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Distortion by Najla El Zein for Friedman Benda

Seven of the best collectible designs at The Salon Art + Design New York 2017

International galleries flocked to New York's Park Avenue Armory over the weekend to present collectible designs at this year's The Salon Art + Design. As the fair draws to a close, we've picked our favourites from the five-day event, including a humpback concrete bench and a pink onyx sconce.

Dommus collection by Joseph Walsh for Sarah Myerscough
Photograph by Andrew Bradley

Dommus by Joseph Walsh
Sarah Myerscough Gallery, UK

London gallery Sarah Myerscough presented a new collection called Dommus by Irish furniture maker and designer Joseph Walsh. He used ebonised walnut to form a heavy base for a dining table and spindly legs for the accompanying dining chairs, while a cabinet is fronted with roughly textured walnut doors.

Distortion by Najla El Zein for Friedman Benda
Photograph by Damien Arlettaz

Distortion by Najla El Zein
Friedman Benda, USA

Exhibiting for the first time in the US, Beirut-based designer Najla El Zein showed a pair of pale concrete-fibre benches with bumps that protrude from the top. The curves of the benches – also Zein's first collaboration with New York gallery Friedman Benda – are so smooth that very little shadow is created, making the humps nearly missable when viewed from above.

Excavation by Paul Cocksedge
Friedman Benda, USA

Friedman Benda also presented Paul Cocksedge's Excavation piece, which is made from bores of concrete that the London designer dug up from the floor of his studio after finding out he was being evicted. The collection was first shown during this year's Milan design week, but The Salon Art + Design marked its New York debut.

Floodways by Pippin Drysdale for Adrian Sassoon

Floodways by Pippin Drysdale
Adrian Sassoon, UK

Among a host of ceramics exhibited by UK gallery Adrian Sassoon during the fair, a set of eight brightly coloured porcelain sculptures by Australian designer Pippin Drysdale stood out. Resembling large stones, the pieces feature cross-hatched marks, and ombre tones of red, grey and brown.

Light Sculpture "Future" by Barnaby Barford, David Gill Gallery

Light Sculpture "Future" by Barnaby Barford
David Gill Gallery, UK

To create this flame-coloured ornate light, London artist and sculpture Barnaby Barford re-painted and pieced together shards of porcelain. The light was on show at the stand of London's David Gill Gallery, hanging beside Zaha Hadid's Liquid Glacial Table.

Unique Wall Panel by Gio Ponti, Galleria Rossella Colombari

Unique Wall Panel by Gio Ponti
Galleria Rossella Colombari, Italy

Galleria Rossella Colombari – specialising in 20th-century Italian art – created a mid-century style booth to showcase works by late Italian architect Gio Ponti. Pieces included the wooden Unique Wall Panel and a pair of stools.

Applique by Formafantasma for Galleria O Roma

Applique by Formafantasma
Galleria O Roma, Italy

Italian design duo Formafantasma's Applique light, presented by Galleria O Roma, comprises a circular brass disc that forms the shade, and a long and narrow vertical stone base of either white or pink onyx.