Billed as a travelling antidote to traditional trade shows, Nomad Circle was founded in 2016 as a mobile showcase for niche collectible design. “We wanted to create a format that was more personal…an experience,” says Montreal-born co-founder Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte of the twice-a-year gathering, which landed most recently in Venice. Among the highlights: inflatable tables and (literally) fizzy chandeliers. The next one, in St. Moritz, runs February 6 to 9.
Ensconced in a 15th-century Gothic palazzo from September 5 to 8, Nomad Venice hosted such international galleries as London’s Victoria Miro, Nilufar from Italy and Jeddah-based Athr Gallery. Galleria Luisa delle Piane, based in Milan, presented a collection of inflatable furnishings by Treviso studio Zanellato/Bortotto. Standouts from the line, entitled Zeppelin, included a concrete-topped iridescent table and an equally bulbous wall mirror (both left).
As it was held during Venice Glass Week, the show, appropriately, included a number of works in the medium. Among them: Paris-based Bonetti’s mirrors, lights and tables, created in Murano and featuring colourful glass piping.
The orbs comprising Mahdavi’s Clover chandelier are pulegoso glass, made by adding baking soda to the melt, a process that gives the smooth surface its bubbly, pimpled look.
A peripatetic biannual showcase for works outside the norm pops up most recently in a 15th-century Venetian palazzo.