Thea Djordjadze

Thea Djordjadze Is Your New Favorite Artist

Thea Djordjadze, the Georgian–born, Berlin-based sculptor, has a way of combining references to modernist architecture with a palette of process-oriented materials like plaster, foam, and linoleum that’s total catnip to those of us in the design world. We first fell in love with the work of Djordjadze, who studied with famed German artist Rosemarie Trockel in the ’90s, when we spotted one of her sculptures at Frieze New York two years ago: a massive chunk of uneven teal foam resting on its side atop a thin steel frame, exemplifying both her signature unfinished feel and her knack for channeling museum stands and displays in a cool, graphic way. Djordjadze’s pieces often take the form of installations, which though they have no function, still evoke interiors or sets. Tweak them just a bit, and they’re rooms we definitely wouldn’t mind inhabiting — some design gallery would be wise to proposition her for a special collaboration. You heard it here first, folks.