There is an abundance of amazing galleries in Chelsea, New York City. It has become the leading art district in the country and showcases every genre of art out there. One of my recent favorites is CHAMBER, a design gallery and boutique that was founded by Juan Garcia Mosqueda and offers incredibly unique objects and art.
Last week I attended the opening of Nicolas Aracena Müller’s Atalaya Collection at CHAMBER. He is a contemporary designer and “Improv Carpenter” and for ten days he built wooden furniture at his temporary studio in the window of the gallery for the public to watch and experience. These pieces were totally improvised and they evolved over the 10 days as a visual presentation that the visitors could interact with. Using his self-fabricated hand tools, Aracena Müller’s pieces are made from reclaimed scraps of wood he found around New York City and uses the “urban landscape as canvas and research material, exploring and reacting to his surroundings in order to express his perspective of our daily built environment”. His furniture is incredibly beautiful and functional.
Another artist I fell in love with was Studio Job, founded by Nynke Tynagel and Job Smeets. Their work is highly expressive and they create one-off, opulent and grandiose pieces. Studio Job is another artist that combines a high level of craftsmanship, but showcases extreme ornamentation and is quite cartoon-like as well as neo-gothic and complex. One of my favorite Studio Job pieces at CHAMBER is “Chess Piece”; a Swarovski crystal-studded black knight fused with a vacuum cleaner! The horse head is made of bronze and brass and when turned on the eyes glow red and snorts occasionally. Many of their pieces are aesthetic and functional and I will definitely be making an effort to see their collaborative collection with Land Rover next!