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Painter Ruben Toledo puts his mark on Ralph Pucci furniture
May 16, 2012

Stop by and see a new surface for painter Ruben Toledo: tables and chairs. Ralph Pucci is introducing Furniture (Two), the follow up to his successful Furniture (One) collection from 2010, which marked the legendary gallerist's first "in-house" collection—independent of his talented roster of designers.

Toledo also painted the murals that line the walls.

The chairs, side and dining table (pictured below) are part of a limited-edition, each of which will be hand-painted by Toledo.

The collection of eight pieces follow the course of iconic artists like Piero Fornasetti and Salvador Dali who painted on furniture. The glass-topped tables, made of whitewashed cerused oak, seem designed to show off the painter's work on the shelf and are destined to be collector's items. Michael Smith chose two of the original coffee tables for the White House, just one example of the legion of its fans.

Two coffee tables from the Furniture (Two) collection
Downstairs, Brooklyn-based painter Jeff Quinn, who debuted his first show with Pucci in 2003, created a site-specific art installation titled Wanderlust, which wraps around most of the Gallery Nine. The murals were painted on Tyvek over a four-month period in the Pucci mannequin studio downstairs in the building, so they could be installed like wallpaper with finishing touches applied directly on the wall.

One wall of Jeff Quinn's Wanderlust

Wanderlust creates an appropriately transportive backdrop that unites lighting designs by Brooklyn-based Ted Abramczyk, who is exhibiting with Pucci for the first time, and metal furniture by Fran Taubman. Variations on a single theme in varying sizes, Abramczyk's Cumulus collection is made of aluminum-framed hanging lights wrapped in a woven polyester that mimicks paper. 

While sharing the same elements and compositions (and clearly reference the clouds from which the collection takes its name), each one has subtle differences, whether in a shapes that at first glance looks symmetrical but actual tapers, for example.

Taubman works out of her studio on Shelter Island, but none of her work is cast and nothing is welded, instead metals are joined by hidden mechanical connections.

Taubman's copper-base console in front of the continuation of Quinn's Wanderlust
The collection of six tables and consoles, topped with glass, references Gerrit Rietveld's architecture and furniture designs with some of the primary colors on aluminum (detail below) as well as to Pierre Chareau in some of her copper and iron designs.


 Taubman's bronze and copper side table

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