Harry Allen Design Diary

Collective Consciousness

I’m not sure what is happening to design week. It seems to be expanding into Design Month which is OK by me.

This week John and I attended the Collective Design Fair, another Design-Miami-y gallery show, but in NYC. There were many beautiful things on display, but I am officially over the 20th Century, it’s time to embrace the century before us, or even today. I was attracted to the accessories as they are much more forward thinking. At Modernity Gallery I was intrigued by the messy ceramics from my friend Per Sundberg (above) and the perfectly lumpy vases by Mårten Medbo (below).

Right across the aisle  R Twentieth Century was showing the work of Thaddeus Wolfe who’s blackened, chunky glass pendants caught my attention.

At R we ran into our friends Scott Fellows and Craig Bassam, looking handsome here with John …

… and Gabrielle Shelton and Eric Hoffman. (Sorry about  the slightly out of focus pics, but you pay good money for “sweetening,” and I managed it with only a glass of champagne and an iphone.)

… and I marveled at Jeff Zimmerman’s ethereal glass vessels. If anyone asks, I want one of these for my 50th!

The Collective is a world class fair, and definitely worth a look if you can drag yourself indoors on this beautiful day (May 11th) the last day of the show.

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