May 16, 2024 - May 20, 2024

Holmby Hills Estate, Los Angeles, CA | Room 5

          For the inaugural edition of Design Miami/ Los Angeles, Friedman Benda is pleased to present a group installation by six artists. 

          Three Los Angeles-based studios lead the booth presentation:

          Self-taught artist Carmen D’Apollonio’s ceramic and bronze works represent her exploration in abstract form, exhibited concurrently with her solo show Hello it’s me again  at the gallery’s West Hollywood space. Each of D’Apollonio’s piece is personified with its own stand-alone narrative as she allows her creations to take on a life of their own. 

          Design-duo Farrell Hundley debuts a new chandelier, which highlights their exploration of mythological symbolism from ancient civilizations. Rejecting the notion of an idealized form, Farrell Hundley unites discordant elements through lost-wax casting as a meditation on the power of fragmented narratives.

          Following his solo exhibition with the gallery in 2023, multidisciplinary artist Darren Romanelli releases a set of new lounge chairs. Composed of upcycled vintage textiles sourced in Los Angeles, the Sunrise  and Sunset  lounge chairs demonstrates Romanelli’s skill at storytelling through retro components that exude nostalgia.

          In dialogue with these west coast voices, Brooklyn-based Misha Kahn presents a unique side table from his Rock series. Unafraid to push boundaries, Kahn is driven to self-invent, adapt, and further processes in a myriad of mediums – in this case, he fuses cast bronze with blue-violet Sodalite, to create a functioning piece grounded by its metaphysical properties.

          Exhibiting works for the first time in Los Angeles are two leading European voices in contemporary design:

          British designer, artist and creative director Samuel Ross presents Jut, impale, emerge  (2021) from his RUPTURE series, which grapples with concepts of connection, severance, incongruity, and abstraction. Connoting the monolith, marble forms are propped on seemingly too slender geometries of powder-coated steel, finished in Ross’ signature Safety Orange hue.

          Presenting for the first time on the west coast, Dutch designer Joris Laarman will exhibit Leaf Table  (2011). Enlisting digital tools and parametric processes, Laarman is set to create poetic, emotionally charged work that redrawn the parameters of contemporary design.

          At Design Miami/ Podium, Friedman Benda will present four works from Joris Laarman, Samuel Ross, Faye Toogood, and the collaboration between KAWS and Estúdio Campana.  


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Holmby Hills Estate, Los Angeles, CA
Members Preview | May 16  11am-6pm
Collectors Preview | May 17  11ama-6pm
VIP Preview | May 18  11am-6pm
VIP Access | May 19  11am-6pm, May 20  11am-5pm

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