LWSY Masterpiece >> Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
Phillip Mould Gallery.
You could lock me in all week. If you missed Basel this year as I did, Masterpiece London has all the ingredients to refuel your passion for all things art and design. Bringing together patrons, collectors, curators, exhibitors and admirers of the finest displays in art, jewellery, and very high end contemporary design, Masterpiece opens it’s doors at the height of London’s summer calendar.
“A forum for design and aesthetic excellence, every exhibit offered is scrutinised by a team of independent experts to ensure confidence in each purchase.”
Plus, unlike most design fairs, we have the finest offering of lunch destinations by way of Le Caprice, The Mount Street Deli and The Ivy all offering havens to meet friends, discuss purchases or sup on a glass of fizz and people watch the afternoon away.
Set in the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea (home to Decorex and RHS Chelsea Flower Show) the most impressive marquee (a four story Georgian brick building) houses over 150 stands presenting some of the most exquisite artwork available for purchase today. From Apter-Fredericks Ltd (Fulham Road), Edward Barnsley Workshop, Blaine|Southern Gallery, Butchoff Antiques, Carlo Eleuteri, Didier Jewellery, Linley, Mayoral Galeria d’Art, killer jewels from S.J. Phillips, Sladmore Gallery to Carpenters Workshop Gallery you’d be hard pressed not to find a stand that impresses. I wanted to share just a few of my favourites here…
Carpenters Workshop Gallery (Booth A38) presented works by Rick Owens, The Campana Brothers, Wendell Castle, Maarten Baas and Charles Trevelyan. My favourite piece was Owens’ Marble Table below, which reminded me of a giant slab of kendal mint cake close up.
Above, Maarten Baas Smoke Breton Armchair (left), Atelier Van Lieshout Hanging Atomic Lamp (above) Rick Owens Marble Table, Vincent Dubourg Reverchaise Armchair (right) and StudioJob’s Black Cat Lamp on the table.
Above, Stuart Haygarth Spectacle Chandelier (above) and Kirsten Everberg’s Pool Canvas (left)
Maarten Baas continues his Smokes Series with this next collaboration with Pleyel Pianos. On receipt of the shell of this piano, Baas promptly torched the exterior before treating it with an epoxy resin. Pleyel then installed the components of the piano which allows you to play this piece of working art.
The Sladmore Gallery on Bruton Place in London this year presented the work of Nick Fiddian Green. You may have seen the 30ft high horse head sculpture (see below) at Marble Arch? This is Fiddian Green’s trademark subject. His single minded concentration on the horse as a subject has earned him a dedicated following. A replica of his studio has been re-created at this years Masterpiece.
Nick Fiddian Green, Still Water, Marble Arch, London
Rose Uniacke, always an exquisite edit of pieces…
The Masterpiece, Tim Noble & Sue Webster
Created from the remains of mummified animals which have been cast in solid Sterling Silver, this is a classic Noble & Webster shadow sculpture, which when illuminated creates a silhouette portrait of the artists. Mega.
Diane de Polignac
Above, Galerie Willy Huybrechts
Masterpiece London is open until 2nd July 2014.