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Raphael Navot’s Reverberations at Friedman Benda LOS ANGELES

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Friedman Benda announces the opening of Paris-based Israeli designer Raphael Navot’s first solo exhibition at its Los Angeles gallery. Born in 1977 in Jerusalem, the artist has established a distinguished career in design and interior architecture. He runs his own studio in Paris, where he continues to explore and innovate within the realms of design. By 2023, he had been awarded Maison&Objet Designer of the Year — see designboom’s coverage here!

The exhibition, titled Reverberations, will run from July 11th to September 25th, 2024, and will showcase Navot’s unique visual language and artistic sensibility within the gallery’s intimate, residential setting overlooking West Hollywood. Reverberations is the largest presentation of Navot’s work to date, emphasizing his ability to synthesize various elements such as proportion, volume, material, palette, construction, and motif. Each table and chair on display within the exhibition is crafted with nuance and precision, which reflects Navot’s dedication to creating works that resonate with design-minded viewers.

Reverberations, the title of the exhibition at Friedman Benda, alludes to Raphael Navot’s aim to create pieces that ‘reverberate across the currents of the origins of design’ itself. His works are conceived in response to the fundamental human need for connection with one’s body, offering an intuitive sense of composition without sacrificing functionality. Marking his West Coast debut, the artist introduces to LA his acclaimed Acrostic seating pieces at this exhibition. This collection highlights his innovative use of materials such as fine upholstery, wood, eco-resin, and concrete, demonstrating how traditional elements can be re-shaped in ways we might not expect.

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At Friedman Benda, designer Raphael Navot stresses the importance of craftsmanship, emphasizing the touch of the hand and the tradition embedded in each piece. He comments, ‘There is something about craft, the touch of the hand, the work behind it, the magic of just the material itself and the fact that we can actually see and feel the tradition, the heritage, the knowledge that is so embedded in the piece itself.’ With Reverberations, Navot reexamines traditional European handcraft techniques through the lens of advanced contemporary technology. This approach allows him to push the boundaries of his chosen materials, creating innovative and surprising works.

Raphael Navot’s Reverberations exhibition at Friedman Benda stands as a testament to his ability to bridge the gap between traditional craftsmanship and modern innovation. The Design Gallery setting in Los Angeles provides the perfect backdrop for his works, highlighting the intricate details and profound thought that goes into each piece. Visitors will experience how Navot’s creations reverberate with a sense of history while embracing contemporary design elements.

The exhibition also underscores Navot’s commitment to custom interior design. Each piece on display is meticulously crafted to not only serve a functional purpose but also to evoke an emotional response from the viewer. This approach is evident in the nuanced details and sophisticated compositions that characterize his work, making them ideal for bespoke interior projects.

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Navot’s practice can be seen as a multidisciplinary design studio, where he collaborates with artisans and employs diverse materials to achieve his vision. His ability to seamlessly blend different design disciplines results in a cohesive body of work that speaks to his innovative spirit and deep understanding of design principles.

Furthermore, Navot’s work is a prime example of what can be achieved in a custom products studio. His use of materials such as eco-resin and concrete, combined with traditional handcraft techniques, showcases his ability to create unique, high-quality pieces that are both functional and artistically significant.

In conclusion, Raphael Navot’s Reverberations exhibition at Friedman Benda is a must-see for anyone interested in contemporary design and craftsmanship. His work not only highlights the importance of tradition in modern design but also demonstrates how innovative approaches can lead to the creation of truly remarkable pieces. Whether you’re a design professional or an enthusiast, this exhibition offers a rare opportunity to experience the depth and breadth of Navot’s creative vision.

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