Sculpture at the Salon Art + Design fair

Works by Zaha Hadid and Ron Arad among objects at Salon Art + Design in New York

A selection of international gallerists and studios showcased design and art collections at the Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan's Upper East Side during the Salon Art + Design fair.

The yearly showcase of collectible design and art takes place in what was once an armoury in Midtown Manhattan, with international exhibitors showing work from both contemporary and historic creatives.

Green and blue sculpture by Serban Ionescu
R & Company showed a design by Romanian designer Serban Ionescu

Salon Art + Design saw the majority of the booths filling the armoury's large, high-ceilinged Drill Hall, while a variety of other installations and lounges were set up in the ornate hallways and entryways that front the space.

These included an exhibition by Chicago design studio Refractory in the Colonel's Room, as well as a Collectors Lounge by design studio FrenchCalifornia that partnered with collectors to create a "refuge from the hustle and bustle of the fair," according to Salon.

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Works by architects such as Zaha Hadid were shown

This year, the fair had 52 exhibitors as well as a special installation from New York-based gallery R & Company that featured a sculptural piece by Romanian designer Serban Ionescu.

Called Tower for an Hour, the piece is 22 feet (6.7 metres) tall and made out of steel that had been painted green, blue and orange.

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Refractory had a room in the entry area of the building

R & Company also had a standalone booth, separate from the special installation, where the gallery showed other designs including bulbous, sculptural lamps by New York designer Rogan Gregory.

Throughout the Salon art + Design fair, there was a mix of classic design objects such as a 1945 Gio Ponti wall unit displayed by Karl Kemp Gallery and work from up-and-coming designers including New York-based Djivan Schapira, who showcased his Solar Sailer Foyer Table for Todd Merrill Studio's installation.

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Karl Kemp showcased a mid-century Gio Ponti wall unit

"Salon Art + Design has continued to differentiate itself from other fairs by including a highly curated mixture of historic and contemporary collective design and fine art," said the fair.

In the Drill Hall, London-based David Gill Gallery's exhibit had a strong architectural tone, with the sinuous Dune table as well as Ultrastellar coffee table and chairs designed by architect Zaha Hadid presented alongside sculptural works by artist Sebastian Errazuriz.

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Ron Arad showed chairs for Opera Gallery

New York-based Opera Gallery showed a new version of British-Israeli designer Ron Arad's Big Easy Chair, cast in epoxy resin.

"My favourite symbiosis is between the will of the artist and the will of the material – you can only see what has occurred after it is taken out of the mould, and so far I have to say, using my favourite sentence, it is much better than I deserve!" Arad told Dezeen.

This year was the first time since before the pandemic that many of the international studios were able to make it to Salon Art + Design, and the event marked the first time an Egyptian studio, Le Lab Atelier, showed at the fair.

Other studios and galleries present included designer Charles Zana and gallerists Cristina Grajales and The Future Perfect.

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Designer Djivan Schapira's work was included in the Todd Merrill exhibition

Other recent design showcases include Design House at Design Week Mexico, where designers teamed up with galleries to furnish a mid-century modern home, and an exhibition showcasing unconventional Christmas trees by Harewood House in London.

Salon Art + Design took place from 10 to 14 November 2022. See Dezeen Events Guide for an up-to-date list of architecture and design events taking place around the world.

The photography is courtesy of Salon Art + Design.

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