The Salon Art + Design 2018

This past week marked the opening of the Salon Art + Design 2018 show at the Park Avenue Armory. Including some of the world’s finest dealers, this show brings a wide and high quality range of fine and decorative art from ancient to contemporary, with an emphasis on distinctive 20th century and contemporary design. And if you’re in the NYC area, tomorrow is the final day to visit this always interesting and stylish show.

Liz O'Brien at The Salon Art + Design 2018 Show
I stopped by the very well attended press preview and opening evening for a peek. It was a social madhouse with a who’s who in design and art aficionados, marked by robust sales reported by many of the exhibitors. Here are just a few favorites starting with New York’s own Liz O’Brien, whose stunning booth was anchored by a dramatic Stephen Antonson mirror, Samuel Marx propellor table and crowd worthy Edward Wormley “Big Texan” sofa. Jennifer Nocon wall sculpture at Liz O'Brien at Salon Art + Design 2018 showAlso noteworthy is an amazing ceramic and wool felt wall sculpture by artist Jennifer Nocon, above, who also has lamp collection with David Netto, below.

Jennifer Nocon: David Netto lamp at Liz O'Brien at Salon Art + Design 2018 showAnd I would be remiss if I didn’t include this chic corner centered on a 1960’s Scavullo silkscreen of Gloria Vanderbilt. Above, two two elegant Nancy Lorenzo mirrors, a marvelous Paul Belvoir lamp and works by Judi Harvest, including her imaginative Honeybees and Murano Glass pieces.

Liz O'Brien at Salon Art + Design 2018 show

Maison Gerard is perennial favorite with their signature mix of old and new. Below one of a series of screens by Christopher Côme and vase by Jaimal Odedra on a cabinet by Achille Salvagni.

Maison Gerard at Salon Art + Design 2018 show

I am a long time fan of Irish lighting designer Niamh Barry and her On It Goes sculpture floated effortlessly over an enormous André Arbus table in front of Mary McDonnell’s Untitled 3.

Maison Gerard booth at Salon Art + Design 2018 show

Luxe furniture makers Zelouf & Bell are newly represented by the gallery. I had a chance to chat with designer Susan Zelouf and will hopefully be able to share more of their incredible work including their amazing artisanal marquetry, beneath a Studio Greytak malachite sculpture, below.

Zelouf & Bell at Maison Gerard at Salon Art + Design They also use a proprietary method to produce these fantastic Japanese inspired intricate patterned trays.

Zelouf & Bell at Maison Gerard at Salon Art + Design 2018

Line Vautrin has a cult following and nowhere did her work look more enticing that at Galerie Chastel-Maréchal.

Galerie Chastel-Marechal at Salon Art + Design

Line Vautrin at Galerie Chastel-Marechal at Salon Art + Design

And speaking of mirrors, David Gill Gallery is showing a rather spectacular one, “Fertile Reflection,” by artist Michele Oka Doner with her “Water Flowers” chandelier above.

Michele Oka Doner at David Gill Gallery at Salon Art + Design 2018

Michele Oka Doner detail at David Gill Gallery at Salon Art + Design 2018

Garrido Gallery, from Madrid, founded by silversmith Damian Garrido and now continued by his children Juan & Paloma, present all forms of sculpture, furniture and functional art in metal.

Garrido Gallery at Salon Art + Design

Garrido Gallery at Salon Art + Design 2018

And while the large textural panel by Etienne Moyat at Galerie Negropontes may look like metal, it is actually carved wood.

Galerie Negropontes at Salon Art + Design

There is always something to admire at Swedish gallery Modernity and this year was no exception, from the Sven Hansson painting to 1940s Danish sheepskin armchairs to the 1920s Swedish “Hästhagen” rug.

Modernity at Salon Art + Design

Demisch Danant always presents the best of 20th century French design (primarily 50s – 70’s) with serious scholarship and an understated and restrained elegance. Below, a Dumond chair (one of six) and console with Pierre Guarich light and Arman painting.

Demisch Danant at Salon Art + Design

Maison Rapin presents several favorite makers including some glamorous Robert Goossens mirrors (which I neglected to grab a shot of) and the elegant work of Marc Bankowsky including his well known “Pied de Bouc” stool, below.

Marc Bankowsky at Maison Rapin at Salon Art + Design

Also from Paris, Chahan Gallery has a marvelous pair of vintage John Dickinson armchairs from the 1970’s.

Gallery Chahan at Salon Art + Design

Todd Merrill consistently presents some of the most lavish and thought provoking contemporary studio work,

Todd Merrill Studio

from Molly Hatch’s hand-painted plate installation,

Todd Merrill studio

Molly Hatch at Todd Merrill Studio

to Timothy Horn’s nature and 17th c. jewelry inspired sculpture, Gorgonia.

Todd Merrill Timothy Horn sculpture

Timothy Horn detail

Antique wallpaper specialist Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz brought a spectacular set of panoramic panels of “Voyages of Captain Cook” by Joseph Dufour, 1804, creatively paired with Oceanic tribal art from Charles-Wesley Hourdé.

Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz booth at Salon Art + Design

Carolle Thibaut-Pomerantz wallpaper at Salon Art + Design

And one of the special installations features the partnering of designer Ryan Korban with Lalique. Enveloping the booth in a romantic blush pink, a wall of roses greets visitors to the modern space featuring Lalique interior design pieces alongside more decorative items.

Ryan Korban x Lalique at Salon Art + Design Flocks of crystal swallows adorn the suede covered walls above the iconic Cactus Table and

Lalique x Ryan Korban space at Salonin the back, an amazing wall of straw marquetry with inset Lalique crystal panels was executed by Jallu Ébénistes.

Jallu Ebenistes wall at Lalique booth at Salon Art + Design

all photos by Stacey Bewkes for Quintessence

This is merely a tiny sampling of the many prestigious dealers and items to see at Salon before it closes tomorrow, Monday November 12 at the Park Avenue Armory.

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