Interior designer and design gallerist Rabih Hage, who recently created Alice in Wonderland-inspired hotel interiors for the Radisson Guildford, has spent the past decade amassing a profusion of design delights.
Marking its tenth birthday, the Rabih Hage gallery is putting on a special exhibition, the imaginatively titled Ten, drawing together some brilliant design works that are as much pieces of art as furniture or lighting.
Prolific collector Hage began amassing his plethora of art-design objects when he started sourcing prototypes from up-and-coming designers, forming a stunning archive of beautiful one-off pieces. He began asking these designers to produce more works or limited edition series, and so the collection began to grow.
‘Rather than keeping secret these discoveries I made in Milan or New York or Prague, I wanted to share my special notebook with the public’, says Hage.
‘Right from the start – with Johnny Swing and Christophe Côme, for instance – I was pushing these artists not to produce volume but to produce unique pieces.’
He adds, ‘I do not want to make a brand, but to celebrate creative individuals.’
The one vintage piece in the show is the highly anticipated 1970-71 Rain Machine (Diasy Waasterfall) – an installation piece from none other than Andy Warhol.
The work of 13 artists will be on show, showcasing Hage’s eagle-eye for design talent. Among our favourites are the bold colours and curves of Milky Screen by Aki Kuroda; and the organic, tactile feel of Paul Cocksedge’s Light as Air pieces.
French designer Matali Crasset’s piece reminds us of Peter Saville’s cover for Joy Division’s Unknown Pleasures – which is no bad thing – while Moritz Waldemayer’s Pong Table once again highlights ping pong’s ascent into the design world.
Ten runs from 13 October – 8 December at the Rabih Hage Gallery 69-71 Sloane Avenue, London SW3