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12 Top Designers Pick Must-See Works at The Salon Art + Design

Artsy Editorial
Nov 6, 2015 11:07PM

For the third year, Artsy has invited 12 top designers—leaders in the fields of fashion, interiors, and architecture—to guide intimate tours of The Salon Art + Design, a fair known for its breadth of world-class exhibitors showing everything from 18th-century French furniture to the newest in contemporary design. Here’s a sneak peek of what they’ll be highlighting on their tours at the Park Avenue Armory next week.

Joe Nahem

Diego Giacometti, Hair dresser stool with Harpy, ca. 1960

Galerie Marcilhac, Booth D7

Hair dresser stool with Harpy, ca. 1960
Galerie Marcilhac

For over two decades, I have been a big fan of Diego Giacometti. I’m drawn to this piece as it exemplifies the fine line between Artist and Artisan. Its handmade quality and craftsmanship are unique and, generally, have a one-of-a-kind feeling to them.

Rebecca Moses

Gabriella Crespi, Mobile contenitore Mehir, 1978

Nilufar Gallery, Booth A18

Mobile contenitore Mehir , 1978
Nilufar Gallery

Perfection in form, tone, and design.

Kristen McGinnis

Adam Silverman, Untitled, 2015

Friedman Benda, Booth b1

I have loved Adam’s work ever since we first met when he was still at Heath Ceramics. His unique vision has firmly established him as a leader in the contemporary ceramic movement.

Sandra Nunnerley

Roger Capron, Bull Head, 1956


Roger Capron’s white and black enameled ceramic and metal Bull Head (1956) captures a sense of playfulness, adding a mid-century modern whimsy. I like to juxtapose contemporary and traditional pieces of art, encouraging my clients to enjoy the journey of exploration.

Charles Zana

Gio Ponti, Triennale Armchair, 1951

Galleria O. Rome, BOOTH D19

The Triennale Armchair is an original piece made by Gio Ponti in 1951 for the Triennale in Milan. A bergere chair deprived of its skin and reduced to its skeletal structure, it exemplifies and illustrates perfectly the aesthetics defended by Gio Ponti. The wood-working, also, is meticulously done, with curved surfaces and the suspended seat and back-rest creating the effect of levitation.

Amy Lau

Wharton Esherick, Sofa, 1968

Moderne Gallery, Booth D13

Sofa, 1968
Moderne Gallery

This free floating sofa by the “dean of American craftsmen” Wharton Esherick is a visual stunner. One of only three free-floating sofas ever created by him and with only eight known examples of this particular sofa, this sculptural masterpiece straddles the line between sculpture and furniture, feeling site-specific and yet functional in a variety of environments.  

Temple St. Clair

Line Vautrin, Witch mirror Soleil à pointes n°3”, ca. 1950

Galerie Marcilhac, Booth D7

Witch mirror "Soleil à pointes n°3", ca. 1950
Galerie Marcilhac

What I love about this piece is the whimsical, child-like view of the world.  All of Vautrin’s pieces—from buttons to jewels to compacts to mirrors—are the most playful, personal collectibles imaginable. Looking into this mirror can only make you smile.

Alexander Gorlin

Gio Ponti, Wardrobe, Mid-1960s

Galleria O. Rome, Booth D19

This remarkable object transforms a humdrum freestanding wardrobe that would conventionally be symmetrical, into a magical series of implied blue sky windows, recalling the surreal works of René Magritte.

John Eason

Thaddeus Wolfe, Unique Assemblage vessel, 2015

R & Company, Booth C5

Unique Assemblage vessel , 2015
R & Company

Both technically and aesthetically, Thaddeus Wolfe’s vase is an object of wonder. The boldly structured and skillfully executed form exhibits a perfect marriage of composition, color and texture. It is this same cohesive sensibility that I strive to bring to my interiors.

Vicente Wolf

Carl Axel Acking, Cabinet designed by Carl Axel Acking for Svenska Möbelfabrikerna Bodafors, Sweden, ca. 1940

Modernity, Booth C4

Cabinet designed by Carl Axel Acking for Svenska Möbelfabrikerna Bodafors, Sweden, ca. 1940

Clean design with simple lines, brass detailing and various storage sizes allow this cabinet to have multiple capabilities.

Ryan FitzGerald

Philippe Hiquily, Table, 1966

Demisch Danant, Booth A11

Table, 1966
Demisch Danant

I love the simplicity of design—two intersecting shapes in this work create a dynamic sculptural form.    

Ryan Lawson

Clare Graham, Pop Top side chair, 2000

DeLorenzo Gallery, Booth D2

Pop Top side chair, 2000
DeLorenzo Gallery

I really respond to the obsessive nature of Clare’s work. In the case of this piece, his process was truly transformative: he combined thousands of pop tops, a bit of canvas, and an old garden chair to form this strong piece of modern sculpture. You put it in a room, and rest assured that everyone is going to talk about it.

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