The art of appreciating objects with important stories to tell

Does your current sofa invoke contemplation on the way that goods are transported across the border in the Spanish autonomous city of Ceuta in Morocco?

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Many pieces of furniture are born beautiful but how many tell a story? How many challenge you to think about biodiversity or immigration, for example?

Contemporary design curator Alice Stori Liechtenstein has gathered a selection of pieces together that do just that. Their functions are evident but their forms are entirely conceived to spark thought.

Entitled Split Personality, Liechtenstein’s curation includes pieces that create awareness around a near-extinct grass species known as agropyron cristatum and the importance of upcycling by the assembling of a light and side table from discarded building materials.

On view at New York’s Friedman Benda Gallery in until 6 February 2021 (move quick), you’ll discover pieces by Rich Aybar, Thomas Ballouhey, Commonplace Studio, Arnaud Eubelen, Emma Fague, Fernando Laposse, Christien Meindertsma, Nobukho Nqaba, Ismaël Rifaï, Chris Schanck, Brynjar Sigurðarson, Studio Wieki Somers, Katie Stout, Soft Baroque, Toomas Toomepuu, Mischer’Traxler Studio and Jonathan Trayte.

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Studio Wieki Somers.

Kula Sour (Day Bed), 2020 by Jonathan Trayte.

bench by Ismaël Rifaï.

Dreamer and Dream, 2020 by Toomas Toomepuu.

This is your House, 2018 by Arnaud Eubelen.

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Timeless vessels

Julie Cromwell sculpts timeless vessels that explore the materiality of clay through forms inspired by antiquity. We sat down with Julie to discuss her practice, alongside her exhibition with Sanderson at the Auckland Art Fair.