A Himalayan Salt Chair and a Purple Ombré Space Bench Were Among Our Favorites at This Year’s In Good Company
There were many quote-unquote “winners” in this year’s In Good Company exhibition, which opened last week and was co-curated this time around by Fernando Mastrangelo and Milanese design doyenne Rossana Orlandi. There was Elyse Graham, who turned her resin scraps into a slick, patterned meta-material that was here used to form an entire Judd-inspired seat, brass inlay included. There was Ian Felton, who previewed the debut collection he’s launching this week with a curvaceous, soft-feel table finished in Tadelakt, an ancient hand-plastering technique. There was Gregory Beson, whose Scarpa-inspired seat was made entirely from bricks of pink Himalayan salt. And there was Soren Ferguson, who graduated from RISD only a year ago but who has apprenticeships with Vonnegut/Kraft, Misha Kahn, Eny Lee Parker, and more under his belt. But this year, there was an actual winner as well — someone who would be chosen by a jury of peers and offered $5000 to further their practice. On Friday it was announced that the winner was Nick Missel, a sculptor who typically creates silicone casts of giant vehicles, like Caterpillar tractors, but here applied that same technique to a cardboard pallet in order to create a foam-filled, purple ombré, giant spaceship bench. (Can you tell it was our favorite, too?) The exhibition is on view until October 11 by appointment only in Brooklyn; we highly recommend a visit to see these in person!
Gregory Beson, Marco Piscitelli, Zac Hacmon