Top 5 studios to look out for at Collective Design Fair in New York

Objects of Common Interest's VIP lounge at Collective Design in New York
The VIP lounge at Collective Design by New York studio Objects of Common Interest
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The unofficial design sister to New York’s The Armory Show, Collective Design is moving into its sixth year with a roster of collectable design and new releases on display at Manhattan’s Skylight Clarkson North. The 2018 edition sees the addition of two new areas of the fair: ‘Hybrid’, for pieces that sit between art and design and ‘POV’ which showcases installations and tantalising room sets. Here are our highlights to look out for...

Johanna Grawunder

design by Johanna Grawunder

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The Milan-based designer and architect has been chosen as this year’s Collective Influence Honouree, an initiative that merits the impact of a living designer or studio each year. For this, Grawunder (represented by Carpenters Workshop Gallery) will present installation ‘Object Permanence’, in addition to showcasing furniture and lighting, including ‘Gioster’ (pictured), a modernist geometric structure that takes its inspiration from the likes of Craig Ellwood and Mies van der Rohe.

Coil + Drift

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The New York studio makes its Collective debut with a multidisciplinary showing. Founder John Sorensen-Jolink utilises his background as a dancer to create a live performance that explores how individuals move around their personal spaces, and engage with their treasures. In addition to the live performance and a short film, the show will celebrate new product launches: a cast resin and mirror-polished pendant and carved walnut wood mirror

Objects of Common Interest

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The VIP lounge at Collective this year is going to be realised by the New York firm, Objects of Common Interest, in collaboration with Cambria stone. The duo will elevate the area that overlooks the Hudson river by creating a series of custom-glass blocks as seating set atop stone slabs in earthy tones. The conceptual space is set to engage with the light, creating a serene atmosphere for relaxing


Stick bulb

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Stickbulb were inspired by the 100-year-old Pullman Couch Company building in Chicago for installation ‘Fire and Ice’. Composed of a suspended light sculpture, the display will teeter between destruction and creation as an ode to the Chicago factory that caught fire in 2013. The sculpture will float above fragments of the former building, and will be joined by large printed images of the structure too.

Fernando Mastrangelo

seating area with maroon sofa

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The Brooklyn-based designer Fernando Mastrangelo is testing out architectural scale for the first time with his cast material sculptures. Nodding to Henri Rousseau’s painting The Dream, Mastrangelo is forming an interior set that focuses on materials with a sand-cast sofa upholstered in blood red cashmere, and cement and crushed glass surrounds for a surreal yet domestic environment


Collective Design is on view 9-11 March. For more information, visit the website


Skylight Clarkson North
572 Washington Street
New York


Sujata Burman is a writer and editor based in London, specialising in design and culture. She was Digital Design Editor at Wallpaper* before moving to her current role of Head of Content at London Design Festival and London Design Biennale where she is expanding the content offering of the showcases. Over the past decade, Sujata has written for global design and culture publications, and has been a speaker, moderator and judge for institutions and brands including RIBA, D&AD, Design Museum and Design Miami/. In 2019, she co-authored her first book, An Opinionated Guide to London Architecture, published by Hoxton Mini Press, which was driven by her aim to make the fields of design and architecture accessible to wider audiences.