Galerie Philia’s latest art and design exhibition takes over a two-floor apartment in New York City‘s Walker Tower, an iconic Art Deco building in Chelsea. The new show of collectible design, co-curated with the Italian architect and designer Pietro Franceschini and brings together more than 70 works by 40 international designers represented by Galerie Philia! Keep reading to discover everything about this art and design exhibition in New York!
Taking two floors in the historic Art Deco Walker Tower in New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, built-in 1929 by architect Ralph Walker, this building epitomizes New York’s Art Deco heritage with its Gotham-like set-backs, rhythmic brick patterning, and external ornamentation. The simple white walls allow the furniture and art objects to be the center of attention, as well as the panoramic views of the New York skyline!
This design exhibition features works from established talents like Rick Owens and Nina Edwards, as well as pieces from rising talents like Rooms and Studio Noon. These design pieces are showcased in traditional living and dining room configurations, bedrooms, and offices, as well as in interstitial spaces like shower stalls and hallways. The works on view in this gallery range in discipline, materials, and style but share a minimal aesthetic, albeit not reductive as Franceschini points out showcasing a neutral color palette of mostly black, white, and brass, along with a focus on craftsmanship.
Some of the furnishings were custom-made for the exhibition, as a black oak dining table by the French designer Cedric Breisacher. The shape-shifting nature of time and light is an ever-present theme at Walker Tower—a resin console by Austria’s Laurids Gallée, for example. Also, The marriage of organic with geometric forms is yet another connecting link between the exhibition’s heterogeneous pieces as attested by the stunning “Infinity” alabaster chandelier by Paris-based Atelier Alain Ellouz.
“Our goal is to show that minimal doesn’t necessarily mean reductive”Franceschini
The Walker Tower design exhibition similarly takes advantage of its unique setting to create a tension that enthralls the viewer, understanding that the work seems best viewed at a remove while at the same time feeling the need to touch it all.
All images Courtesy of Galerie Philia