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“Object Permanence” Exhibits Local Los Angeles Designers and Makers

Architectural Digest logo Architectural Digest 2019-03-21 Jessica Ritz
A candlestick by Objects for Objects. © Architectural Digest A candlestick by Objects for Objects.

"I kept seeing group shows in New York, and was wondering, 'Why is this not happening here?'" Leah Ring, co-curator of the new show "Object Permanence," recalls. Ring is the Los Angeles–based designer and founder behind studio Another Human. She decided to join forces with the show's co-curator Emma Holland Denvir and tap into their network of L.A. creatives to initiate a new kind of design exhibit and group show for the city.

The result is "Object Permanence," an exhibition series debuting this Saturday, March 23, at 6:00 PM, at the Hem and Madera showroom at 810 Mateo Street. The show is open to the public. After the opening, works from 11 local designers and makers will be on view and available to purchase on Sunday, March 24.

Ring invited "people I know of, or have shown with, or admire their work" to participate, she says. The exhibition and sale feature pieces by Ring’s own Another Human brand, Anthony Bianco of Bianco Light & Space, Alex Reed, Jackie Rines, Januari, Laun, Matt Hunt, Mansi Shah, Norma, Objects for Objects, and wrk-shp.

a close up of a toy: An object by Another Human. © Photo: James Elliot Bailey An object by Another Human.

For the first iteration of "Object Permanence," dubbed Edition 1, Ring and Holland Denvir called on their industry peers to contribute small objects that are interpretations of a candlestick holder. The two curators envision the show as a quarterly event, with each centered around a different concept or object type.

a wooden table: wrk-shp's contribution to the show. © Photo: Courtesy of Object Permanence wrk-shp's contribution to the show.

Because Holland Denvir also leads Hem's U.S. domestic business development, the flexible space that the Stockholm-based home goods maker shares with hardwood flooring and surfaces brand Madera is a fitting host venue. "Object Permanence" will be installed in the showroom’s outdoor area, which also features Confetti Courtyard, a permanent site-specific installation by Clark Thenhaus of Endemic Architecture.

"I'm hoping that will be the model moving forward,” Ring says. The aim is “to have enough designers people know about but use it as an opportunity to spotlight new talent and introduce them to a wider general audience.”

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