For its 10th anniversary, the Salon Art + Design will celebrate many firsts
After nearly 20 months of virtual viewing rooms and attending art fairs from the couch, the first design fair of the season is back in person in New York City. From November 11 to 15, Art + Design Fair returns to the Park Avenue Armory, celebrating its 10th anniversary with nearly 50 global design galleries and a few special events.
âEvery year we look for things that we didn’t have in the past,â says CEO Jill Bokor. This year, visitors can expect âa timeline of the past 120 years primarily with a nod to classic antiques as wellâ¦ important firsts that will set this edition apart.
New York’s Tambaran Gallery, which showcases contemporary, African, oceanic and Northwest Coast art, will be the first of its kind at this year’s fair. Other international highlights will include two art dealers from Japan, a country that Bokor says has been less well represented in the past. Carole Davenport Japanese Art focuses on a range of classical Japanese art while the Onishi gallery deals specifically with Japanese ironwork which Bokor describes as “beautiful pieces made by the living treasures of Japan”, a special designation for certain arts. Japanese. In addition, the Shoshana Wayne Gallery, a first exhibitor, will present works by emerging female artists.
The Salon Art + Design 2021 will present its first fashion show with pieces by Spolia by interior designer ValÃ©rie Name, who makes clothes from upholstery fabrics. Silvia Furmanovich, a Brazilian jewelry designer who often works with bamboo, is launching her new interior design line. Meanwhile, Trove is launching a wallpaper collection, with a photo booth at the entrance to the show.
Standing out from similar fairs, Bokor explains that Salon Art + Design aims to blur the boundaries between its namesake categories and encourage exhibitors and attendees to be creative in their offerings and collection strategies.
Guillaume Coutheillas, member of the welcoming committee, adds: âEach stand always creates an immersive environment at the show rather than simply placing different pieces next to each other without rhyme or particular reason. Each booth presents pieces in a way you can imagine living with them in your own home, in situ rather than in a gallery.
The excitement of being back in person, however, also means taking precautions in the COVID era. Proof of vaccination is required, as are masks inside. The catalog will be digital, but for print-loving attendees, Salon is bringing back a version of its accompanying magazine, with articles on key exhibitors. It was a hit with weary visitors to online viewing rooms last year and offers an additional level of information and discovery.
Bokor believes these pandemic-specific changes won’t dampen anyone’s enthusiasm. Participants of course go to the fair itself, âbut they will also be there to see each other, discuss and discuss,â she says. “This year will be a connection point for so many people who felt they had not had this opportunity for 20 months.”
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