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Look for contemporary dishes and lots of lighting at the Salon Art + Design

Serban Ionescu with his work in powder coated steel, including a sculpture presented by R+Company at the Art+Design Salon in New York

Joe Kramm

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Visitors to the Art + Design Salon at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City later this month will see ever more contemporary decor, furniture and artwork amid vintage lamps and furniture.

One reason is simply that visitors are drawn to things they’ve never seen before, and galleries also want to bring in fresh material, says Jill Bokor, the fair’s executive director.

The change also reflects the number of people choosing to collect today. “A lot of people who had great vintage pieces would buy a contemporary conversation piece,” says Bokor. “It got reversed.”

Salon Art + Design, a design and collectible art fair produced by Sanford L. Smith + Associates, will feature 52 exhibitors, including several French and Le Lab Atelier from Egypt, which will showcase creations from across the Middle East. East.

Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti “Schlesinger” chandelier. France, 1992.

Gallery Gabriel & Guillaume

The size of the fair, in its 11th year, is slightly smaller than usual, but up from 47 exhibitors in 2021 as confusion over pandemic travel restrictions kept some galleries away. This year’s full slate includes several installations by individual artists or design teams on the ground floor of the fair, in addition to exhibitions that will greet visitors in the historic halls of the lobby of the fair. Armory.

The Armory Library Room will feature Manhattan’s Wilensky Exquisite Mineral Gallery, bringing a sparkling array of mineral specimens to Salon for the first time. Their offerings will include a precious opal from Ethiopia priced at US$265,000. According to the gallery, the stone includes colors unlike other precious opals in the region, all of which were only discovered in 2008.

Last year, the fair featured Studio Greytak from Montana, which incorporates stones and minerals into contemporary furniture.

In the exercise room, on the ground floor, the French architect and decorator Charles Zana will bring his collection of furniture with “modern atmospheres”, still in the French tradition. Klove Studio, a lighting designer founded by Prateek Jam and Gautam Seth in New Delhi, India, will showcase a lighting collection that references tribal icons and patterns. “You will see these amazing chandeliers,” Bokor says.

Opal: Tsehay Mewcha, Wegeltena, Delanta Woreda, South Wollo Zone, Amhara Region, Ethiopia

Wilensky’s Exquisite Minerals

In fact, several galleries are bringing lighting, which could reflect demand from buyers in the mood to light up their homes after spending so much time there during the pandemic, or the fact that it’s simply darker now in the daytime. day, she said.

Also on display is New York-based Gabriel & Guillaume, a collectible design gallery founded in Lebanon in 2013 by Nancy Gabriel and Guillaume Excoffier. The gallery offers Brazilian modernist pieces in addition to 20th century and mid-modern design.

At the Salon, Gabriel & Guillaume will present a Jean Royere “Ecusson” set consisting of a sofa, three armchairs and a coffee table, for US$850,000, and the “Schlesinger” chandelier by Elizabeth Garouste and Mattia Bonetti, in Murano glass and gilded – wrought iron, for US$85,000. The unique piece was made for the Nicola Jacobs Schlesinger house, Dawson Place, London.

The jewelry will also make an appearance at the show this year in three design exhibitions. The London company Didier Ltd. will present its jewels made and designed by artists from the end of the 19th century to the end of the 20th century. According to its website, the jewelry “can be considered portable sculpture” and was often made by the artists for family and friends.

Also on display will be fellow London jeweler Lauren Adriana, who makes just 40 of her bold graphic jewels a year, and Yvel, an Israeli luxury jeweler founded by Orna and Isaac Levy.

While jewelry often attracts shoppers, most of the fair features immersive booths filled with furniture, lighting, ceramics and artwork, the items people bring into their homes. The many French galleries present will bring a lot of elegant and contemporary material, including Armel Soyer, Galerie Carole Decombe and Galerie Yves Gastou, all new to the Salon this year.

One eye-catching feature that would require a fairly large home is a 22-foot colored powder-coated steel sculpture by Romanian-born New York artist Serban Ionescu, which is brought to you by New York-based gallery R+Company. “He is known for his whimsical and very funny plays.”

The Art + Design show opens Thursday, November 10 with a preview benefiting the Dia Art Foundation at 4 p.m. and a VIP preview at 5 p.m. before opening to the public at 7 p.m. It will continue until Monday, November 14.