Following the success of the previous editions in Paris, Beirut and Milan, Nilufar Gallery, in collaboration with Shalini Misra Ltd, presents the 5th edition of SQUAT, which will be launched for the first time in London on 6 June 2016.
Founded in 2012 by Nilufar Gallery owner Nina Yashar, the ongoing project explores a new concept of exhibition that combines design, art and architecture and gives life to new and original domestic landscapes. SQUAT takes places in different locations and platforms, playing with diverse cultural, geographical and architecture environments.
To launch this first ever London edition Nina Yashar has teamed up with Shalini Misra and Mehves Ariburnu, Director and Creative Advisor at Shalini Misra Ltd respectively. The creative trio will transform one of Shalini Misra’s development projects, a 230 sq m Victorian lateral corner apartment located on South Audley Street, in the heart of Mayfair, into a high-concept decorative living space.
Inspired by the historic apartment’s distinctive features, the interiors will challenge the boundaries between art, design and architecture, creating an innovative open dialogue and connecting different disciplines.
SQUAT will present unique design pieces from Nilufar Gallery’s remarkable collection. These run the gamut from historic works by design masters such as Gio Ponti and Ico Parisi to creations by leading contemporary designers and young talents, such as Patricia Urquiola, Martino Gamper and Bethan Laura Wood.
Nina Yashar, owner of Nilufar Gallery, says:
“SQUAT is an innovative concept that combines design, art and architecture to give life to new, original and high standard domestic landscapes. SQUAT is an exhibition and a curatorial and contemplative project at the same time.
I have always been keen on creating new and unexpected associations between furniture and space. I like changes and challenges; therefore I decided to bring SQUAT to different cities all around the world. What drives me is genuine passion for beauty, which results in creative projects that incorporate many different worlds.”
Among the historic pieces on show will be a 1960’s LB7 modular bookcase by Italian master Franco Albini, 1950’s low table, stools and chairs by Gio Ponti and a stunning 1930’s Barovier & Toso chandelier. SQUAT London will also feature six 691 chairs by Ico Parisi (the 691 model was nominated for a Compasso d’Oro in 1955).
Cutting-edge pieces exclusively designed for Nilufar Gallery will find a place alongside iconic pieces from contemporary designers including: Lindsey Adelman, Michael Anastassiades, Caturegli and Formica, David/Nicolas, Massimiliano Locatelli, Roberto Giulio Rida, Fabien Cappello, Ego Vicente and Osanna Visconti di Modrone, to name but a few.
Luxurious hand-knotted vintage rugs will be showcased together with handmade contemporary carpets such as the ‘Expected to be or happen at a time still to come’ carpet by Martino Gamper, a unique piece commissioned by Design Miami/Basel 2008 on the occasion of the Designer of the Future award.
Shalini Misra, Director at Shalini Misra Ltd. says:
“Finding the right property for SQUAT was a long but exciting process, as we only select unique properties with inherent character, which we develop in a tailor-made manner. The interior architectural design has been finished to a high standard with each bespoke element of design making it an ideal setting for SQUAT.
“The heritage features of this stunning flat in Mayfair, built in 1890s, are mixed with mid-century design; vintage furniture with modern accents, creating a curious and elegant mix. Creating this beautiful space with such a dynamic duo is a career highlight and marks the start of a long-term collaboration.”
Crossing styles and eras, the design pieces will be overlooked by a selection of remarkable artworks; an eclectic mix of old masters and modern art.
Mehves Ariburnu, Creative Advisor at Shalini Misra Ltd, says:
“The selection of artworks in SQUAT has been curated to reflect the sensuality of the pieces on show, as well as the diverse, and often conflicting, styles and ideologies of design masters, whose pieces feature in the apartment, such as Gio Ponti, Franco Albini and Ico Parisi, who redefined European art, design and architecture in 1950’s.
“The works of art reflect the richness of the pieces housed in SQUAT. There is a strong and unique conversation between them, which makes SQUAT an extraordinary experience.”
The combination of Nina’s talent for sourcing vintage pieces, spotting new talents and collaborating with the most creative designers, Shalini’s interior design expertise and Mehves’ distinct eye for art and expertise in curating, marks the start of an exclusive collaboration.
SQUAT will also provide an inspiring backdrop for private dinners, and evening receptions, as well as public events, lectures and talks. Curators, collectors, critics and creatives will gather at SQUAT to discuss the value of art and design and the issues related to these sectors, offering a rare opportunity to meet leading contemporary talents and explore the work of the some of the most influential designers in history.
SQUAT will be open to the public from Tuesday to Saturday, 12.00pm – 6.00pm.