The Month Ahead: EXPO Milano, Collective & ICFF Hit New York, and More Design World Happenings

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May 1, 2015 8:59PM


Our Month Ahead series rounds up noteworthy shows, news, and other happenings in the design and architecture communities.


Across the U.S.:

New York

Demisch Danant’s show “Difference and Repetition” closes on the 2nd to get ready for “Pierre Paulin: L’homme moderne,” which opens on the 12th. The show will feature the designer’s best-known works of the 1960s for Artifort, as well as several pieces that were originally designed for George Pompidou’s Presidential Apartment at the Élysée Palace in Paris.

Kit Nº7, 2014-2015

It’s also last call for “Nathalie du Pasquier: It Is Hard to Get Excited About Growth of Less Than 3% With No Sign of Imminent Improvement” which closes on the 2nd at Chamber. Next up, opening on the 14th, is “Capsule Nº 2: ‘This Is Not a Duet,’” with works by Gala Fernández Montero and Sung Jan, curated by Maria Cristina Didero and Juan Garcia Mosqueda.

Reclining Bob #SB050512 and Bob #SB040512, 2012

Also closing on the 2nd: UrbanGlass’s show “Nick Mount: The Fabric of Work.”

The Museum of Art and Design’s exhibition “Pathmakers: Women in Art, Craft and Design, Midcentury and Today” just opened on the 28th of April. Don’t miss works by greats like Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Eva Ziesel, Sheila Hicks, and more—through September 27th.

The Thread Wrapping Machine Chair 070415, 2015
Salon 94
The Thread Wrapping Machine Arch 120415, 2015
Salon 94

Anton Alvarez: Wrapsody” closes on the 9th. This show is the result of the designer’s one-month residency at Salon 94’s Freeman Alley space.

Pair of "Cherry Blossom Branch" candlesticks, 2011-2012
R & Company

David Wiseman’s “Wilderness and Ornament” at R & Company opens on the 11th and will include a complete room decorated by Wiseman within the gallery.

Another exhibition opening on the 11th is “The Team” at Johnson Trading Gallery’s 72 Franklin Street pop-up location.

Emmett Moore: IN-SPACE” is a must-see! Patrick Parrish Gallery, in conjunction with Miami’s Gallery Diet, exhibits furniture and lighting by Moore made by 3D printing open-source files—on view through the 17th.


Katie Stout, Docile/Domicile/Dandy,” the designer’s first solo show in Miami opens at Gallery Diet on the 8th.


Volume Gallery hosts their first solo show of Danish designer Anders Ruhwald’s work titled “The Charred Room.”


Dream Cars: Innovative Design, Visionary Ideas” opens on the 3rd at the Indianapolis Museum of Art.

Bellevue, Washington

Last month, the Bellevue Arts Museum mounted a show of more than 30 emerging designers in their region called “The New Frontier: Young Designer-Makers in the Pacific Northwest,” on view through August 16th. (via Sight Unseen)

Further Afield:


Spiral, 2015
Gallery FUMI
Helix, 2015
Gallery FUMI

Ceramist Johannes Nagel’s show “I Hardly Ever Thought of Flowers” has just gone on view at Gallery FUMI.

The third in a series in conjunction with the Crafts Council, What is Luxury?,” opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) last month and will be on view through September 27th.


Identity,” a group show with works by Djim Berger, Nacho Carbonell, Ayala Serfaty, Taher Chemirik, and others, is installed at Galerie BSL’s gallery at 23 Rue Charlot.


If you’re in Milan for EXPO, check out two shows curated by Germano Celant at the Triennale Design Museum: “Arts & Food: Rituals since 1851” and “Kitchens & Invaders.”

Weil am Rhein

Closing on the 31st at the Vitra Design Museum is “Architecture of Independence: African Modernism.”


Large dining table in pine designed by Lina Bo Bardi, Marcelo Ferraz and Marcelo Suzuki for the SESC-Pompéia Center, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 1980s., 1980s
R & Company

Lina Bo Bardi: 100 releases this week in the U.S. in honor of the architect’s 100th birthday (via Artbook DAP).


Kickstarter’s art director Alex Proba has designed a line of rugs, available exclusively at the Cooper-Hewitt Shop (via AIGA Eye on Design).

The new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum of American Art opens to the public this month. Read design critic Alexandra Lange’s review of the building (via Curbed).

Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge has once again broken its own record as “the most expensive object sold by a living designer.” It hammered for more than £2.4 Million (via Dezeen).


New York

Collective Design opens up at Skylight Clarkson Sq on Tuesday, May 13th and runs through Sunday the 17th. Check out the preview on Artsy starting Tuesday, May 5th.

Collective is part of the citywide celebration of design NYCxDESIGN, which encompasses a range of industry events throughout the city, including ICFFWantedDesignSight Unseen OFFSITETribeca Night, and more.


Wright’s Scandinavian Design auction is on the 7th and Design Masterworks is on the 19th, which includes the sale of Frank Gehry’s Winston Guest House.

Los Angeles

LA Modern Auctions’s Modern Art & Design sale takes place on the 17th.


Lovers of watches rejoice! The first sales of Phillips’s new collector category occur this month: Glamorous Day-Date on the 9th and The Geneva Watch Auction: One on the 10th.

—Alex Gilbert

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