PIN-UP Magazine, the beautiful architectural glossy, toasted a special exhibition yesterday at Phillips de Pury featuring intimate and over-the-top work from 11 American artists, architects and designers. Exploring an oft overlooked piece of bedroom furniture, The Nightstands offers a glimpse at the inner-life of each of the commissioned designers through their works.
Our favorite is from New York-based designer Leon Ransmeier whose rotating 360-degree stool for Established & Sons was unveiled at this year's fair in Milan. Ransmeier created a beautiful one-off piece using a 5-gallon water jug, hand-pump and unfinished asymmetrical wood stand. Architects Aranda\Lasch constructed a geometric stand using a 10-foot long gold zipper and black leather. Unzipping the stand reveals a lush pink silk interior, a nice nod to bondage hardware and the mystery of other bedroom pursuits. On the opposite spectrum, hometown favorites and Core77 Design Award Trophy designers Rich, Brilliant, Willing constructed their nightstand using the simplest of materials leaving no place to hide a secret stash. Brooklyn designer/fabricators Situ Studio created a leaning dual-toned concrete block casting impressions for items found in a nightstand: water bottle, sex toy, book, clock and numerous weapons! Situ writes on their blog, "These objects, which reside within arm's reach as we descend into sleep, betray the messy proximity of our values, secrets and needs." Check the jump for more work, video preview of the magazine spread and party pics!
Phillips de Pury / 450 Park Avenue
Through the end of June
Rafael de Cárdenas with Evan Gruzis
Rich Brilliant Willing
For many of us, the bedroom is a carefully staged place for relaxation, escape, and seduction. Yet among the lush bedding, meticulously chosen accents, and soothing aromas there is often a forgotten little piece of furniture that is most revealing: the nightstand. Battered, overflowing with debris, the drawers half open? Buried under a mountain of books and magazines? The nightstand betrays more about our character than we might realize! But ideally, as we switch off the light at night, shouldn't the last thing upon which the eye settles bring a final swell of satisfaction to the day?
Aranda\Lasch Rafael de Cardenas with Evan Gruzis Jim Drain Paul Kopkau Rich Brilliant WillingRich Brilliant Willing Michael Stipe Objects from the Phillips de Pury Store
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