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NOMAD St. Moritz 2022

The Design Edit reports from the boutique art and design fair.

Chesa Planta, Samedan
1st  – 6th March 2022

By Emma Crichton-Miller / 3rd March 2022
Volumnia at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Volumnia & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

Volumnia at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Volumnia & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

THIS WEEK THE boutique art and design fair, NOMAD, has returned to its picturesque pitch in the Engadine valley in Switzerland. This is the fifth edition to occupy Chesa Planta, a splendid baroque mansion, first built in 1595, for the de Salis family, in Samedan, close to St Moritz.

Chesa Planta COURTESY: NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Filippo Bamberghi

Chesa Planta
COURTESY: NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

A cultural centre, it is home to the world’s largest collection of books in the Romansh language. The lure for galleries and visitors alike is to see highly curated selections of art and design from invited galleries staged in its many exquisite rooms, whether wood-panelled bedrooms, drawing rooms decorated with cut-velvet wallpaper and Delft-tiled stoves, or spartan sculleries.

Francesca Neri Antonello of FNA Concept at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: FNA Concept & NOMAD

Francesca Neri Antonello of FNA Concept at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: FNA Concept & NOMAD/PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

As Brussels-based Maniera gallery director, Amaryllis Jacobs, here ensconced in the snow-capped tea-house, showing work by New York-based MOS Architects, comments, “We may not do the most business by volume here, but this is by far the most enjoyable fair to come to.”

Maniera Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Maniera Gallery & NOMAD

Maniera Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Maniera Gallery & NOMAD/PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, co-founder with Giorgio Pace of the event, stresses that “the all encompassing experience” is what they are seeking. Believing, as Bellavance-Lecompte explains, “that a new model was needed” to showcase twentieth-century and contemporary art and collectible design, in 2017 they launched the NOMAD Circle, mounting boutique art and design fairs in outstanding locations – from Venice to the South of France.

David Gill Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: David Gill Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

David Gill Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: David Gill Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

The first was in the Villa La Vigie, in Monaco, once the home of Karl Lagerfeld. In summer 2019, the event unfurled in the Palazzo Sorano Van Axel in Venice. This summer, the destination is the sprawling, fourteenth century Carthusian monastery of San Giacomo on Capri.

Galleria Rossella Colombari at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Galleria Rossella Colombari & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

Galleria Rossella Colombari at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Galleria Rossella Colombari & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

The concept is simple – to bring an edited selection of leading international art and design galleries to their collectors, where they like to holiday. Scouting the private view on 1st March were international gallerists Iwan and Manuela Wirth (who have a gallery space in St. Moritz), British architect Norman Foster and his wife Elena, and philanthropist Jill Ritblat as well as Italian cultural entrepreneur Beatrice Trussardi, who launched her eponymous nomadic art foundation last summer in a remote valley close by, with an installation by Polish artist Paweł Althamer.

Thomsen Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Thomsen Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

Thomsen Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Thomsen Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

Every nook and cranny of the building is occupied. Pierre Yovanovitch has chosen to launch his ‘New Alpine’ collection, made from solid oak, with its clear nod to the Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth, in a suite of rooms lined with wood.

Pierre Yovanovitch 'New Alpine' collection at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Pierre Yovanovitch & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: © Piergiorgio Sorgetti

Pierre Yovanovitch ‘New Alpine’ collection at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Pierre Yovanovitch & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

MuseGallery from Monaco has also taken the wintry theme, creating a cosy upstairs interior with pieces by Scandinavian designers including Hjorth and Flemming Lassen, inspired by the idea of North.

Muse Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Muse Gallery & NOMAD

MuseGallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Muse Gallery & NOMAD/PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

Meanwhile Format, a design and craft gallery from Oslo, displays the sculptural, nature-inspired ceramics of Irene Nordli, in the bare kitchen.

Format Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Format Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

Format Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Format Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

The prize for the most ingenious curation goes, however, to The Gallery of Everything, from London, who have transformed the awkward space beneath a wooden staircase into a cubicle of wonder. Here, gallerist James Brett, whose focus, he says, is “unusual people making art”, displays an array of exquisite photomicrographs of snowflakes.

The Gallery of Everything at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: The Gallery of Everything & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

The Gallery of Everything at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: The Gallery of Everything & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

These were created in the late nineteenth century by a young man from Nevada, Wilson Bentley, who taught himself to photograph the flakes using a microscope and camera. Caught on a blackboard before they could melt, Bentley called the flakes, “tiny miracles of beauty”. Arranged in a grid, the framed black and white prints are equally impressive. Catch them this weekend.

