Nina Yashar makes room for the new: Picked by Nina is a special project dedicated to a selection of limited edition designs and works of art, which features numbered pieces realized exclusively for Nilufar, now chosen with the intention of making collectible design more accessible.

Reflecting into an accurate curatorial selection, the gallery owner will lead you to the discovery of some peculiar collections, signed by important designers, architects and artists, which, from 2021, are going to be directly available for purchase online through the new website.

“VASO DA VIAGGIO”
by Gaetano Pesce
“ARCHITETTURA POVERA”
etchings/aquatints by Andrea Branzi
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“VASO DA VIAGGIO”
by Gaetano Pesce
Italy, 2003

Made of a cloudy soft silicone membrane held by three multicolored resin legs Realized in 200 numbered unique examples in exclusive for Nilufar Gallery d 24 x h 35 cm

“I met Gaetano Pesce by chance, when he happened to pop in the gallery in via della Spiga, as he used to pass by. We immediately got in tune and, during one of our fish-based dinners in one of his favorite restaurants, he proposed me the first exclusive project for the gallery: a unique edition of three silicone rugs, which I presented at Nilufar in 2001. The three rugs were incredibly successful not only for their absolute innovation and avant-garde flair (no one had ever made silicone carpets before) but also for the amazement they raised in myself as I saw such different pieces showcased for the first time in my gallery. That episode led to many further collaborations, including the creation in 2003 of a special series of silicone vases consisting of 200 numbered pieces in exclusive to Nilufar.

From the mid-nineties Gaetano Pesce had already designed vases for Fish Design but for me he did want to create a unique example of “travel” vase, which could be rolled-up and packed, consisting of a soft silicone pot, in a range of colors from yellow, to ocher, to pinkish orange, with three holes near the upper edge meant for three colored resin legs to fit in and hold it in shape. Each vase is unique and never exactly replicable, therefore it bears a printed serial number which makes the object even more exclusive.”

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“ARCHITETTURA POVERA”
etchings/aquatints by Andrea Branzi
Italy, 2011

Limited and numbered edition of 15 copies signed by the artist, distinguished as follows: ten copies from 1/10 to 10/10 (Arabic numeration) enclosed in a folder and five copies from I / V to V / V (Roman numeration), plus three artist proofs.

“I personally met Andrea Branzi in 2009, when I presented his exhibition ‘Grandi Legni’ at the Azzedine Alaïa Gallery in Paris. A grandiose project that led to new collaborations in 2011, such as ‘ARCHITETTURA POVERA’. I quote Branzi directly to describe the project, presented at Palazzo Durini during the Salone del Mobile: «ARCHITETTURA POVERA are chicken coops, sheepfolds, agricultural fences. My interest is to imagine spaces that possess a charisma, a mystery, a secular sacredness. In the boundless spaces of globalization these places define a constellation of local experiences, devoid of function as of meaning and even (perhaps) beauty. Temporary places, which are at the lower base of the built universe. They are an elementary threshold made up of simple qualities, which precisely for this reason are difficult to obtain.»” I chose Branzi’s etchings, selecting 50 examples representing agricultural enclosures and sheepfolds, because I found myself wishing, as he said, to return a little to those elementary thresholds that, too often in today’s world, we find ourselves to have lost, perhaps overcome, or within which we mistakenly feel limited. To me, they are an invitation to rediscover ‘one’s own spaces’, made of those simple qualities that are sometimes as desired as they are difficult to achieve.

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