The historic Monte Carlo villa that Karl Lagerfeld occupied for over a decade opens to the public for the first time tomorrow, to showcase works commissioned by the world’s leading design galleries.
David Gill Galleries, Nilufar and Massimo De Carlo are among the galleries that will showcase sculptural design pieces at the inaugural edition of collectible design fair Nomad.
Set to take place annually, Nomad will travel to a different destination every year – but this year’s edition takes place inside the the prestigious La Vigie.
Facing out over the Côte d’Azur, La Vigie was built in 1902 and is now widely considered one of the finest properties on the French Riviera.
It was home to fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld throughout the 1990s and later became an exclusive hotel – but is now opening its doors to the public for the first time in its history.
Other Nomad exhibitors this year include London’s Gallery Fumi, Copenhagen’s Etage Projects and Paris’ Galerie BSL.
Among their exhibitions will be new and recent designs by architects and designers including the Campana brothers, Studio Mumbai, JamesPlumb, Arik Levy and the late Zaha Hadid.
Organisers Giorgio Pace and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte see the event as a new approach to the traditional design fair.
“Nomad will rethink the classic idea of fairs and exhibitions to create an event that is bespoke, intimate and that presents work in a radically new context,” they explained.
“We hope to attract a community of individuals that is looking for a new experience,” they continued. “La Vigie’s rich history and beautiful architecture provides the perfect location to realise our vision.”
The four-day fair will be open from 27 to 30 April 2017.
The programme also includes a conversation between architect Norman Foster and Design Museum director Deyan Sudjic, a project by the Serpentine Galleries, and a lounge designed by fashion designer Rick Owens and his wife and collaborator Michèle Lamy.