt’s 20-year exploration of not only the mushroom, but also how the passage of time can transform the perception of objects and their context and the distinctions between day and night.