Friedman Benda will premiere new limited-edition work by contemporary designers Paul Cocksedge, Marcel Wanders and the Campana Brothers at PAD London Art + Design 2015, October 14 through 18, Berkeley Square, London. The booth will also present works by French artist Thomas Fougeirol and American designer Misha Kahn.
This will be the first showing of Dutch designer Marcel Wanders’ personal editions since his record attendance-breaking solo exhibition at the Stedelijk Museum in 2014, and his first public viewing with Friedman Benda since the preview of his Crochet Chair in “Smart Deco” at Design Miami in 2006. New works reveal Wanders’ reinterpretation of the ‘portrait’ with mirrors rendered as animated figurative abstractions. Wanders’ preview at PAD London will be followed by a solo exhibition, premiering additional personal editions, at the gallery in Chelsea in late February 2016.
British designer Paul Cocksedge returns to the fair after having been awarded the Moet Hennessy PAD London annual prize for best design for his Poised table in 2014. Cocksedge will reveal works from his revolutionary new Freeze series, followed by a full solo exhibition at Friedman Benda in New York two weeks later. A continuing theme in Cockedge’s work is the achievement of simplicity through the use of materials with minimal interference. In Freeze, he exploits freezing temperatures to create a seamless bond between metals that otherwise do not adhere in nature.
The Bolotas Collection (2015) by Fernando and Humberto Campana was initially inspired by stone walls, but its name came from the initial prototype for the sofa which was round like an acorn (‘bolotas’ in Portuguese). For the sofa to both look and feel comfortable yet still designed, natural elements were carefully arranged in contrast to its stainless steel structure—including pig leather pillows and Ipe wood legs.