As Emma Crichton-Miller points out in her insightful report on the collectible design market (page 45), we face an uncertain time in the world. Climate change, war, inflation and recession make for an unsettling moment.
And yet, the market for collectible design continues to thrive. There is nothing accidental about wishing to hunker down in our homes and wanting those homes to be as comfortable and expressive as possible. What began in the pandemic – a thirst for the new and imaginative to enjoy at home – continues unabated. This is true all over the world, which is why we bring you the most international edition of the magazine to date. This will also be reflected at Salon, where for the first time we will welcome exhibitors and partners from India and Egypt as well as Texas and Florida.
The magazine takes us to farflung places, too. We celebrate the work of a Welsh-Ghanaian designer who works with hair and braids in her narrative. A Los Angeles dealer of Brazilian modernist design, now more in demand than ever, talks about how he entered that particular market. A French-Mexican architect, currently working in the south of France, who has also done projects in Rome and Dubai is profiled, as is a Saudi-Lebanese collector and philanthropist who has many thoughts about Lebanese design today. So whether you’re an armchair traveler or collector or have plans to visit these fabulous places and projects, We hope you’ll share our excitement at learning about both established and emerging designers and their works.
As to trends in the design world, we learn that size matters. Along with a more maximalist sensibility in collecting generally, we find that there is a current vogue for oversized pieces. And high on the list of eagerly sought collectible design is glass, whether it’s mid-century Italian or the most current pieces by today’s makers. We look at what’s being sold and the fascinating new processes by which they’re being made.
As ever, the magazine presages the fair and here you will find a preview of work that will be exhibited at Salon by exhibitors and partners. From historical and contemporary lighting, from Brutalism to Nakashima, from the best of Royère and Line Vautrin, there truly is something for every taste and sensibility, which is the entire raison d’être for Salon Art + Design.
Thanks to our New York and London teams. Jennifer, Wendy and Jules on our side of the pond collaborated with the exceptional Cultureshock team: Paddy, Rachel, Sarah, Tess, Fonz, Claire and Caroline.
Thanks for reading and we hope to see you at Salon this November 10–14 at Park Avenue Armory in NYC.
-- Jill Bokor is Executive Director, Salon Art + Design