Commencing May 15, 2012, arts and culture non-profit BOFFO is proud to present its inaugural BOFFO Show House, showcasing creative furniture, décor, and art creating complete environments that redefine possibilities of interior space. Working with some of the most creative, artists, architects, designers, product manufacturers, and galleries today, BOFFO with artist/designer Andrew Yes will present four unique spaces under the themes of Nature, Future, Play, and Work with media sponsor Surface Magazine, bathrooms by Kohler with Aesop bath and shower products, wood floors by Relative Space, and wall coverings by Tres Tintas and Studio Printworks. Invites sponsored by Fashion GPS.
Upon entering the BOFFO Show House, visitors will be transformed from the exterior world by passing through an immersive interactive lighting installation entitled “Cloud” by premier lighting designers Focus Lighting.
In the Nature House, visitors enter an enchanted forest of hanging trees, a unique installation by Ovando floral design & event production, coupled with mind bending photographic landscape images, furry Ricky Clifton furniture (Johnson Trading Gallery), meticulously hand crafted Christopher Kurtz tufted wood bench (Hedge Gallery) massive monolith by Spacecutter that opens into a dining table and chairs, with new lighting by Lindsay Adelman (The Future Perfect) hanging just above, and a unique totem pole from the New York’s foremost primitive art gallery Nasser & Co. Upstairs Patricia Urquia (GAN) mangal rugs create a colorful bedroom with Jamie Hayon (Mondo Collection), Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio and Azadeh Shladovsky, and an underwater coral fantasy lounge next door with sculptures by Andrew Yes and Eduardo Garza mixed with Stefano Giovannoni (Vondom) Stone furniture and Marset’s Pleat Box lights.
The Future House experience, is a stark world of contrasting white and black with pops of color starts by stepping into an outer space environment created by Mexican artist Pablo Elizondo, accentuated with digital Jenny Holzer artwork, DB Kim Unity Ring chandeliers (Swarovski), a dramatic Antonio Saracino (Bosi Contemporary) Ray Sofa, and a galactic video by James Weingrod. With 17ft ceilings, Balmond Studio’s 4-dimensional hyperspace projections dominate the main room, Thomas Heatherwick’s (Haunch of Venison) glistening extrusion bench is tucked away with Aranda/Lasch (Johnson Trading Gallery) Modern Primitive lounge chairs, Nesting sofas one black rubber by Max Lamb (Johnson Trading Gallery) and the other stark white by Ramon Esteve (Vondom)balanced with an iconic Piero Lissoni (Cassina) coffee table and Paula Hayes’ unforgettable crystal terrariums. Just to the side Bec Britton’s dramatic chandelier hangs with a Stefan Hengst backdrop over a Fossil Table by Andrew Yes accessorized with Dinosaur Designs’ resin tableware. Upstairs Pryor Callaway presents an almost virtual bedroom of the future, which makes you wonder if sleep will even be necessary.
While in the Work House, visitors will stumble into a tetris-like geometric world of chrome and green, a breathtaking collaboration by USM Modular Furniture and Ghiora Aharoni Design Studio, outfitted with artist books by Printed Matter. A Charles Broderson glowing nature mural provides the backdrop of Joe Robbin’s Pegleg dining table with votive lighting and a large Alexa Hoyer bubblegum hanging light shade.
The Play House opens up with colorful Pox balls by LMNOQ extruding from the walls and a rubber band stairwell installation by Margarita Mileva. Andrew Yes will create a swirling world of color with a silicone slime floor while Crouscalogero (Estiluz) balloon lights will fill the air and Rolu furniture inspired by Guy de Cointet rest on top and Tom Fruin’s world-traveling Maxikiosco. A mix match dining table and chairs will be provided by Cappellini topped with Jamie Hayon’s The Guest, a new limited editiion procelin collection from Lladro. Ben Jones ladders (Johnson Trading Gallery) from his Deitch Projects exhibition rest against the side and Um Project nesting tables snake around the edge meeting with Harry Allen’s Shed (Matter) which looks like a chic cedar outhouse. Upstairs visitors will find a teenager’s punk bedroom with a Ben Venom heavy metal t-shirt bed spread, Kirk Van Wormer anime murals and a BOFFO Show House highlight: an eerie Victorian doll house by internationally renowned architecture firm Snøhetta.
BOFFO Show House is located in the historic
Charles B. Snyder Public School 12, now a premier residential destination called The Madison Jackson with an address at 371 Madison Street in the Lower East Side of New York City developed by the Sung family with Michael Bolla of Douglas Elleman.
A special thanks to curatorial assistance of Courtney Lukitsch of Gotham PR, Regina M. Connell of Handful of Salt, Dan Rubenstein and Adriana Gelves of Surface Magazine, Mikel Orbe from the Trade Commission of Spain, DB Kim, and the wonderful Joe Robbins.