This year Westedge will debut Made: Modern, a new showcase featuring more than 40 independent designers from across the United States. These individuals and brands focus on handcrafted, limited production and customizable designs in the categories of furniture, lighting, sculpture and accessories. Here’s a first look at this cadre of talent.
San Francisco favorite John Liston will feature his most recent collection of furniture and lighting, including the iconic Ribbon Chair. Trained in metalwork and jewelry design at Rochester Institute of Technology, the artist started his career at Polich Art Works, where he worked on pieces for Louise Bourgeois, Kiki Smith and Frank Gehry, to name a few. Today, he shares his own vision—insatiable desire to incorporate new techniques, different mediums and processes.
Artist Pamela Sunday makes ceramic sculptures inspired by nature and science. Known for meticulous craftsmanship and the inventiveness with which she explores the outer limits of her materials, she uses hand building techniques to make unique pieces. Formerly an art director for Bergdorf Goodman, her life was transformed when she begin taking ceramics classes at Greenwich House.
Husband-and-wife design team Marcia Zia (an Emmy-nominated set decorator) and Paul Priven formed Zia-Priven in 1999. Inspired by vintage lighting, the duo manufactures exquisite pieces in their Los Angeles studio. Precision machined metals are all hand finished and offered in a spectrum of standard or semi-precious plated finishes.
Craftsman Greg Mitchell values honest, hand-crafted products and his designs for West of Noble embody this belief. Inspired by the impromptu sawhorses traditional Japanese shoji screen craftsmen (or Shokunin), he designed a light and airy dining table that is both lean and sturdy. The minimalist Castenada chair takes its shape from the clean lines of Danish pieces from the middle of the 20th century.
Westedge kick off tomorrow, Oct. 22 through Oct. 25, 2015.