Jorgen Hovelskov’s harp chair // Image courtesy of Dienst + Dotter
Bae Se Hwa // Image courtesy of Gallery Seomi
Finn Juhl made by Bovirke // Image courtesy of Vance Trimble
Sergio Rodrigues’s “Mucki” long bench in jacaranda // Image courtesy of R & Company
Sebastian Errazuriz’s “Metamorphosis” // Image coutesy of Cristina Grajales
India Mahdavi landscape side table // Image courtesy of Carwan Gallery
Event Recap | Collective 2 Design Fair
Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
By Matthew Keeshin
Amidst the high-octane sales and soirées that occurred at the art fair Frieze New York this year, designers, curators, and design enthusiasts were excited to be back for the return of Collective Design Fair. The event brought together galleries specializing in 20th Century and contemporary design from around the world.
Collective 1, the fair’s first edition, made its premiere last year, and this year's Collective 2 was met with anticipation. New York-based architect Steven Learner founded the fair after traveling abroad and experiencing a variety of art and design fairs. Learner felt that what he saw went beyond the fairs in New York, noticing that the Big Apple’s events mostly focused on antique furniture and objects. Desiring a variety of contemporary and vintage design, he cultivated a team of notable gallerists, curators, and designers to produce a design fair in New York that would be a new platform to educate visitors and sell design from national and international galleries.
“The diversity of our backgrounds and points of view has been our strength,” he says. “The fair was conceived and designed with many different perspectives in mind, from the casual visitor to the design patron to the architect or designer to the exhibitor. And we want Collective to be inclusive, so visitors can come to the fair and walk away with a vintage Swedish chair or jewelry made by a young designer.” Aside from exhibitors, the fair hosted the lecture series Collective Conversations and featured exhibitions that included a Scandinavian design show curated by the director of the Museum of Arts and Design, Glenn Adamson, and a solo exhibition of work by Dutch designer Hella Jongerius—co-curated by Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell of Moss Bureau. Collective 2 also presented projects by young graduates from Design Academy Eindhoven. Selections from Patrick Parrish’s collection of Carl Auböck paired well with exhibitors like Carwan Gallery’s Landscape Series, tables made of a pure brass structure with a ceramic mosaic top. With a commitment to quality and history, the galleries at Collective successfully represented the past, present, and future of design.
The fair has already grown from 23 to 36 exhibitors, and Learner looks forward to seeing how the fair will continue to provide an opportunity to explore design and make an impact on the community. “Just as the art community has grown as a result of the international art on view in New York,” he says. “The design community can benefit from more of this kind of exposure.”