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Galleries have conflicting ideas about how best to display collectible design. Some present it akin to modern sculpture, in stark, museum-like spaces that emphasize form over function. Others hew closer to traditional furniture showrooms, arranging domestic vignettes that replicate residential settings. And some even opt to repurpose real-life homes as immersive concept spaces. New luxury design gallery Verso offers a variation on the latter approach, introducing a nomadic international showcase.

A vignette of collectible designs including a furry chair staged in a pop-up location of Verso design gallery in the Hamptons.
Jamie Gray’s Discus Vine lighting hangs above a furry chair by Katya Pititskaya, joined by a low coffee table by Venice design studio Zaven.
A vignette of collectible designs including a tubular light shown in a pop-up location of Verso design gallery in the Hamptons.
One of Tacchini’s Costela lounge chairs complements a selection of colourful Sacha seating from New Zealand manufacturer Resident.

Rather than operating out of any one permanent location, Verso plans to hold its exhibitions in a variety of pop-ups all around the world — with upcoming shows currently scheduled for everywhere from L.A. to Uruguay. First stop? Long Island, New York.

The sheltered patio of a black timber building which served as a pop-up location of Verso design gallery.
Tubular lighting by Objects of Common Interest is installed throughout the property, including on the sheltered patio space seen here.

For its inaugural venue, the travelling gallery chose a recently completed residence by New York design studio Young Projects, which is led by Verso co-founder Bryan Young. (Verso’s other co-founder is Amauri Aguiar, a design industry vet whose entrepreneurial expertise is put to use in the company’s behind-the-scenes software platform, which enables it to handle orders from customers no matter where they’re based.)

Sagarika Sundaram’s Fingerprint wall textile anchors the skylit kitchen.
Cord chairs by Ricardo Graham surround a table by Jamie McLellan.

Located in the town of Bridgehampton and completed in 2021, Young’s Six Square House is a contemporary interpretation of traditional barn architecture. Including the standalone garage and sheltered patio, the home comprises six main volumes — some with sharply pitched rooflines, and others with more billowing, tent-like silhouettes.

The architecture sets a dramatic stage for Verso’s inaugural grouping of designs, which run the gamut from a limited-edition desk and chair by Italian design duo Zaven to one-of-a-kind ceramics by Brazil’s Studio Rocha.

Blue sculptural objects displayed on a lawn as part of the first exhibition held by Verso design gallery.
Inspired by plumbing pipes, Formations is another collection by Objects of Common Interest.

Making full use of the sprawling property, the exhibition also spills out into the surrounding gardens.

Earlier this spring, Objects of Common Interest exhibited its glowing tubes at New York’s Noguchi Museum.
Tubular lights by Objects of Common Interest arranged inside of a black timber barn as part of the first exhibition by design gallery Verso.
Founded by Eleni Petaloti and Leonidas Trampoukis, the studio divides its time between New York and Greece.

One particular standout is tubular lighting by Objects of Common Interest, fresh from another site-specific exhibition at the Noguchi Museum this spring.

A green Parc floor lamp by Lambert et Fils complements Paolo Lenti seating and a Studio Rocha side table in a sheltered outdoor area next to the pool.

Many of Verso’s offerings are one-of-a-kind, and all of them embody a focus on ethical production and responsible sourcing. (Indeed, Verso gets its name from the word “reverse” and the idea of highlighting the narrative behind each product.) Familiar — yet no less exciting — products from established brands like Lambert et Fils, Karakter and Matter Made will round out its repertoire. 

Paravent, a Lambert & Fils sculpture designed to respond to ambient light, holds court on the lawn.

Especially as the collectible design market becomes more crowded, Verso’s approach to constantly changing up its setting seems poised to keep it one of the industry’s freshest players. And in the meantime, those interested in visiting Verso Bridgehampton can book appointments through October 31st.

Verso Stages Collectible Designs in a Hamptons Home

A new design gallery plans to hold exhibitions in venues all around the world. Its first location: a contemporary barn in Bridgehampton, New York.

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