Announcement
April 17, 2013

Panels and conversations

Collective Design

Hudson River Park’s Pier 57. Photo: John Malcolmson.

David Brody, Director, MA, History of Decorative Arts and Design, Parsons The New School; Tony Freund, Editor and Director, 1stdibs; Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, Editors, Site UnseenA new and wide-ranging design fair, Collective will open to the public on Wednesday, May 8 at Pier 57 on the West Side Highway. The Fair will present more than 20 international galleries in a cohesive selection of vintage and contemporary design that ranges from Swedish and Brazilian mid-century masterpieces to current work from emerging global talents. The inaugural edition, Collective .1, will coincide with NYCxDesign, Frieze New York and the modern and contemporary art auctions, and will take place in a light-filled industrial space between the gallery hub of Chelsea and the vibrant Meatpacking District.

“As an architect and collector, I have visited the greatest design fairs in the world and realized that it was essential to create an event of this caliber in New York,” says Steven Learner, Collective’s Founder and Creative Director. The fair was conceived by a passionate group of designers, curators, collectors and gallerists who recognized a need for a new commercial and educational platform for the design collector and connoisseur. With the avid support of the New York creative community, Collective intends to showcase a compelling vision of design today.

The list of exhibitors includes some of the most respected names in the international design community: 21st twenty first Gallery (New York), Casati Gallery (Chicago), Cristina Grajales (New York), Demish Danant (New York), Grey Area (New York), J. Lohmann Gallery (New York), Jousse Entreprise (Paris), kinder MODERN (New York), Lost City Arts (New York), Magen H. Gallery (New York), Maison Gerard (New York), Mark McDonald (Hudson), Modernity (Stockholm), Mondo Cane (New York) Nicolas Kilner (New York), Ornamentum (Hudson), R20th Century (New York), Sebastian + Barquet (New York), Sienna Patti Contemporary (Lenox), Southern Guild (Johannesburg, South Africa), Todd Merrill 20th Century and Contemporary Studio (New York), Volume Gallery (Chicago), and Wexler Gallery (Philadelphia).

To celebrate design connoisseurship and collecting, Collective will introduce a full program of tours, panels, conversations and book signings, all of which will take place on site. Detailed information and registration will be available at www.collectivedesignfair.com.

Free curated tours will be available to all visitors by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, the Official Cultural Partner of the fair. Tours will start daily at 12pm and require advance registration. Little Collector, the online contemporary art gallery for kids, will also organize tours for children ages 4 to 10 on May 10 and 11.

A series of panels and conversations will be moderated by experts such as Tony Freund, Editor and Director at 1stDibs; David Brody, Director of the MA in History of Decorative Arts and Design at Parsons The New School; and Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer, editors of the online magazine Sight Unseen. A series of book signings will also bring acclaimed authors to the fair.

Wednesday, May 8 will be designated Museum Day and the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum members will gain free admission. All other museum members from institutions around the city will receive two-for-one admission. Proof of membership will be required at the entrance.

Finally, a special site-specific installation by Sebastian Errazuriz will be installed at the entrance of the fair.

The members of the collective are Caroline Baumann, Lori Chemla, Kyle DeWoody, Alexander Gorlin, Cristina Grajales, Sarah Medford, Todd Merrill, Zesty Meyers, Nessia Pope, Beth Rudin DeWoody, Evan Snyderman, and Steven Learner.

Collective also receives the endorsement of its Design Council, which includes Diane Ackerman, Jonathan Adler, Kelly Behun, Sabrina Buell, Muriel Brandolini, Michael Bruno, Eleanor Cayre, Robert Couturier, Jamie Drake, Aaron Fleischman and, Lin Lougheed, Brad Ford, Steven Gambrel, Julie Gilhart, Victoria Hagan, Tyler Hays, Rachelle Hruska and Sean MacPherson, Anthony Ingrao, Jack Kelly, Mary and Sean Kelly, Delphine Krakoff, Tom Kundig, Patrick Li, David Mann, Iris Marden, Julianne Moore, Michele Oka Doner, Thomas Phifer, Russell Piccione, Rodman Primack, Adam Rapoport, Pavia Rosati and Ben Schott, Jennifer Rubell, Dan Rubinstein, Margaret Russell, Lisa Spellman, Robert Stilin, Emily Summers, Fern Tessler, Steven Volpe, Alan Wanzenberg, Madeline Weinrib, and James Zemaitis.

Collective.1 receives the support of the following partners and sponsors: 1stDibs is the Official Design Partner of Collective.1, The Maritime Hotel and The Jane are the Official Hotel Partners, ALTOUR is the Official Travel Partner, the VIP Lounge is designed and furnished by BBDW, the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum is the Official Cultural Partner. Other Sponsors and partners include NANZ, Hudson River Park Trust, Artspace, SPACE Productions. Architectural Digest and Surface are the media partners.

Additional information and a full calendar of public programming is available at www.collectivedesignfair.com.

Official cultural sponsor: The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum

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