By Philip Stevens
January 26, 2018
two exhibitions that shine a spotlight on architect-designed furniture have opened at new york’s friedman benda gallery. the concurrent displays both explore revolutionary approaches to design and will remain on view until february 17, 2018. presented on friedman benda’s lower level, ‘no-thing’ showcases newly commissioned works from nine emerging architectural practices, including SO-IL, pezo von ellrichshausen, and MOS. the exhibition is curated by juan garcía mosqueda and has been billed as an ‘exploration into aporetic architectural furniture’.
‘it is through objects like the ones in the exhibition that the space necessary for the construction of a new self in society can emerge,’ says mosqueda. ‘not a utopian, idealized self, but an ambiguous figure, uncertain of its destiny; as uncertain as these aporetic furniture works. within this framework, where the objects truly emerge through affect, one is urged to take not solely a passive but an active role.’