For over 20 years R & Company, the gallery founded in New York by Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman, has reinvented the concept of “collectible design” by presenting limited editions and rare modern and contemporary pieces, not only in its two locations in Tribeca, but also in the most important international showcases.
A gallery that has always discovered and promoted emerging talents, many of whom are now highly acclaimed around the world, including trailblazers like Wendell Castle, Sebastian Errazuriz, Rogan Gregory, Greta Grossman, Serban Ionescu, Hun-Chung Lee, Joyce Lin, Jolie Ngo, Katie Stout, Johnny Swing, Studio Job, Joaquim Tenreiro, Jeff Zimmerman…
The original location at 82 Franklin Street has been joined in 2018 by a large facility in the adjacent 64 White Street, an impressive place for solo and theme exhibitions, with a fine library and archive offering over 4000 books, monographs, magazines and drawings, from 1900 to the present. A treasure trove to discover in depth, to learn more about the history of collectible design.
The farsighted passion of the two founders has also had a fundamental role in the creation and growth of Design Miami, where in the latest iteration R & Company presented its first NFT project. Within this concept of ongoing research, until 22 April 2022 the space on White Street hosts three talents who narrate their experimentation.
The New Yorker Jeff Zimmerman, now at his sixth solo show with the gallery, presents “New Work”: over 50 pieces made in 2020 and 2021, demonstrating the dynamism of the designer’s approach to glass, with impressive luminous objects, vases of various sizes and colors, and mural works conceived as three-dimensional collages. Sculptural creations that come to terms with the experience of light, color and the natural environment, emphasizing the aesthetic and emotional aspects. “Jeff Zimmerman is a visionary artist whose work captures and skillfully modifies the boundaries between fine arts, design and performative practices,” says Zesty Meyers. “We have known him for decades and we continue to be surprised and hypnotized by the way his stretches the possibilities of glass, enriching and debunking preconceived notions.”
The highly acclaimed Katie Stout has a solo show that brings out her ‘naïf pop’ aesthetic vocabulary – evoking the style of Niki de Saint Phalle – featuring works in inlaid bronze with lively colors, combined with finely crafted details in ceramic. “With this new body of works Katie again successfully challenges the notions and the very definitions of making design,” Evan Snyderman explains.
Finally, the sensual forms created by Brazil’s Zanini de Zanine – presented for the first time by R & Company – reveal monumental benches, stools and seats made with recycled wood, capturing a harmonious dialogue between natural and artificial. Objects permeated by the awareness that environmental sustainability is an indispensable concept of ‘future design.’
64 White street e 82 Franklin Street