Karl Lagerfeld’s former Monaco villa plays host to new designs at Nomad fair

Installation view of Etage Projects at Nomad Monaco
Installation view of Etage Projects at Nomad Monaco
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Design fair Nomad is on its second outing at the sunny Monte Carlo cliffside La Vigie – the oldest villa in Monaco formerly inhabited by Karl Lagerfeld – for a four-day soirée of collectable design. The brainchild of creative publishing specialist Giorgio Pace and Carwan Gallery’s Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte this year sees innovative new designs from many of the 17 international galleries showing, plus special projects by the likes of LizWorks and Mathieu Lehanneur. Here is our pick of new designs to look out ...

Anton Alvarez for Carwan Gallery

exhibition interior with striking cobalt blue hue

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Carwan Gallery tapped Swiss-Chilean designer Anton Alvarez for five playful experiments in ceramic that Bellavance-Lecompte first showcased at Salone del Mobile in his exhibition, Unsighted. The tubular forms arrive in a striking cobalt blue hue, and each design appears as if extruded from different cutters for a pleasing Play-Doh effect.

Egeværk for Sarah Myerscough Gallery

exhibition wooden artifact

Courtesy of Sarah Myerscough Gallery.

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The British gallerist returns with another impressive wood-turning project, this time by Danish furniture makers Lasse Kristensen and Mette Bentzen (Egeværk). Using Danish Ash from one single tree, the duo achieve a smooth, horn-like shape in the Void table by meticulously stripping each layer of wood.

Micha Kahn at Friedman Benda

exhibition living space with fire place and wood stools

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The New York gallery joins the Nomad team for the first time with an eclectic display of Misha Khan’s work. Unveiling 15 playful works, all of which use different materials to produce exaggerated forms. Highlights include marble powder, resin and wood stools that sit in front of the fireplace of the room, while taking centre stage is the mammoth tongue and cheek table, titled Back Bend Starfish Puts on all Her Jewels
for Her Workout, in stainless steel and glass.

Sabine Marcelis for Etage Projects

off-white resin Soap table

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At the Nomad St. Moritz edition earlier this year, Rotterdam-based Marcelis released an off-white version of the resin Soap table. For Nomad Monaco, the Copenhagen gallery will be showcasing this ice-blue iteration that continues to boast the designer’s dynamic ways with resin. Its minimalist and matte form is sure to compliment Etage’s more opulent designs on view by Fredrik Paulsen and FOS.

Mattia Bonetti for David Gill Gallery

exhibition artifacts

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A decadent mix of warm materials come together for the Tiger cabinet’s official launch; mahogany, brass, and leather. Described as ‘exuding lust and attraction’, the wild, animalistic patterns somehow juxtapose with the sophisticated shape for an eclectic design that is set to stand out against the landscape of the Monte Carlo hills.

David and Nicolas for Nilufar Gallery

Lebanese chair with Red Cavallino upholstery

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Beirut-based design duo David and Nicolas wanted to revive a classic Lebanese chair when they first designed the Chaise Maurice in painted steel, walnut wood and green upholstery. The charming vintage model, that has a throne-like status, has been updated in a Red Cavallino upholstery and paired with an ottoman footrest for enhanced luxury

Karl Lagerfeld’s former Monaco villa, La Vigie

Karl Lagerfeld’s former Monaco villa, La Vigie, which also hosted Nomad’s first edition.

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Archive image of La Vigie in Monte Carlo

The location chosen to host the fair, La Vigie in Monte-Carlo is known for its prominent design history.

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Gallery interiors

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Monaco villa Nomad fair table with flower vase

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Monaco villa white interiors

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Nomad Circle is on view 26-29 April at Villa La Vigie. For more information, visit the Nomad website, the Société des Bains de Mer website, or the Monaco Tourist Board website


Monte-Carlo Beach Club
2, Avenue Princesse Grace
06190, MONACO


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.