This week we went ‘Out and About’ to visit The Future Perfect gallery in New York City. Located at 8 St. Lukes in a West Village townhouse, the gallery is a short and leisurely walk from Crosby Street Hotel. Founded by David Alhadeff in 2003, The Future Perfect is one of the world’s foremost contemporary design galleries, distinguished by its range of vision and strong curatorial focus. They showcase studio-created works alongside one-of-a-kind and limited edition pieces.
Throughout June you can enjoy FreelingWaters: Collection III, an exhibition of strikingly colourful works from Amsterdam-based artists Job Wouters and Gijs Frieling. We fell in love with these works which feature hand painted 18th and 19th century pinewood cabinets.
All surfaces of the cabinets are painted using seven pigments with matte surfaces. The elaborate designs and attention to detail is spectacular. Different variations and hues of the colours appear throughout the pieces.
The painting techniques and colours align with the origins of 18th and 19th century decorative traditions. Art déco and modernist ornamentation is also sprung into the mix whilst textures and dimensions have been explored playfully.
Intriguingly, not all objects here were 3D. 2D ornamental sets and cabinets were painted onto the walls. The details and dimensions definitely tricked our eyes – we really believed some of these pieces were real!