Frieze New York week isn’t just for contemporary art fairs. This year, Collective Design is happening the same week. Decorative art and design junkies can rejoice and have extra rationalization to enjoy a few beautiful spring days in the city.

Collective Design is a fair that showcases innovative 20th- and 21st-century design. Though it is held in a dramatic west Soho space, it is easy to wrap one’s head around the presentation. This fair is a great way to see a variety of collectible design from all over the world under one roof. We are living in a time of conscious consumerism. As a result, it no longer feels okay to walk into a mass-market retail design store and spend thousands on furnishings that lose their value the moment they exit the showroom. Collectistas demand quality, craftsmanship, exclusivity, and value. At Collective Design, sophisticated yet conscientious collectistas can self-educate and acquire. My personal favorites are the Wendell Castle and Adam Silverman pieces at Friedman Benda, the entire Maison Gerard booth, the resin works at Mahnaz Ispahani, the fabulous chaos at Galerie Gosserez, and Daniel Sean Murphy’s cut-paper installation. Of course, for those who just want to go home with a “little something,” definitely pop by Gallery Loupe or Ornamentum to find unique, artisan jewelry. It is also worth noting that many of the artists themselves are hanging out in the booths. Gotta love that extra personal touch. If and when you tire of Randall’s Island this week, it is worth the jaunt down to west Soho.

Xx Lottie Dottie

Collective Design Fair
May 13–17, 2015
Skylight Clarkson Sq
550 Washington Street
New York City