friedman benda explores architect-designed furniture with concurrent new york exhibitions
 

friedman benda explores architect-designed furniture with concurrent new york exhibitions

two exhibitions that shine a spotlight on architect-designed furniture have opened at new york’s friedman benda gallery. the concurrent displays both explore revolutionary approaches to design and will remain on view until february 17, 2018. presented on friedman benda’s lower level, ‘no-thing’ showcases newly commissioned works from nine emerging architectural practices, including SO-IL, pezo von ellrichshausen, and MOS. the exhibition is curated by juan garcía mosqueda and has been billed as an ‘exploration into aporetic architectural furniture’.

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curated by juan garcía mosqueda, ‘no-thing’ is an ‘exploration into aporetic architectural furniture’
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda (also main image)

 

 

‘it is through objects like the ones in the exhibition that the space necessary for the construction of a new self in society can emerge,’ says mosqueda. ‘not a utopian, idealized self, but an ambiguous figure, uncertain of its destiny; as uncertain as these aporetic furniture works. within this framework, where the objects truly emerge through affect, one is urged to take not solely a passive but an active role.’

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architecten de vylder vinck taillieu has designed a daybed titled ‘kamer frank’
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda

 

 

also on view within friedman benda’s ground floor gallery is ‘inside the walls: architects design’, a survey of important examples of architect-designed furniture. curated by mark mcdonald, the display features works by lina bo bardi, marcel breuer, charles and ray eames, frank gehry, and frank lloyd wright, among others. drawing on archival photographs of interiors and historical ephemera, ‘inside the walls’ charts revolutionary developments in architecture and design across the 20th century.

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chilean studio pezo von ellrichshausen presents its ‘guillotine table’
image by andres maturana, courtesy of friedman benda and pezo von ellrichshausen

 

 

‘this presentation will be a unique opportunity to analyze the relationship between architectural aesthetic and design ethos on a smaller, more intimate scale and investigate various approaches to reconciling interior and exterior spaces, the commercial versus the residential and the private versus the public sphere,’ say the exhibit’s organizers. both ‘inside the walls’ and ‘no-thing’ remain on view at friedman benda in new york until february 17, 2018.

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‘frame 01’ has been designed by new york firm SO-IL
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda and SO-IL

friedman benda explores architect-designed furniture with concurrent new york exhibitions
ania jaworska has created a freestanding bookshelf
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda and ania jaworska

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MOS has contributed a powder-coated aluminum table
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda and MOS

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‘inside the walls’ is an exhibtion curated by mark mcdonald
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda

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the display surveys seminal architect-designed furniture
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda

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pieces by frank gehry, gio ponti, and mies van der rohe are presented 
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda

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the exhibit focuses on gerrit rietveld, rudolph schindler, and frank lloyd wright
image by daniel kukla, courtesy of friedman benda

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ettore sottsass [italian, 1917-2007]
cabinet no. 8, 1994 yellow-lacquered maple wood with waterstain grain,
natural burled elm 74.75 x 82.625 x 19.75 inches 189.9 x 209.9 x 50.2 cm. edition of 6.
image courtesy of friedman benda and ettore sottsass

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