What cur­rent trend are you most ex­cited about?


Azure’s new art di­rec­tor

I’m lov­ing the trend of merg­ing art and fur­ni­ture de­sign. The Sam Ste­wart ex­hi­bi­tion Cryp­tid, launched ear­lier this year by the Fort Gan­sevoort gallery in New York

City, is an example that caught my eye re­cently. The ex­hi­bi­tion’s venue – an empty town­house next to the gallery proper – is zoned for res­i­den­tial use, so it has to main­tain the el­e­ments of a home, with a work­ing kitchen, a place to sleep, a shower. Ste­wart cre­ated a se­ries of sculp­tural ob­jects (as pic­tured) to fur­nish the space for a “myth­i­cal oc­cu­pant,” us­ing forms and ma­te­ri­als in­spired by folk­lore and sci­ence fic­tion. The merg­ing of func­tion and fan­tasy was amaz­ing and some­thing I’d love to see more of.

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