The first edition of a travelling design showcase -- intended for collectors, interior designers, architects and art and design professionals -- will be held April 27 to 30 at a historic villa located in La Vigie, Monaco.
Perched upon a cliff, La Vigie is one of the oldest houses in Monaco. Built in 1902 for the British publishing magnate Sir William Ingram, it was a party hub for the French Riviera high society at the turn of the century.
During World War II, the villa was occupied by German troops for its prime observation point. It remained unoccupied until 1986, when it was restored and then inhabited by designer Karl Lagerfeld in the 1990s.
Now an ensemble of international galleries will present designers and artists there, via solo shows, showcases of rare pieces, and selections of new work. The galleries span different territories, extending from contemporary design from the Middle East to Russian porcelain to Brazilian Modernism.
The galleries participating in the first edition include: Alamak!, Tokyo; Galerie BSL, Paris; Giustini / Stagetti Galleria O., Rome; Carwan Gallery, Beirut; David Gill Gallery, London; Etage Projects, Copenhagen; Gallery FUMI, London; Heritage Gallery, Moscow; Louise Alexander Gallery, Sardinia; MANIERA, Brussels; Massimo De Carlo, Milan, London, Hong Kong; Nilufar, Milan; SEEDS, London.
These galleries were selected from a long list of applications, representing the best in global collectable design (there is even a waiting list!). Each will present a show or installation in a specific part of the villa: from bedroom to bathroom, kitchen to terrace.
A Special Projects section will feature Serpentine Galleries and an installation of jewellery and sculpture by Christophe Graber; a talks and events program will be held in the gardens.
NOMAD was founded by Giorgio Pace (a publishing, art and luxury brand specialist, having staged projects and events with partners from Garage Museum of Contemporary Art to Rick Owens to Pierre Huyghe) and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte (co-founder and art director of Carwan Gallery in Beirut who has commissioned special projects).
As the name suggests, NOMAD will travel to different destinations of architectural significance that will further explore design and context.
Another villa popped up on our radar in recent months and it is the luxurious Tuscan villa owned by the Ferragamo family.