Galerie Philia, the International contemporary design and art gallery, is presenting Hometown, an exhibition of sculptural design in the heart of a landmark house in the neighbourhood of Chelsea, Manhattan. Known for representing emerging and established designers and artists, the gallery is the brainchild of two brothers, Jorge Brown and Alban Roger. Sharing a lifetime passion for art, literature and philosophy, their concept for Philia mainly sees them following a rhizomatic and transcultural approach in the way they select works, ultimately revealing the beauty of each unique creation. The gallery’s non-hierarchical curation sits apart from the ephemerality of trends and focuses instead on the true aesthetic quality of the piece – alluring and timeless. Unlike others, Galerie Philia does not focus on a single style – whether minimalist, organic or raw – but rather embraces heterogeneity. Hometown is the meeting point of the contemporary world of collectable design that is part of Galerie Philia’s repertoire, and the old charm of a prewar historical house renovated and curated by New York-based home-makers Residenza.
The gallery, which was launched in 2015, takes pride in discovering new talents, providing them with multiple international platforms to showcase their latest creations. With artists presented at Hometown for the first time ranging from Atelier Barder, Luke Malaney, Atra, Hagit Pincovici and Studio Lél, the vast exhibition spaces take the visitor through five floors and over 4000 square feet of sculptural design experience. Most design works have been commissioned especially for this spectacular exhibition.
Asking the question of what makes a home feel like a home, the curation centres around rich and noble materials, woods with accents of brass, and soft textures from Christina Z Antonio and Pietro Franceschini seatings. Assouline’s prestigious art books will complement the scenography with a selection of literature.
Galerie Philia has a strong international presence, with galleries in Geneva, New York and Singapore. In addition to its permanent spaces, the gallery organises temporary group exhibitions and artists’ residencies in first-class locations around the world. For this exhibition, Galerie Philia partnered with the France-based research and curation group Eclipse, in order for them to exhibit the European fine art guests Jörg Kratz and Flora Temnouche.
Along all those artists exhibited for the first times, Galerie Philia’s classics will be present too, including Jérôme Pereira, Frédéric Saulou, Cédric Breisacher, Lucas Morten, Sylvia Eustache-Rools, Roxane Lahidji, Mark Sturkenboom, and Rick Owens.
The Exhibition runs from May 2 – July 1. Find out more here.