With coinciding events in Milan, Florence, Cape Town, Paris, and New York, Galerie Philia has undeniably taken claim over the fall season. This rapidly emerging platform was founded by two brothers with a passion for art in all of its forms. Its vast roster of talents and partners represents a measured eclecticism; transcending trends and style to uncover objects, furnishings, and artworks that embody a sense of timelessness. With the aim of contextualizing its wares, Galerie Philia often chooses to host its exhibitions in unconventional locations such as luxury apartments and Milanese storehouses.
The nomadic gallery’s latest offering brings together a whopping 30 emerging and established talents in a striking Tribeca penthouse. Even more impressive, the First Times exhibition—on view through December 3rd—showcases works by a larger number of designers that have never shown before in the U.S. They include Os and Oos, Willem van Hoof, and Hot Wire Extension, as well as many other young talents. Among the exhibitors are recognized names like Rick Owens, Elisa Uberti, Alain Ellouz, Paul Matter, Richard Yasmine, and Pietro Franceschini. Other up-and-comers include Gregory Beson, Arno Declercq, Cedric Breisacher, and Flora Temnouche.
Set up in the sprawling modernist apartment and its Canal Street adjacent private roof top are 80 works. Presented in staged living rooms, dining rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, and alcoves, these furnishings, luminaires, and accessories demonstrate Galerie Philia’s ability to stage luxury properties. The visual relationships forged represent multiple permeations, sensibilities, and lifestyles. The underlying thread of muted tones, organicism, and sculptural articulations interplay well with hardline geometric planes. Texture abounds throughout the exhaustive selection.
Yasmine’s After Ago side tables harken back to Postmoderism and the Memphis collective but are inherently geometric and pared-back in form. Beson’s wholly rectilinear tables, chairs, and benches make a strong case for the sanctity of monumental proportions and simplicity. Kar Studio’s expressive fiberglass forms draw from eastern philosophies. Rustic sheepskin rugs by Carine Boxy juxtapose Jason Mizrahi aerospace-grade composite creations. Though surprisingly succinct, this extensive collection is a true sampling of contemporary collectible design as it stands today.
Header Image: Richard Yasmine’s Set After Ago side tables set upon an exposed brick wall, in sharp contrast to Arno Declercq’s Bunker Candleholder 2.0 and Flora Temnouche’s Untitled 2 wall piece, presented against a white wall. (Jonathan Puente)