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Furniture 2013 at Johnson Trading Gallery

We suppose a lot could be made of the fact that Paul Johnson’s usually private Johnson Trading Gallery is finally opening its doors for an exhibition at the same time that both the Collective Design Fair and the Frieze Art Fair descend on New York City — and of the fact that Johnson’s former cinema­–turned–gallery space is located in Nowheresville, Queens, pretty much smack in the middle between Collective’s Chelsea pier and Frieze’s takeover of Roosevelt Island. After all, the gallery has always been on the fringes of both design and art, what with its carefully groomed roster of young talent making things that sometimes count as furniture in name only (Aranda/Lasch’s industrial rubber–sprayed Modern Primitives chair comes to mind).

But to tell the truth, we’re pretty tired of the whole design vs. art debate at this point. It’s been nearly two years since Johnson hosted an exhibition in New York, and considering this one’s meant to celebrate four young designers who’ve barely yet made a blip on the scene, we were more interested to see what exactly Johnson’s been up to in his far-out lair and who he’s been scouting in the interim.

So we snagged for you some preview photos of the exhibition that’s opening tomorrow. Called Furniture 2013, the show will introduce four designers and artists — Chris Schanck, Jack Craig (above), Katie Stout, and Luke Armistead — in addition to showcasing pieces from the gallery’s collection of contemporary design, art and mid-century furniture. “The show is an immersive environment arranged as sprawling vignettes that make connections between work created in 2013 and work not created in 2013,” the gallery says. We, for one, can’t wait.Stout_Fox_VolcanoCurtains

Volcano Curtain by Katie Stout and Kate Fox
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Alufoil Chair by Christopher Schanck

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Bowl by Luke Armistead

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Alufoil Shelf by Christopher SchanckCraig_StoolOrange

Table by Jack Craig