Clock, Robber Baron, Studio Job, 2007, Moss Gallery (scroll down to read more about Moss)
Moss Gallery, New York
Moss is widely held up to be a paragon of the future of design art. Started in 1994 by Murray Moss together with Franklin Getchell, the Soho-based space was set up as a quirky alternative retail concept to the increasingly humdrum shopping scene of the early Nineties, at the same time broadening awareness of industrial product design. Value was considered key to presentation and even the most inexpensive items were presented behind glass, like museum artefacts.
Much has happened to Moss since. Alongside several expansions to their New York home, this year Moss and Getchell opened a second store on LA’s Melrose Avenue. There’s no end to the names or types of product on offer, and spontaneity (or luck, on behalf of the customer) is key to the brand’s concept. As well as a retail hub, Moss hosts innovative installations and exhibitions, commissioning a range of contemporary designers and artists.
For Design Miami, Moss is presenting two exhibitions, Robber Barron: Tales of Power, Corruption, Art and Industry, which consists of a series of cast bronze objects by Studio Job; and Rock Garden a metal landscape furnished with metal works by Maarten Baas, Tom Dixon, Arik Levy and Andrea Salvetti.