For its annual exhibition at The Salon Art + Design, Friedman Benda will present, "Dialogues," bringing two emerging voices in context with the groundbreaking Italian architect and designer, Ettore Sottsass (1917-2007). Focusing on three radically different approaches and practices, this exhibit will bring focus to the breadth of each designer’s expression, while contextualizing Sottsass’ enduring legacy that informs generations of young designers and artists from across the globe.
"Dialogues" will debut ambitious new works by Misha Kahn (b. 1989), who lists Sottsass’ “willingness to swim upstream against conventional taste,” as a continued major influence. Like Sottsass, Kahn demonstrates how a functional object can contain personality, energy and spirit. The presentation will include a site-specific floor made by Kahn.
London-based artist Jonathan Trayte (b. 1980) will present a selection of new works. “I grew up in the 80’s between South Africa and Yorkshire, spending a lot of my childhood in the bush. I had no idea who Sottsass was, but his striking and experimental work permeated through popular culture and influenced so many. This cross-disciplinary approach to design and architecture is an inspiration,” says Trayte. A floor lamp, "Velvet Straight-Neck," and vanity table, "Pink Mondi with Bomba Lamp," offer a fresh take on Sottsass’ eye-catching hues and distilled, archetypal forms.