Patrick Parrish Gallery, one of New York’s most renowned design galleries is dedicating a solo exhibition to furniture designer Felix Muhrhofer in mid-April 2019.
11 tables named after 11 New York subway stations. The tables are manufactured from the same pieces of glass as the mosaics that are decorating 11 subway stations since last year.
This largest work group of the exhibition consists of freely formed, pentagonal side tables made of terrazzo in various heights. They work as single pieces as well as a set: when put and arranged together they become modifiable as well as customized furniture sculptures.
How did those mosaic pieces from New York end up at Felix Muhrhofer’s Terrazzo in Vienna?
In 2018, the northern Italian mosaic studio Fabrizio Travisanutto in cooperation with the New York mosaic studio Miotto turned designs from renowned artists like Riso Gatson (167 Street Station) or Dan Funderburgh (Bellmore Station) into wall mosaics in 11 subway stations.
Felix Muhrhofer and Fabrizio Travisanutto met in Milan in 2017 during the creation of the table series “Unknown Planets”. In the course of the furniture fair in Milan, one international designer and one traditional craftsman were asked to create together objects for the “Doppia Firma” project. These items were displayed in the Galleria d’Arte Moderna in Milan.
After their successful cooperation, Fabrizio Travisanutto and Felix Muhrhofer stayed in touch. Thus originated the idea of creating new designs with Murano glass fragments that were remnants from Travisanutto’s mosaic production for the New York subway stations: 11 side tables with tabletops referring in shape, color or structure to the respective subway station. Each table contains glass fragments of one subway station in its terrazzo structure and mixture: for instance, of the mosaic at 28th Street by the artist Nancy Blum or Xenobia Bailey at 34th Street Hudson Yards (for a complete list of all subway stations see Dropbox link for press photos).