Based in New York City and active in the creative community throughout the year, Collective Design culminates in the annual fair each spring with an international selection of galleries presenting masterworks of the 20th and 21st centuries alongside experimental works from the next generation of global talent. Building upon a growing audience for collectible design and art, Collective Design has become a vital part of New York’s cultural calendar; the fair illuminates both the design process and the diversity of our material culture, promoting a spirit of discovery that resonates with new and seasoned collectors alike.
Collective Concept is a capsule presentation within the fair where contemporary designers are encouraged to explore new directions and reconnect with the roots of their thinking. Inspired by the process-based explorations that have become a key part of Collective Design’s programming, the celebrated designers in Collective Concept each create a fully realized environment onsite, providing a rare view into the creative practice.
Each year Collective Design celebrates the work of a single, living designer in an exhibition entitled Collective Influence. This installation–our interpretation of a "Designer of the Year" show–is intended to convey the significant impact a designer or studio has made on contemporary culture. Here we give our visitors a glimpse into the mind of a designer, helping them to understand how one conceives of an object or a space and nurtures that idea into a finished product. Usually presented at the entrance to the exhibition space, Collective Influence is meant to leave a lasting impact on the visitor as they continue throughout the rest of the fair.
International talent, innovative thinking: Collective Features showcase site-specific installations by designers who redefine the boundaries of creative practice, often foregrounding the design process as they demonstrate the diversity of today’s material culture.
New to the 2018 edition is Collective POV, a program that invites interior designers with a wide range of styles to share their “point of view” through an immersive environment, a personal display of objects, or an installation of art and design elements. Exploring themes of disorder, mass production and fetishism, Los Angeles-based Jamie Bush will present a reductive study of the chair in all its variations. Drawing on inspiration ranging from Monet paintings to Helmut Newton photographs, Ryan Korban creates seductive, wondrous spaces that surpass trend to redefine traditional design for a new generation. Veteran designer Alex Papachristidis will showcase an eclectic collection of art and design elements that reflect his unique approach that melds classical motifs with a modern perspective.