With the absence of the Los Angeles Antique Show for the first time this year, attention turns to Parachute Market: Ever Present, a conceptual design fair /marketplace that blends emerging and established talent with international dealers and collectors, and lavishes attendees with one more reason to love the LA design scene.
Table by Alexandre Huy
“Working with creative minds that manage to flow together is, of course, always a pleasure in the design industry,” said Joel Chen, owner of JF Chen. “That has made collaborating with the Parachute Market team so enjoyable. Coryander’s [Coryander Friend, Co-founder of the show] vision of Parachute Market allows us to experiment with how JF Chen can engage with new audiences in the design community and beyond.”
Alongside these antiquaries, a select group of current designers will also unveil new works, including 100xBTR, Wolfum, Doug McCollough, Chris Earl, Stephen Kenn, Otto Design Group, Untitled Rug, Jason Koharik, Atelier de Troupe and Mary Little/Design Bius. A special vignette area will showcase one to three items per designer, staged together with larger dealer pieces, allowing guests to explore the inter-connected references between timeless and “future collected” design.
Lighting by Jason Koharik
Items up for sale include furniture, art, rugs, lighting, accessories and more with prices ranging from $200 - $2,000.
“My brother had a dream and woke me up while visiting my parents during Christmas,” said Friend. “He dreamt that I was a spider on a cliff and all of a sudden I fell off. As I was falling I shot out a web to catch myself and it formed the shape of a parachute. His dream was a significant one. The spider is a symbol of femininity and creativity within Native American culture. After that the word parachute was in my mind for some time. That dream was the genesis for Parachute Market, which I view as an all-encompassing environment to speak the creative word and share a creative experience. It’s an at-risk situation that is a little bit off of the norm. But we’re all doing this together so we know there will be a safe landing.”
Ceramic accessories by Bari Ziperstein
The fair also marks the debut of MARKET-MARKET, a new area that will preview a future Parachute Market retail-related project currently in development. This area will feature artisanal goods from Winsome Brave, Leigh Forsstrom, Todd Heim Projects, Hortense, Laura Schoorl, Metrode, Sanae Intoxicants, Bari Ziperstein, Victoria Morris Pottery, Mara Carrizo Scalise, Kat & Roger Ceramics, and a selection of Japanese ceramics and textiles curated by Shin Okishima. Prices will range from $25 - $200.
“In a world full of disposable objects, enduring design is an important subject,” said Friend. “Ever Present explores the question of what makes an object timeless by showing the treasures of those who collect and preserve historical design alongside those who refer to it and make it new through their own work.”
Table by Mary Little
A limited quantity of tickets (75) are now available to the public for a private preview evening scheduled for Friday, September 19 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The evening will allow for VIP access and one-on-one time with all dealers, artists and co-curators involved with Ever Present, and first-access to all featured merchandise before the fair opens to the general public for the weekend. The evening will also feature catered light bites by furniture maker, designer and chef Chris Earl and an open bar by Dogfish Head Brewery. Admission is $65.
Parachute Market: Ever Present takes place inside the new 15,000-square-foot JF Chen showroom in West Hollywood (1000 N. Highland Avenue). Show hours are Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Admission is $10 online and $12 at the door.