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"Ursula" Chair by Roberto Rida and Simone Crestani, Italy, 2019

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The traditional stability of metal and fragility of glass are juxtaposed in this dreamlike subaqueous chair. To rest in this chair is to collude in the subversion of conventional materiality, where one can be supported by barnacles made of glass. Duetto is a suite of decorative art objects manifested in collaboration by two masters of contemporary Italian design, Roberto Rida & Simone Crestani. Housed within the storied walls of the Bernd Goeckler Gallery, this conjoined practice was championed by Katja Hirche, Goeckler’s niece, who in the last few years rose to the role of Gallery Director, forging new directions to pursue program- ming that reflects current design dialogues. Duetto mirrors a time of growth for the gallery, which this year celebrates 30 years as an authority of integral antiques and historical design, and now, as a vital space for connection and inspiration in the world of contemporary collectible design. As Crestani shares, “We tried to merge our own universe to create an alternate one. Every piece is unique and related to my interest in the natural, while also with extreme emphasis on the materials Roberto is known for.” The work here plays with notions of materiality; subverting expectations around the fragility of glass, and the strength of metal. In Rida’s words, “Duetto embodies the sensitivity and mutual respect between two artists.” As a whole, the collection eludes conventional cate- gorization, occupying a rarified, liminal space that attempts to collapse and expand the hierarchy that sets fine art above craft, while igniting broader conversations about the sensual objects that shape and enrich our lives.

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  • Dimensions
    H 33.5 in. x W 20 in. x D 20 in.H 85.09 cm x W 50.8 cm x D 50.8 cm
  • Seat Height
    17.5 in. (44.45 cm)
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Seller Reference Number
    N11603
  • Reference Number
    LU995916633582
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Since opening in New York in 1989, this seller has been importing exceptional furniture, lighting and objects from all over Europe and beyond. Once focused solely on treasures from the past, such as rare vintage pieces from iconic French and Italian designers, it now offers works by today’s top a...

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