Press Release  January 7, 2020

The Comforts and Discomforts of Home

Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Gaetano Pesce, Photo by Daniel Kukla

Gaetano Pesce (Italian, b. 1939), Golgotha Chair, 1972. Produced by Bracciodiferro. Dacron filled and resin soaked fiberglass cloth.

New York, NY– Friedman Benda is pleased to present its sixth annual guest-curated exhibition entitled Comfort. Curated by Omar Sosa, creative director and co-founder of Apartamento, the exhibition will examine comfort versus discomfort and how this dichotomy conditions and drives human behavior, personal identity and societal norms.

Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Peter Shire

Peter Shire (American, b. 1947), Oh My Cats, 2007. Steel and enamel.

Combining utilitarian objects, sculptures, photographs and paintings into a visual landscape meant to provoke engagement from the viewer, Comfort investigates comfort’s relationship to aesthetics and the tension that occurs when an object can be physically comfortable, but visually or psychologically uncomfortable, and vice versa. The exhibition looks at comfort beyond a physical state, but as a complete sensorial experience through the lens of diverse artistic interpretations of “comfort,” such as a John Chamberlain foam Couch, Nicola L’s monumental Canapé Homme Geant, and marks the first time Andrea Branzi’s rare Pigiama Armchair made for Alchimia’s bau. haus I collection will be shown in the US.
 
“We usually talk about comfort as a positive quality,” states Sosa. “It is an object or environment that makes you feel at ease and gives you a sense of intimacy. Comfort is often something that we think is innate but actually it only exists once we experience it. We like to think that our houses are comfortable, we want our environment to be so, but what happens when you venture beyond that familiar zone?”
 
Artists and designers on view include: Ron Arad, Archizoom Associati, Richard Artschwager, Bless, Fernando and Humberto Campana, Nathalie Du Pasquier, Droog, Simone Fattal, Franz West, Nancy Grossman, Max Lamb, Peter Halley, Nicola L, Isamu Noguchi, Guillermo Santoma, Peter Shire, Ettore Sottsass.

Courtesy of Friedman Benda

Guillermo Santomà (Spanish, b.1984), Toilet sink, 2019. Porcelain plaster and lime.

About Omar Sosa

Omar Sosa is a Barcelona born New York-based creative director, editor and publisher. In 2008, he co-founded the seminal interiors publication Apartamento, defined by The New York Times as "The burgeoning indie design movement’s official international look book.” In addition of publishing Apartamento, Omar has edited and designed a number of books including Nathalie Du Pasquier: Don’t Take These Drawings Seriously (PowerHouse) and Patricia Urquiola: It’s Time To Make a Book (Rizzoli). Omar Sosa has been the Art Director of Casamica, Corriere de la Sera’s Design Magazine and works as Creative Director for Italian lighting company Flos as well as a consultant for a number of design, lifestyle and real state companies under Apartamento’s design agency Apartamento Studios.

About Friedman Benda

Since its inception in 2007, Friedman Benda has served as an international platform for the leading voices in design, as well as historically significant estates. The gallery’s roster highlights key narratives that intersect contemporary design, craft, architecture, cutting-edge technological research, visual and conceptual art. Through exhibitions, publications, institutional collaborations, Friedman Benda has played a vital role in the development of the contemporary design market and scholarship. For further information, please visit www.friedmanbenda.com.

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