Armory Show Highlight: Carpenters Workshop Gallery Presents Johanna Grawunder + Nacho Carbonell

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Big Black Sky, Johanna Grawunder


As art fair season kicks off in NYC this week, Carpenters Workshop Gallery, the pioneer in fusing functional sculpture and collectible design, will be presenting thought-provoking solo exhibits of acclaimed artists Johanna Grawunder (at Collective Design) and Nacho Carbonell (at the Armory Show).

Grawunder, an innovative minimalist who incorporates light to bring life to her designs, presents Objects of Permanence. On view are works from past and current limited editions: Big Sky (2012) and No Whining on the Yacht (2013), alongside a more recent piece, Gioster (2017), inspired by the modernist geometry of Mies van der Rohe’s Barcelona Pavilion, and Craig Ellwood’s Palevsky House. The architect cum designer/artist explains: “We often associate modernism with boxes, but the sculptural qualities still have much to offer.”


Johanna Grawunder, Black Dot


Named Collective Design’s 2018 Designer of Influence, Grawunder’s thought provoking work is included in permanent collections at museums around the world including LACMA, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris. Her broad range of projects include collaborations with notable architects, and she has designed products for luxury brands Flos, Boffi and Glassitalia, amongst others.

March 9-11, Skylight Clarkson Booth A13

At their inaugural exhibit at The Armory Show, Carpenters Workshop Gallery will also recreate Nacho Carbonell’s studio, where large cocoon-like sculptures are brought to life as fantastical creations in a contemporary twist on Pygmalion. Part of his acclaimed Light Mesh series, steel and metal mesh rise from smashed concrete bases, constructing an uncanny forest where one becomes lost in textural details and biomorphic shapes. These works offer a parallel reality where objects and things are built or grown from inhospitable soil and environments.

March 8-11, Pier 92 & 94 Booth 912


Nacho Carbonell, Table Cocoon