Cristina Grajales Gallery in NYC are presenting designer Ayala Serfaty's first solo show in the United States.
The exhibition introduces Serfaty's recent work Soma Lights which combine traditional glasswork layered beneath a polymer skin which creates a delicate light sculpture with a complex surface and depth. In contrast to the light ice-like light sculptures are Serfaty's furniture pieces which are upholstered in custom handcrafted felt.
From the Gallery:
In Vein is a collection of 16 new lighting and furniture pieces that highlight Serfaty’s exploration of ancient materials merged with contemporary design.
Beginning with her Soma light sculptures, Serfaty manipulates glass and polymer to expose the delicacy and behavioral nuances of the object while communicating her interpretation of nature’s complex structures.
She continues this exploration with her Limited Edition Apaya lights, combining ancient wool felting techniques with modern lighting technology and transforming wool into a sculptural carrier of light in a uniquely aesthetic way.
In her newest work, the complexity of design is focused on the intense exploration of hand made felt used to create contemporary furniture pieces. Serfaty views the object as a canvas, where silk, linen and wools are molded into emotional expressions in seamless upholstery. The combination of the layered fibers create a dense and intricate skin that provokes the viewers sensibilities.