D-1 | FRIEDMAN BENDA | DESIGN MIAMI/ PARIS, from 17 to 22 October 2023
Friedman Benda is pleased to announce its participation in the Design Miami/Paris fair. For this inaugural edition in the French capital, the gallery will be presenting a selection of works by leading figures in contemporary design, reflecting its eclecticism and international reach. This collection of visionary works will be unveiled to the public in the exceptional setting of the Hôtel de Maisons, in the heart of the Faubourg Saint Germain.
Since its inauguration in 2007, Friedman Benda’s ambition has been to promote ideas that challenge traditional definitions of design, and to create unprecedented synergies between disciplines such as industrial design, architecture, art, crafts and cutting-edge technologies. The group of works selected for the Design Miami/Paris fair are intended to embody these ambitions.
Among the highlights of the exhibition will be:
The Plot II table by English designer Faye Toogood, part of the ‘Assemblage 7’ body of work, which will be exhibited for the first time on the continent. Hand-carved from oak, this table is an ode to the excellence of traditional woodcarving techniques. It will be displayed alongside the Acrostic armchairs by Paris-based designer Raphaël Navot. The singular juxtaposition of the volumes of these seats invites an unparalleled exploration of shapes, colours, textures and materials. On either side of the space, the polysemic and evocative works of Samuel Ross and Daniel Arsham will face each other. The Anaesthesia II console suggests a complex reading of the Brutalist aesthetic developed by Ross for his last group of works, while the Jaffe desk and the Philly lamp testify to one of the starting points of Daniel Arsham’s inventiveness. On show for the first time in Europe, Roots, the latest creations by Italian designer and architect Andréa Branzi, continue his exploration of the relationship between domestic spaces and nature, the artisanal and the industrial, gesture and machine… It’s an exploration that began in the 1980s and has been marked by a number of high points, including his solo exhibition at the Centre Pompidou in 2017.
This group of works is accompanied by Ron Arad’s iconic work A.Y.O.R. (At Your Own Risk), sculptural lamps from the Los Angeles studio of Carmen D’Apollonio, the Rocks tables that have become a signature of designer Misha Kahn, the spectacular Strange Attractor chandelier by Dutch prodigy Joris Laarman, and a vase by Ettore Sottsass dating from 2006.
Getting to the fair:
L’Hôtel de Maisons, 51 Rue de L’Université, Paris
Preview Day 17 October 2023
Public Days 18 – 22 October 2023
About Friedman Benda
The Friedman Benda gallery aims to contribute to a broader dialogue in the field of design. The list of designers and artists represented spans five continents and five generations and also includes important Estates. Presented between spaces in New York, Los Angeles and soon Paris, the gallery’s exhibitions, publications and collaborations have played an essential role in the development of the market since 2007 and contribute to the understanding of and research into the history of design. By creating new bridges between disciplines such as industrial design, architecture, art, craft and technological research, Friedman Benda’s mission is to identify and promote ideas that question traditional definitions of design. In support of this critical vision of the sector, the gallery brings together cutting-edge creative minds to explore previously marginalised perspectives. For more information, please visit www.friedmanbenda.com, the gallery’s Instagram account @friedman_benda, and our YouTube channel @FriedmanBenda.
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