David Gill Gallery announces its 2015 presentation for Salon Art + Design (New York). The gallery will be showing work from two of the UK’s biggest architects and the best of British and European avant-guard design.
The furniture of Dame Zaha Hadid – recent Royal Gold Medal award winner and designer of the newly revealed 520 West 28th Street residential development – has pushed as many boundaries as her architecture, with a body of work that seemingly defies traditional rules and hierarchies. Liquid Glacial Chair (2015) is one of several new pieces for 2015. The now iconic collection ‘Liquid Glacial’ was created in collaboration with David Gill Gallery. The collection, which seems to freeze time, a vortex of water at the tipping point of liquid and solid.
Sir David Chipperfield is one of the world’s great architects, working on projects including the Neues Musuem, Berlin and the forthcoming Nobel Centre in Stockholm. In September 2015, David Gill Gallery launched a new collaboration with the architect. Entitled ‘Ionic’ the collection of cabinets reference classical architectural motifs and employ noble materials such as steel, bronze and ribbed glass. The collection made instant impact. Single Bay Cabinet (2015) will represent this new collection in New York.
Following the major critical success of his six metre tall Tower of Babel, currently installed at the V&A, London, artist Barnaby Barford will be presenting new work in ceramic and crystal, which wrestles with ideas of utopia vs. dystopia and our relationship with the contemporary world. A mirror, with ceramic feature, Utopia (2015) features fragments of a reproduction of The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch, the famous triptych of 1490-1510 which narrates the story of man’s creation through to his damnation via the earthly garden filled with carnal delights. Alongside this Barford will show his work Family of Foxes (2015) – three urban foxes, an adult and two cubs, each feature re-worked images in ceramic, of the London riots of 2011. The ultimate modern urban family unit, the fox now thrives within the chaos and litter of modern London. Always witty, Barford will also show Jungle VIP Chandelier (2014) – featuring a monkey swinging from an-off set chandelier, the monkey is covered in no less than 3600 black Swarovski crystals.
Prior to their forthcoming solo UK exhibition (February 2016) Fredrikson Stallard will show a piece from their latest show Momentum, part of this year’s London Designer Festival. Gravity 2015 appears like a block of ice – clean and flat on the top, yet the coffee table appears to balance on the jagged shards beneath its still and perfect surface. Alongside will be shown Pantheon Mirror (2011) – three separate pieces that align the baroque tradition for convex mirrors, bending space around the edges of the glass mirror, but here set within a minimal context with a splash of pure pigmented colour. Continuing to push the boundaries of avant-garde British design, the work of Fredrikson Stallard offers a dialogue between the industrial and the sensual.
One of the gallery's most established names, Mattia Bonetti will be showing several pieces in New York. Spring Blossom Side Table (2015), a piece in patinated bronze and nickel plated, reveals a wonderful interplay of the organic and floral. Console Quadrivium (2014) offers an essay in four point geometry, as curve and straight line meet in patinated bronze and gilded rock crystal. Big Jim Armchair and Ottoman (2008) combine the comfort and luxury of Kidassia fur with elegant nickel legs. These newer pieces will be shown alongside a classic Garouste and Bonetti Boys & Girls candlestick from 1994.