What we liked about Art + Design – SURFACE



The 11th edition of the highly-anticipated collectible design fair showcases a dazzling array of ambitious one-off and limited-edition pieces.


November 11, 2022

The whimsical booths at the Art + Design Fair, New York’s premier collectible design fair, have always looked more like living rooms than white cubes. Held annually at the famed Park Avenue Armory, the showcase offers a wealth of vintage, modern and contemporary design mixed with top-notch artwork. The 11th edition of the highly anticipated fair is no different, welcoming 52 international exhibitors showcasing an eclectic mix of objects that speak to what architects and interior designers are thinking today. Our editor has selected six highlights from the fair, which runs until November 14.

Ron Arad for Opera Gallery

One of the standout pieces of the Anglo-Israeli multi-hyphen, the dramatically round Big Easy Chair is newly rendered in six solid resin colorways – the first of many material experiments to come between Arad and Opera Gallery.

Photograph by Sean Davidson

Serban Ionescu for R & Company

The whimsical and slender work of the Romanian designer often gives the impression of sparking a furniture rebellion, and his architectural madness recently exposed Tour for one hour (2022) – a 22-foot-tall assemblage of 23 painted steel components – defies what is possible for galleries to exhibit at a collectible design fair.

Inspired by all things fictional space adaptations, the ascendant New Jersey furniture designer and two-time NYCxDesign Award winner debuts the Solar Sailer Console whose concrete base is supported by an oval luminous resin support leg with flares optical lights.

The entire Colonel’s Room is dedicated to the burgeoning Chicago-based studio of Angie West and Alberto Vèlez, which features an assortment of rigorously crafted earth-toned furniture, lighting and accessories that celebrate imperfections. often caused by cast bronze.

The plush, upholstered alpaca Crater Sofa silhouettes replicate childhood visions of the award-winning architect and designer’s native Iceland, where she remembers being captivated by the bowl-shaped remains of volcanic eruptions.

Studio Klove

Stunning Totems Over Time by New Delhi-based lighting designers Prateek Jain and Gautam Seth reimagine age-old symbols of sacred meaning through Art Deco-inspired articulated glassware that alludes to the presence of an undefined deity.

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