NEW YORK, NY.- Phillips de Pury & Company
announced the début of the New York retail shop at the flagship 450 Park Avenue galleries. The curated program reflects Phillips de Pury & Companys expertise in design, contemporary art, photography, editions, and jewelry, and exemplifies Phillips de Purys role as todays contemporary arts arbiter.
London based design studio, Glass Hill (Markus Bergström & Joe Nunn) was commissioned to design the space and has devised an intelligent, modular, system that allows for flexibility and reinvention while adhering to the simple, linear values for which the studio is renowned. The result provides a dynamic platform for Phillips de Pury to exhibit and sell the work of todays leading designers and artists.
The shop features work from three nominees for this years Brit Insurance Design Awards; Seongyong Lee and Nendo in the best furniture design category and Max Lamb for J&L Lobmeyr in the best Product Design Category. Lees Plytube series, a rift on traditional cardboard tubing, innovated both a new architectural material and language of joinery. Nendos Thin Black Lines series, first exhibited in 2010 at Phillips de Pury in Londons Saatchi Gallery, is a poetic homage to Japanese calligraphy and its representation of condensed meaning. Lambs Quarz glasses produced by J. & L. Lobmeyr reference the perfect hexagonal structures that form when a quartz crystals growth is uninhibited.
Other notable works include: Ara Petersons Untitled Backgammon boards, 2008, a collaboration with his father Jack Peterson, which interpret one of the oldest board games through abstract designs that energetically connect the player with Petersons optical, mosaic kaleidoscopic forms in geometric repetitive patterns. Martino Gampers Arnold Circus Stool was part of the regeneration project for Arnold Circus, Londons first council housing project situated in the heart of Shoreditch. The stool is used as the official seating for annual events including circus picnics, concerts, tournaments and festivals. Humans Since 1982 (Bastian Bischoff and Per Emanuelsson) brilliantly recontextualize time with Clock Clock, Sweden 2010 and intelligently confront sociopolitical ideals with Hair clip on hair, 2010. Clock Clock was first exhibited at the Röhsska Design Museum, Gotheburg in 2009 and commercially debuted in Phillips de Purys Connectors exhibition, London 2010. The piece consists of 24 analogue clocks stacked vertically and horizontally such that the hands can align in order to communicate a single time in a digital format. Hair clip on hair is an edition of 50 photographic hairclips that are hand-mounted, signed, and accompanied by a special passepartout, which symbolically secures universal access and entry. The work illustrates an iconic portrayal of masked eyes deeply rooted in current social commentary and cultural codes.