Nomad boutique design fair moves to St Moritz

Swish Swiss resort is the next setting for peripatetic design fair

Mattia Bonetti Elle & Lui armchair, £44,100, from David Gill Gallery
Mattia Bonetti Elle & Lui armchair, £44,100, from David Gill Gallery

Following its successful debut in the French Riviera last year, boutique design fair Nomad will pop up at the Swiss resort of St Moritz from February 8 to 11, taking up residence within Chesa Planta, one of the resort’s finest mansions.

Thomas Lemut Sledge-Deck Chair, £18,000, from Gallery Fumi
Thomas Lemut Sledge-Deck Chair, £18,000, from Gallery Fumi

The brainchild of Giorgio Pace, publisher and art and luxury brand curator (a St Moritz resident), and Nicolas Bellavance-Lecompte, co-founder of Beirut’s directional Carwan Gallery, the annual travelling event will this year host 20 galleries showcasing rare 20th-century and contemporary pieces alongside antiques.

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The mountain setting, along with the striking baroque interiors of the house, has inspired several of the exhibitors’ presentations. Interior designer Francis Sultana, CEO of David Gill Gallery, has chosen to show in a winter palette of dark green, blue and ecru to complement the panelled dining room where new pieces will be on display. These include Mattia Bonetti’s Elle & Lui armchair (£44,100) and Sultana’s Majorelle banquette (£13,925). Dutch gallery Priveekollektie will spotlight Dominic Harris’ Bloomed lights ($20,000-$30,000) against the rustic backdrop of the kitchen, while London’s Gallery Fumi will showcase Thomas Lemut’s Sledge-Deck Chair, (£18,000), which complements the Alpine surroundings. Adding a regional twist to the proceedings, pieces by Swiss talent draw on local heritage and craftsmanship. 

Adi Toch Vessels on Stilts, price on request, from Sarah Myerscough Gallery
Adi Toch Vessels on Stilts, price on request, from Sarah Myerscough Gallery

There’s also an opportunity to view a number of “special projects” at the mansion, including Magical Nature, an exhibition of the work of British designer Marianna Kennedy, plus rug designs by Sou Fujimoto and Alessandro Mendini (£25,000-£35,000). Co-commissioned by Phillips, the collection will be auctioned in April.

Francis Sultana Majorelle banquette, £13,925, from David Gill Gallery
Francis Sultana Majorelle banquette, £13,925, from David Gill Gallery

For those who can’t attend the Swiss showcase, Nomad will return to Monaco’s Villa La Vigie – the location of its first outing – in April.

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