Courtesy of Friedman Benda. Photography by Matthew Avignone.

New York (October 24, 2023) – Following the successful inaugural edition of Design Miami/ Paris, Friedman Benda has released a selection of installation photos from the show, featuring its presentation of selected works celebrating acclaimed European designers and new key voices from the United States. The ensemble of forward-thinking design was unveiled in the historical context of the hotel de Maisons, in the heart of Saint-Germain des Prés.

Since opening its doors in 2007, Friedman Benda continues to identify and advance key narratives that intersect contemporary design, craft, architecture, visual art, and cutting-edge technological research. Its Design Miami/Paris presentation provided a capsule of the gallery’s mission for Design Miami/ Paris visitors.

Highlights from the presentation included armchairs from Paris-based designer Raphael Navot’s acclaimed “Acrostic” series, with interlocking volumes that explore the nuances of texture, form, palette, and materials. In direct conversation was Faye Toogood’s Plot II from her recent body of work, “Assemblage 7”. Hand-carved in oak – a material that resonates historically – the work venerates the primacy of traditional artisanal carving techniques and marks its debut on the European continent.

Further, two vignettes juxtaposed works by Samuel Ross and Daniel Arsham, both polymathic creative forces with global resonance. Anaesthesia II manifests Ross’ conceptual and layered approach to post-industrial materiality, while Jaffe Desk and Philly Lamp represent a significant departure for Arsham’s development of vocabularies of form and making.

Shown for the first time to the European public was seminal Italian designer and architect Andrea Branzi’s last body of work, “Roots” exploring the tension between the commodified and natural, gestural and methodical, artisanal and industrial. This followed research that culminated in Branzi’s exhibition at Centre Pompidou in 2017.

Completing the presentation were the historical A.Y.O.R. (At Your Own Risk) chair by Ron Arad; a pair of bronze and ceramic sculptural lighting works by Swiss-born artist Carmen D’Apollonio; Misha Kahn’s signature “Rock” series, a 3D-printed Strange Attractor chandelier by Dutch designer Joris Laarman, and a glass vase made in 2006 by Ettore Sottsass.

The new installation photos can be viewed here.

About Friedman Benda
Friedman Benda identifies and advances key narratives that intersect contemporary design, craft, architecture, fine art, and cutting-edge technological research. The gallery promotes synthesis between leading creative thinkers and makers by creating opportunities to advance new connections within the global design community. Friedman Benda is committed to a critical view of design history. We aim to expand the design dialogue from its established sources, exploring perspectives that have previously been marginalized. Spanning five continents and four generations, Friedman Benda represents a roster of seminal established and emerging designers, as well as historically significant estates. With locations in New York and Los Angeles, the gallery’s exhibitions, publications and collaborations with institutions have played a vital role in the development of the contemporary design market and scholarship since 2007. For further information please visit and the gallery’s Instagram @friedman_benda and YouTube channel.


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