La Vigie
Monaco, France
27-30 April 2017

New four-day travelling showcase for collectable design will feature standout pieces from the world’s leading galleries, a headline talk by Sir Norman Foster and Deyan Sudjic and the NOMAD Lounge furnished by Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy

Only one week away, NOMAD Monaco presents a selection of highlights ahead of its first edition, to be held 27-30 April 2017. A selection of the world’s leading galleries will gather at La Vigie, a spectacular historical villa once occupied by Karl Lagerfeld, to show limited edition and unique contemporary collectable design by internationally lauded designers, artists and architects from around the world. NOMAD offers a radically new context for discovering the very best in art and design.

Debut work

In the first edition of NOMAD, a number of brand new works, never previously exhibited, will be presented. Galerie BSL has selected to debut ‘Twice’, a dramatic new light by Ayala Serfaty, as well as a large-scale Luciferase floor light by Nacho Carbonell and a ‘Sea Anemones’ wall mirror by Pia Maria Raeder made of tens of thousands of beech rods. The limited edition, two-metre high Standard Lamp ‘Jungle’ by Mattia Bonetti, exclusive to David Gill Gallery and new work by Tuomas Markunpoika for Gallery FUMI will complement an array of other new sculptural objects unveiling at the show.

Extraordinary lights

A series of brand new extraordinary lights will illuminate the historic interiors of the villa, including Soft Baroque’s new Corporate Marble light made of fragmented pieces of resin and glass fibre (Etage Projects) and a brass ‘Clé de Sol’ wall light by Charles Kalpakian from Galerie BSL. Further light pieces include ‘Daphne Floor Lamp’ by Campana Brothers (Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O. Roma) and a neon light installation by Jochen Holz (SEEDS London).

New works

Other new design pieces to be unveiled at NOMAD include multi-functional stools with a coral, sponge-like surface by Djim Berger for his Lightweight Porcelain Collection (Galerie BSL). Etage Projects will introduce a fashion house favourite, ‘Candy Cubes’ by Sabine Marcelis, in new colours (fudgy peach, turquoise and red), as well as a new Glass + Steel chair by Frederik Paulsen.

Sculptural design pieces

Sculptural design pieces will take centre stage, with a solo show of Arik Levy’s Craters presented by Louise Alexander Gallery on La Vigie’s spectacular outdoor terrace. Other highlights include Michele Oka Doner’s beautifully crafted sterling silver boxes (David Gill Gallery), KO-TONE, a mesmerising sound-art piece run by the power of nature (Alamak!) and the Diomede console by Achille Salvagni (Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O. Roma)

Visual art context

Many of the works on show sit comfortably within a visual art context while also demonstrating clear functionality. Examples include Zaha Hadid’s ‘Liquid Glacial’ table (David Gill Gallery) and Studio MVW’s Jintang installation, comprising a Pink Jade coffee table among other pieces (Galerie BSL). A blend between sculpture and seating, the Indigo Bench by James Plumb presented by Gallery FUMI celebrates the antique Burnished Indigo textile treated by the designers using medieval techniques. The bench will feature alongside works by Max Lamb, Sam Orlando Miller, Bob Lorimer, Glithero, Rowan Mersh, Lukas Wegwerth and Yuki Ferdinandsen, among others.

Crafts

Iranian self-taught designer Asad-Bakhtiari combines traditional Iranian crafts with contemporary functionality. Carwan Gallery will present his naturally-dyed, hand-spun wool limited edition rugs alongside works by world renowned artists, including India Mahdavi, Lindsey Adelman and Vincenzo de Cotiis. MANIERA will present objects that touch on various aspects of craftsmanship, ranging from ‘functional furniture’ by Studio Mumbai / Bijoy Jain to wearable art by Valérie Mannaerts.

Further highlights

Further highlights include furniture pieces by Ico Parisi and a brass console by Xavier Lust selected by Nilufar and rare Soviet design pieces from Heritage Gallery. Complementing the array of collectable design pieces, art powerhouse Massimo de Carlo will show canvases by LA-based artist Jennifer Guidi alongside works by Austrian art collective Gelitin.

NOMAD Talks & Special Projects

A headline talk on ‘design and nomadism’ by Sir Norman Foster and Deyan Sudjic will run alongside parallel events at La Vigie and around Monaco, providing a unique four-day discovery of design and art on the French Riviera. A series of Special Projects will also feature, including dance performances throughout the villa presented by Maison Boghossian, the Summer House pavilion by Asif Khan from Serpentine Galleries and a conceptual installation inspired by jewellery from Christophe Graber.

The open-air NOMAD Lounge will feature new pieces by Rick Owens and Michèle Lamy, recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), and an installation of vintage TV monitors to immerse the visitor in a Rick Owens environment.