New York architect Steven Learner needed advice. While fairs like Design Miami/, which cater to collectors of 20th century and contemporary work, have popped up around the world, New York City lacked a similar event, and seeing a hole in the market, Learner decided to start his own. To bridge the knowledge gap between being an architect and being a design market impresario, he called on a group of some 13 dealers, collectors, curators, and other advisors, including fellow architect Alexander Gorlin, to help conceive a new fair. This week, Learner unveiled the product of their efforts.
The Collective.1 Design Fair opened to the public on Wednesday with a group of 23 dealers showing work—from 20th-century classics to contemporary pieces to Modernist children’s furniture—in a commercial pier on Manhattan’s West Side. The show also includes installations by Sebastian Errazuriz and Gaetano Pesce. Timed to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair, the event runs through May 11. At a preview, RECORD spoke with Learner about how the fair came together.