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New York Art + Design Highlights 2018

New York is top of my list when it comes to spending a long weekend taking in the best of the latest art and design, getting inspired by current works and meeting new people.

The arrival of Spring means the worlds of art and design descend on Manhattan and Brooklyn, filling art spaces and turning New York into a mecca for creative brilliance.

I’ve always been drawn to New York. Creatively, there are so many really inspiring pieces that you don’t find in the market place or museums, but there is so much else to see too. I especially like to take in any new residential buildings that are leading the way in architectural design – this year’s new Tadao Ando building in Nolita was a must see.

There are art fairs and design weeks happening around the world at this time, however I find the NYC shows a great opportunity to check out new designs and meet new suppliers. They’re also a good litmus test for the state of the market and a chance to check out what’s new and interesting and what’s become ubiquitous and should be avoided.

Although I spent a wonderful few days meeting people from diverse backgrounds, dipping into interesting conversations, attending seminars, taking in the latest shows and collection launches, this year’s highlights were without doubt Frieze and Tefaf.

Held at Randall’s Island Park, Frieze Art Fair brings together over 190 galleries from 30 countries to showcase the world’s most significant artists. Directed by Victoria Siddal and Loring Randolf, the combination of new programme and new layout this Spring made for a really fresh experience with a strong international spectrum.

Focused on modern and contemporary, Tefaf is widely considered one of the world’s most respected organisations for fine art, antiques and design. Located in the impressive and historic Park Avenue Armory in Manhattan, this was only its second edition in New York. Another hugely inspiring show, it featured many pieces I’ll probably never get to see again.

Highlights include…

8/ Fire Screen and Fender by Pierre Chareau – a beautiful and incredibly designed piece. I consider Chareau to be a ground-breaking architect, and this particular piece really reflects his attention to detail and the immense thought he puts into every tiny detail.

9/ Frank Lloyd Wright at Delorenzo gallery

10/ Borge Mogensen at the Dansk Mobelkunst Gallery

11/ The exhibition from Nilufar Gallery

12/ Poul Henningsen at Modernity

New York is a City that doesn’t stop giving and there’s so much to see in just four days. For me, careful planning and some key pre-trip conversations are always essential to make sure I take as much away and back to the studio and to clients as possible. Focusing on major events like Frieze and Tefaf alongside a series of key meetings often leads to invites to must see events, invitations and previews.

But, however tight my schedule, I always make time for a few epic runs around Central Park and over Brooklyn Bridge.

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