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Christian Haas makes New York solo debut

Porto, Portugal–based industrial designer Christian Haas seamlessly moves between such disparate materials as Japanese oak, feather grass, marble, and recycled aluminum. In “Hands On,” his first solo show at Tribeca retail and event venue 180 the Store, is on view through February 24 and includes 15 installations centered on such products as his modular leg-anchored Scout dining chair for Karimoku, pebble-shaped Enki wall hooks for Schönbuch, and delightfully rounded Fonte table lamps, all of which highlight Haas’s versatile oeuvre. 

Trnk and Good Black Art present exhibition celebrating Black artistry

Artificial Black Face by Hamzat Raheem, currently on view at Trnk

Photo: Arturo Sanchez

Collectors peruse works from emerging Black artists around the world on Good Black Art, the platform founded by curator Phillip Collins. Now, creations from four of those talents are the subject of “Molded,” a group show that Collins developed in collaboration with Tariq Dixon, founder of the design studio and retailer Trnk. Held at Trnk’s Tribeca showroom through February 28, the show illuminates craft techniques long embedded in Black culture. Consider Nigerian-born Hamzat Raheem’s contemporary stone carvings, or Maya Beverly’s sculptures and ceramics that hint at the powers lurking within objects. These thought-provoking pieces explore identity too. Just as Yves Craft’s paintings and textiles tackle the notion of self-perception, Ambrose Rhapsody Murray’s mixed-media assemblages meditate on historical memory.


Marco Campardo honored by the Design Museum in London

Marco Campardo gravitates to unconventional materials, transforming polyurethane resin into chunky nightstands, solid curly maple into chairs, and discarded Alpi wood veneer fragments into circular coffee tables. The Italian-born, London-based designer’s inventive streak has caught the eye of many—including Tate Modern, Rome’s MACRO Museum, and the Design Museum, which recently named him the 2023 recipient of the Ralph Saltzman Prize following a nomination by the studio Barber Osgerby. The award, established by Lisa Saltzman in 2021 as a tribute to her late father, the wall-coverings innovator and cofounder of Designtex, recognizes on-the-rise product designers (last year’s inaugural accolade went to furniture designer Mac Collins) with a £5,000 honorarium and exhibition of their work at the Design Museum. Campardo’s is on view in the atrium until April 3. 


MASA unveils brick-and-mortar Mexico City gallery with two shows

In the 1960s and ’70s, arts aficionado Federico Sánchez Fogarty threw exuberant soirees in his colonial-style Mexico City abode. It is this airy dwelling, dating from the 18th century, that the nomadic art- and design-focused MASA gallery has chosen as its first permanent home. To commemorate the space—and its five-year anniversary—MASA is presenting a duo of exhibitions from February 8 through April 8. For “Non-Zero-Sum,” the gallery’s cofounder, Brian Thoreen, showcases a range of his functional and nonfunctional objects, like a sinuous chair crafted from folded and stacked neoprene, and large-scale sculptural raw beeswax candles that reimagine materiality. Boundary-pushing fabrication is also the theme of “The Space Under My Chair & The Music I Was Listening To,” starring an aluminum stool by conceptual artist Mario García Torres that riffs on artist Bruce Nauman’s 1960s concrete A Cast of the Space Under My Chair.  

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Visual artist Amanda Williams, whose work surveys color, race, and space while melding art and architecture, will be a guest speaker at the “Designing for Dignity” symposium.

Photo: David Kassnic

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