Béatrice Serre’s “Cosmosaïque” at Galerie Yves Gastou.
Photo: Galerie Yves Gastou

5 Collectible Design Shows to See Around the World in April

From Lucas Recchia’s organic shapes at new Chelsea design gallery Bossa to Béatrice Serre’s stone mosaics at Galerie Yves Gastou

Wild Side Stool, by Aurélie Hoegy. Photo: courtesy of the gallery

1. “The Beauty of Objects,” at Territorio Gallery | Mexico

Opened last year at the G56 creative hub in Mexico City’s San Miguel Chapultepec neighborhood, Territorio Gallery has quickly become a reference in the city’s buzzing design scene. Started by architects and design curators Andrea Cesarman, Marco Coello, and Emilio Cabrero, founders of the Design Week Mexico, Territorio showcases both functional objects and designs “at the intersection between art and design, merging functionality with artistic expression,” drawing from Mexican and international designers alike. The current group exhibit, “The Beauty of Objects,” explores beauty from the viewpoint of everyday experience, rather than a physical idea—the beauty found in process, materials, and in its poetic moments in our existence. One of the highlights of the exhibit is the Wild Side Stool by French designer Aurélie Hoegy, made by weaving rattan and bamboo fibers together. Some of the other artists featured are Andrés Monnier, Daniel Couttolnc, Ernesto Azacrate, Jose Abraham, and Rufina Ruiz López.

Morpha Series by Lucca Recchia. Photo: Ana Pigosso, courtesy of the gallery

2. “The Collectors Essentials,” at Bossa | New York

To inaugurate its new Chelsea outpost, São Paulo collectible gallery Bossa is showcasing a selection of original (and rare) Brazilian mid-century pieces by the likes of Joaquim Tenreiro, Oscar Niemeyer, and Sergio Rodriguez and mixing them with contemporary pieces by Lucca Recchia. Originally from the state of Santa Catarina, in the south of Brazil, and educated in São Paulo, Recchia was initially known for his work on fused glass, but he has now expanded his material palette to include cast aluminum and bronze. On view at Bossa will be a selection from his new series “Morfa.” With its organic shapes and rounded edges, the pieces suggest a certain primordial malleability, as if joined together in a Stonehenge like balancing act.

Petals side table by Jorge Zalszupin and painting with by Rubem Valentim. Photo: Ruy Teixeira, courtesy of Etel

3. “The Right to Memory,” at Casa Zalszupin | São Paulo

Since the passing of Polish-Brazilian designer Jorge Zalszupin in 2020, the house he designed for himself in São Paulo has become a house museum and is today an important reference in that city’s cultural scene. The exhibits combine art and design, and given the unique site, architecture. Its current exhibit, in partnership with gallery Almeida & Dale and titled “The Right to Memory—Afro-Brazilian, Indigenous Art, and Other Modernisms,” was curated by Lilia Schwarcz and creates a dialogue between art by Afro-Brazilian and indigenous Brazilians artists and Brazil’s modernist legacy as evidenced by the furniture and art that filled the dwelling while the designer and his family lived there. “The goal is to bring tradition and the contemporary into dialogue, moving away from the classifications of our still Eurocentric artistic canon, which has dismissed as ‘craft’ or ‘popular and naïve art’ a whole range of works bursting with Brazilianness, and challenging the established notions of Modernism and modernity,” says Schwarcz.

Gregory Benson’s Liminal Bodies. Photo: Connor Rancan, courtesy of the gallery

4. “Gregory Beson: Liminal Bodies,” at Verso | New York

Designer Gregory Beson thinks of his creations as “tools for living,” but his new collection, “Liminal Bodies,” shows that his exquisite wood pieces are also truly sculptures for living. Through a painstaking procress that takes into account the essence of the wood (white ash, cypress, reclaimed redwood), its grains, color, texture, and one can say, even its rhythm, Beson crafts the pieces into sensual shapes that leave but a suggestion of their intended use, going beyond function to consider what role the pieces will play in the user’s life. This latest series will be on view at the Verso gallery, in Tribeca.

Béatrice Serre’s “Cosmosaïque" exhibit at Galerie Yves Gastou. Photo: Galerie Yves Gastou

Béatrice Serre’s “Cosmosaïque" exhibit at Galerie Yves Gastou. Photo: Galerie Yves Gastou

5. Béatrice Serre’s “Cosmosaïque,” at Galerie Yves Gastou | Paris

The time transcendent quality of stones will be energizing the Galerie Yves Gastou in Paris, at the Béatrice Serre exhibit “Cosmosaïque.” Inspired by the implied hand and mind coordination in mosaic making, Serre gives this most ancient craft a cosmic dimension. After sourcing a variety of earthy materials such as stones and raw minerals, Serre combs through myriad chopped pieces looking for just the right combination of shapes and sparkles that can express her ideas. These are then combined using Greco-Roman and Byzantine techniques of stone cutting with newer contemporary bonding procedures. The results are creations that take the art of mosaic to an exuberant, three-dimensional creative level while also suggesting deeper existential cosmic insights of our connection to the universe. “Destruction, creation, this is the chaos from which are born the stars of which we are but cosmic dust,” states the artist.

Cover: Béatrice Serre’s “Cosmosaïque” at Galerie Yves Gastou.
Photo: Galerie Yves Gastou


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