FOG Fair is one of our favorite annual San Francisco design events, bringing together top contemporary art and design galleries from all over the world with curated booths of collectible furniture, lighting, sculpture and fine art. It was founded in 2014 by event producer and gallerist John Goss and art advisor and curator event-takes, in collaboration with a group of San Francisco-based galleries. The fair was created to showcase contemporary art and design from around the world, with a focus on the Bay Area’s thriving creative community.
The first FOG Fair took place in January 2014, at the Fort Mason Center for Arts & Culture. It featured 28 exhibitors from around the world, including galleries from San Francisco, New York, and London. The fair was a success, attracting more than 7,500 visitors and generating over $4 million in sales. Since then, the FOG Fair has grown in size and scope, attracting top-tier galleries and design and art collectors from around the world. The fair now features more than 50 exhibitors, showcasing everything from contemporary painting and sculpture to design and photography.
As San Francisco interior designers we are especially drawn to the galleries featuring rare 20th century vintage furniture as well as one of a kind pieces by contemporary artists. While the roster of galleries changes each year, there are few consistent Niche favorites that we just had to share! The event is open now through Sunday at the Fort Mason Center for Arts and Culture in San Francisco.
MAGEN H GALLERY
Based in New York, Magen H has some of the most sought after 20th century furniture on the market – featuring pieces by Pierre Chapo, Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouve and Jacques Adnet to name a few. Their space is always beautifully curated and features a range of furniture, ceramics, and functional objects.
Featuring a mix of art and sculpture from contemporary artists and collectible vintage pieces, Hostler Burrows has two locations in Los Angeles and New York. The gallery represents Scandinavian artists specializing in ceramics, sculpture and lighting. One of my favorite pieces from this year is the Kurenai Light Object by Ane Lykke (featured above). Crafted in a three-dimensional grid in cypress wood using the traditional Japanese woodworking technique Kumiko. The Kurenai Light Object is a fusion between traditional Japanese craftsmanship and a new Nordic perspective.
R&Company showcases furniture and lighting from 20th and 21st century designers, with a focus on sculptural, avant-garde pieces. We always enjoy seeing the latest creations from American artist Rogan Gregory, whose organic pieces reflect his interest in abstract forms, geology, and ecological systems. The Hydra illuminated sculpture and an amorphous shaped bronze coffee table were two standouts this year.
Based in Milan, Nilufar Gallery specializes in modern and contemporary furniture, showcasing the work of mid-century masters alongside unusual carpets, cutting-edge furniture and emerging designers’ pieces. I enjoyed their bold, colorful and whimsical exhibit.