Coming Soon's New Exhibit On The Art Of Collecting

Obsessive collectors come together to create something real.

Coming Soon's New Exhibit On The Art Of Collecting
Photos by Pippa Drummond and Godze Eker.

“Almost everyone I know who loves design has the collecting gene, and very specific things that they secretly hoard," stated Monica Khemsurov, co-founder of Sight Unseen and Tetra. In a shoppable exhibition of obsessive-compulsive collections, Khemsurov brings together 10 object enthusiasts in the realms of design, food, and fashion. Each individual curated collections of varying objects under a single archetype (such as salt and pepper shakers or baskets), resulting in 12 complete sets of common objects as symbols of specific affinities or experiences.

Coming Soon's New Exhibit On The Art Of Collecting
Photos by Pippa Drummond and Godze Eker.

The "Obsessive Collecting Collecting" curators include a wide-array of design moguls, such as Keren Richter, co-founder of The White Arrow, Fabiana Faria and Helena Barquet, co-founders of Coming Soon, and Daniela Jacobs, founder of ARC Objects. Through their collections of 'stone fruit,' wine coolers, and small vessels (respectively), each individual brings forth a story. The collections represent nostalgia, appreciation, experiences, and curiosity. For example, Daniela of Arc Objects reveals the context behind one of her two contributed collections, explaining, “Basket-themed objects have always attracted me, since I was tiny. This probably has something to do with always seeing them around at home, and with their ubiquity in Mallorca, where I grew up aside from New York. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve grown not only an aesthetic appreciation for how these materials look, but also for the care put into how they’re made. Something about basket textures are just visually calming.”

Coming Soon's New Exhibit On The Art Of Collecting
Photos by Pippa Drummond and Godze Eker.

In explaining the project's purpose, Khemsurov notes, “This project is an attempt to celebrate those objects and those habits, both through the exhibition at Coming Soon and through the gorgeous images that photographer Pippa Drummond and stylist Gozde Eker have taken of each collection." The gathering of whimsical objects conveys a childlike wonder, inherent in the action of collecting. Like picking up seashells on the beach, collecting can be a very thoughtful, meditative practice. Once collection compiling becomes routine, it represents something much more profound than the objects themselves. 

On display at Coming Soon’s subterranean project space, the Plyroom, each piece in the exhibition is also available for purchase. The OCC Market is hosting a celebratory opening party, and will be on display through December 23. 

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