Wilson Bentley, 'Untitled', circa 1900 COURTESY: Wilson Bentley & The Gallery of Everything

Wilson Bentley, ‘Untitled’, circa 1900
COURTESY: Wilson Bentley & The Gallery of Everything

TDE’s four highlights:

Etage Projects
Unmissable, as you enter the Chesa Planta, is the eclectic display of Etage Projects, from Copenhagen. Visitors are greeted by Sabine Marcelis’s exquisite ‘Stacked Fountain’ (2021), an evolution, in pink resin and travertine marble, from her ‘Fendi’ series of fountains, launched at Design Miami/ in 2018. Other highlights are Minjai Kim’s anthropomorphic ‘Floor Lamp’ (2022) and ‘Fast Chair’ (2021), displayed with his ‘Hut Cabinet’ (2022) and French designer Chloé Royer’s sinuous steel, resin and fibreglass sculpture, ‘Exo Mirror’ (2022).

Installation view Etage Projects, with work by Minjae Kim and Bahraini–Danish COURTESY: Minjae Kim, Bahraini–Danish & Etage Projects

Installation view Etage Projects, with work by Minjae Kim and Bahraini–Danish
COURTESY: Minjae Kim, Bahraini–Danish & Etage Projects/PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

Dimoregallery
Over the mountains from Milan, Dimoregallery, participating for the first time, offsets the warm red of its allotted space with a low-slung, simple oak and jute ‘Snedkerier’ lounge chair by Pool Kjaerholm and Jorgen Hoj, from 1952, and a Charlotte Perriand sofa, from 1965, upholstered in tartan wool. The intriguing wrapped ‘Fantasma’ floor lamp by Afra and Tobia Scarpa, produced by Flos in 1961, glowing by the Piero Bottoni desk, sold within the first half hour.

Dimore Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Dimore Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

Dimore Gallery at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Dimore Gallery & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

Galleria Luisa Delle Piane
This renowned Milanese gallery, specialists in contemporary and historical design, have balanced historic  pieces by Ettore Sottsass, with two superb, poetic light pieces, by contemporary designer Andrea Branzi, from his new collection of unique pieces, ‘Ossi i Seppia’, created for the gallery. The amusing coffee table by Sottsass is a one-off, while his sleek ‘Bastonio’ chest of drawers was designed in 1966 for Poltronova. Opposite stands a classic 1970s light work of Italian designer Nanda Vigo, a ‘Cronotop’ sideboard produced by Driade in 1971.

Galleria Luisa Delle Piane at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022 COURTESY: Galleria Luisa Delle Piane & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Simone Restifo

Galleria Luisa Delle Piane at NOMAD St. Moritz 2022
COURTESY: Galleria Luisa Delle Piane & NOMAD / PHOTOGRAPH: Mattia Parodi, Piergiorgio Sorgetti, Federico Florian

Galerie von Bartha
With their main base in Basel and a small space alongside a majestic old house in the nearby village of S-chanf, Galerie von Bartha are locals. For NOMAD, they have created a contrasting show of new work by Anna Dickinson and Imi Knoebel. Anna Dickinson is known for her extraordinarily poised and subtle sculptures in glass and metal – here she shows new work also exploring polypropylene, balancing textures, colours and forms.

Anna Dickinson, 'Red Glass with Steel', 2021 for Galerie Von Bartha COURTESY: Anna Dickinson & Galerie Von Bartha

Anna Dickinson, ‘Red Glass with Steel’, 2021 for Galerie von Bartha
COURTESY: Anna Dickinson & Galerie von Bartha

Knoebel shows paintings on metal, cut out sheets, some hanging by a nail, playing the sharp line against the beautiful patination effects of the surface. In conversation with the two are some of the intriguing painted metal structures of Swiss artist Robert Rebetez. Together, these artists exercise to the highest degree your appreciation of space, colour, line and material. Not design, but in dialogue with it.

Emma Crichton-Miller stayed at the Grand Kronenhof Hotel in Pontresina.

NOMAD St. Moritz 2022

 

Article by Emma Crichton-Miller
Article by Emma Crichton-Miller
Emma Crichton-Miller is Editor-in-Chief of The Design Edit. View all articles by Emma Crichton-Miller