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
“BEAUTIFULLES”
by Sam Baron
“COLOURSCAPES E FESSURE”
by Tommaso Fantoni
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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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“BEAUTIFULLES”
by Sam Baron
Italy, 2012

Hand-decorated porcelain plates by Sam Baron and Vista Alegre, made exclusively for Nilufar.
Each plate has different characteristics and fractures.
Diameter from 20 to 32 cm

I met Sam Baron in 2011 and I immediately appreciated him for his work that is constantly halfway between factory and shop and for his love for craftsmanship and traditions. This is why I wanted to collaborate with him through the Beautifulles collection of plates, the result of the collaboration between the designer and Vista Alegre, an internationally renowned porcelain manufacturer.
The project consists of the designer's recovery of discarded plates, with fractures or irregular shapes not up to quality standards, and the subsequent random application of decorative elements from the Vista Alegre repertoire. These hand-made pieces thus acquire a new aesthetic value and use as works of art.

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“COLOURSCAPES E FESSURE”
by Tommaso Fantoni
Italy, 2016 ‐ 2019

Acrylic on linen
20 x 20 cm

Tommaso Fantoni, architect and designer, nephew of Osvaldo Borsani, is a recent discovery of mine with which I started collaborating in 2019. The series of works of art Colourscapes, acrylic paintings on linen in small format, was exhibited as an installation during the Salone del Mobile and represents an abstract analysis of the world of nature and architecture in relation to color, combining geometric shapes reduced to a simple line, with backgrounds of bright colors often deliberately contrasted with the ordinary colors of architecture and design.
Inspired by real architectures, plants, sections or photographs, the result is then a research on pure color, declined in countless variations and applied to a vision of the landscape as natural as it is artificial.

The series composed of landscapes and architectures so-called "Colourscapes" is accompanied by a younger group of works called "Fessure", whose intent is to analyze and represent through color the ambiguous nature of the human being and its inevitable and continuous necessity to make choices, with results and consequences that are sometimes hardly distinguishable, other times radically different.

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