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Collective Design Fair 2016: Top 10 Must-See Highlights From Etage Projects, Friedman Benda And More

May 05, 2016 11:44 AM EDT
Collective Design Fair 2016
(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Collective Design Fair 2016)

It is that time of year again when the annual Collective Design Fair opens its doors to the public and kicks off New York City's two-week-long international design and art extravaganza, NYCxDesign.

The fair is held at Skylight Clarkson Sq and presents an unrivaled group of established and emerging designers and artists. The show hosts some of today's leading gallery collections as well as site-specific installations that push the boundaries of contemporary design. 

In its fourth consecutive year, Collective continues to bring together designers, architects, gallerists, collectors and creative enthusiasts alike to grow and educate the design community. The fair will run through Sunday, May 8. 

Discover our design editor's top 10 exhibitor highlights from the 2016 Collective Design Fair including Fair, Etage Projects, R&Company, Fernando Mastrangelo Studio, Friedman Benda, Lost City Arts, Maison Gerard, Appartus, Fort Standard and Gallery ALL. 


1. Fair

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / FAIR at Collective Design Fair 2016)


FAIR focuses on superior, handcrafted design-driven works that evoke an organic minimalist aesthetic. The brand represents various furniture, lighting and decorative object designers. Currently, we are especially drawn to the handmade wood sculptures, or wood vessels, by Joshua Vogel


2. Etage Projects

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Etage Projects at Collection Design Fair 2016)


Copenhagen-based platform for designers, artists and architects — Etage Projects — presents the exclusive new "Hue Collection" designed by Dutch/New Zealand designer Sabine Marcelis in collaboration with Brit van Nerven. The collection is comprised of neon lights, colored glass mirrors and gloss cubes. We also love this gold chair designed by Guillermo Santomà.  


                                                   3. R&Company

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / R&Company at Collective Design Fair 2016)


R&Company represents historical leading designers and today's most innovative contemporary artists. These one-of-a-kind, hand-thrown porcelain vases are designed by The Haas Brothers. Known as the "Accretion Vases," each ceramic sculpture is unique and we are drawn to the stunning details and vibrant colors that remind us of something you would discover in the ocean's wild life.


4. Fernando Mastrangelo Studio

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Fernando Mastrangelo Studio at Collective Design Fair 2016)

Designer Fernando Mastrangelo presents his latest series "Drift." A collection of seating designs and a mirror that are each comprised of cast sand and inspired by natural earth formations and glaciers. Drift is a distinct, imaginative representation of Earth's natural elements, while also showcasing Mastrangelo's quintessential design approach of intermixing indoor and outdoor materials together to create works that result in a refined aesthetic. 

5. Friedman Benda

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Friedman Benda at Collective Design Fair 2016)


Each year the Collective Design Fair highlights a particular design practice with the "Collective Influence" exhibition. This year's honoree is nendo, a Japanese creative firm known for its playful, conceptual and visionary approach to design. The fair presents nendo's new exhibition, "Trace Collection," which experiments with volume, form and materiality that result in a series of lighting and objects. 

Friedman Benda and nendo also recently presented "50 Magna Chairs" at the Basilica Minore di San Simpliciano for Milan Design Week. 

6. Lost City Arts

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Lost City Arts at Collective Design Fair 2016)


Lost City Arts specializes in 20th-century design furniture, lighting and decorative objects. We immediately spotted the gallery's pair of "Bone" screens designed by Don Harvey. Made in the U.S. in the 1960s, these screens are comprised of cast fiberglass and aluminum. 


7. Maison Gerard

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Maison Gerard at Collective Design Fair 2016)


Maison Gerard never fails to present a collection of top-quality, jaw-dropping antique and contemporary works -- a booth we eagerly look forward to at various Manhattan shows. The bold works of Andy Diaz Hope were highlighted for this year's Collective Design Fair. A wall display featured Hope's mirrored sculptures, inspired by geological formations, beautifully reflect light and color from their surroundings. 


8. Apparatus

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Apparatus at Collective Design Fair 2016)


Apparatus Studio present their newest lighting collection, "Circuit." The series references the work of identifiable work of Dan Flavin, experimenting with rhythm and layering. The glass capsule designs are finished in a brass shade, and the presentation of lights handsomely illuminated off bleached oak wood panels. 


9. Fort Standard

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Fort Standard at Collective Design Fair 2016)


Fort Standard presents "Qualities of Material," a collection of structural furniture made in wood, stone and leather. A major standout is the "Relief Stone Cabinet" made up of three stackable units that rests upon a maple wood base. This design is intriguing for its utilitarian design that also evokes a level of elegance and sophistication due to its unique use of natural materials. 


10. Gallery ALL

(Photo : Fashion Times - Meg Busacca / Gallery ALL at Collective Design Fair 2016)


The Los Angeles and Beijing gallery, Gallery ALL, presents the futuristic work of Chinese designer Zhoujie Zhang. Zhang's sculptural, kaleidoscopic works consist of brass chairs and stainless steel wall objects. The new collection "Mashing Mesh Series," is comprised of mirror-finished stainless steel objects that have been developed by digital graphics and computer-based technologies. 


And in case you missed last year's fair, check out our 2015 favorites here!

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