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Special Exhibition, Color and Production curated by Libby Sellers was presented on Frieze Viewing Room during May 2020

This May Collective Design partnered with Frieze New York to present the fair’s first exhibition dedicated to design, entitled ‘Color and Production: From the Atom to the Void’, launched on the Frieze Viewing Room beginning May 6.

Collective Design’s special presentation was uniquely experiential, focused on telling the story of how technological developments have influenced the use of color within the fields of art and design, from pre-industrial times to today. Curated by the London-based writer, historian and curator Libby Sellers, the show was  presented in a series of chapters - Mapping, Matter, Material - that illuminate the materials and processes at hand / involved.

The online showcase featured unexpected and compelling pairings of art and design, presenting textiles, furniture and objects alongside painting and sculpture, from both historical and contemporary makers. The works ranged from an Illuminated Manuscript from ca. 1500 to contemporary objects addressing our reliance on petrochemicals.

Key designers and artists represented included Hella Jongerius, Josef Albers, Dan Flavin, Joseph Kosuth, Martino Gamper, Ettore Sottsass, Gaetano Pesce, Bertrand Lavier, Bruno Munari and John McCracken, to name just a few. The exhibition has also commissioned pieces straight from the studios of James Welling, Cody Hoyt, Sabine Marcellis, Formafantasma and Tanya Aguaniga.

Contributing international design galleries included Friedman Benda, Galerie Kreo, Giustini Stagetti, Volume Gallery, Adrian Sassoon, Donzella, Urban Architecture, Hostler Burrows, Established & Sons and Gabrielle Ammann. Artworks have been provided by Bortolami, Andrew Kreps, Ingleby, Massimo De Carlo, Sean Kelly Gallery, Leon Tovar, Alfonso Artiaco, and David Zwirner.

View the presentation here and see the response from the international press here.

Collective Design is known for immersive environments presented at the fair. Since 2013 dozens of designers, galleries and brands have debuted new work or had their first public launch at Collective Design, making the fair a must-see event each spring.
Collectve Influence
Beginning with Gaetano Pesce in 2013, each year Collective Design has honored the impact of a working designer with a solo exhibition each year at the fair.  Milan-baseed Johanna Grawunder presented the 2018 exhibition in partnership with Carpenters Workshop.
Read more from curator Libby Sellers on her vision for the exhibition
Learn about the theories and perspectives on color that inform contemporary practice (Bruno Munari Fontana a Ronda)


Learn more about Studio Formafantasma, the design duo of Andrea Trimarchi and Simone Farresin