Tuesday, June 26, 2012

| Now | Triumvirate


New York - Phillips de Pury & Company is pleased to present Triumvirate, a group selling exhibition of contemporary design featuring works from three celebrated design forces, Nendo, Faye Toogood, and Humans Since 1982. Taking over the ground floor of Phillips de Pury & Company’s flagship space at 450 Park Avenue, this exhibition marks the first time that any of these works will be shown in North America.

Phillips de Pury & Company debuted Nendo’s Thin Black Lines series in a 2010 exhibition in London’s Saatchi Gallery. The series earned the Japanese studio a host of awards and was shortlisted by the London Design Museum for a “Designs of the Year award”. Chief designer, Oki Sato, uses slight black lines like the traces of sketches to explore space in two and three dimensions. Oki Sato opened his multi-disciplinary design studio, Nendo, in 2002 after receiving his M.A. in architecture. The studio has completed an astonishing number of projects in architecture, and interior, product and graphic design. Nendo has since been named “Designer of the Year” in 2012 by both Wallpaper* and Elle Décor. Their work is in the permanent collections of the Centre Pompidou, the Musée des Arts decoratifs, the Museum of Modern Art New York, Cooper-Hewitt,and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Faye Toogood’s influences range from British modernists Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth to the later work of Louise Bourgeois. In just two years, the British designer released three distinctive furniture collections, each exploring a single idea with non-traditional approaches to material and making. Delicate Interference, Toogood’s third series, debuted in September 2011 during the London Design Festival at Phillips de Pury & Company’s Brook Street space. This series examines the native properties of iridescence through new and re-contextualized works. Toogood uses man-made materials to recreate this natural phenomenon, mimicking nature’s ability to attract and protect through the refraction of light. Toogood’s thorough realizations of other worldly environments has led to numerous creative consultancies with design luminaries such as Comme des Garçons, Alexander McQueen, Kenzo and Tom Dixon. Art+Auction magazine named Faye Toogood a “Designer to Watch” and her Cage for Birds dressing table earned a 2012 Wallpaper* Design Award for “Best Use of Material.”

The means of communication, characteristically treated in witty and provocative ways, is an essential component of the work from Swedish design studio Humans Since 1982. Their stunning Clock Clock, 2010 brought the young studio to international acclaim and saw the work exhibited and collected both institutionally and privately. Collection of Light takes the lowly industrial LED light bulb and renders it worthy of celebration, displaying the bulbs in a pristine white case, organized and catalogued in much the same way an entomologist would a collection of insects. Graduates of the HDK in Gothenburg, Per Emanuelsson and Bastian Bischoff opened Humans Since 1982 in 2008. Notable exhibitions and collections include the Röhsska Design Museum, Sweden, the Triennale Design Museum, Italy, and the Musée international d’horlogerie, Switzerland.

The SHOP at Phillips de Pury & Company was initiated in 2010 while in partnership with Saatchi Gallery. It was here that the program delivered the pioneering group exhibition Connectors as well as Nendo’s seminal Thin Black Lines work. In March 2011, Phillips de Pury & Company opened its New York shop within their flagship space at 450 Park Avenue, offering a curated selection of one-offs, limited editions and printed matter from established and emerging artists, designers and publishers. In London, the program continues as a pop-up venture from Phillips de Pury’s Brook Street Gallery space at Claridge’s Hotel in Mayfair. Many of the works in the program are exclusive to Phillips de Pury & Company and provide clients with unique collecting opportunities.