David Quadrini's recent collaboration with Bench Dog Design is featured in Minima Gallery's Four Corners Exhibition.
'Four Corners: Design from Philly Surrounds' was a contemporary period room — a lived-in loft that contained furniture, lighting, and objects conceived, designed, fabricated, and/or produced by designers and companies based in Philadelphia proper and its immediate surrounds. It's a room that might exist in the urban home of a 21st century Philadelphian who is very into local design.
The “surrounds” in the title represent the region immediately surrounding Philly, but we also mean for it to be read as a verb. Design from Phillysurrounds us and surrounds you — no matter where you are sitting — even more than you think it does.
The objects in the exhibit act out a visual dialogue between Philadelphia design giants such as Florence Knoll, Anne Tyng, and George Nakashima, and new and emerging talents, including Jaime Salm of MIO Culture, Jesse Gerard of Carrot Grant, and David Quadrini. The loft tableau contained around 50 objects — furniture, lighting, textiles, wallpaper, toys, tabletop, electronics, and art — by 50 designers and artists. The objects’ stories are ones of heritage, craft, manufacturing, and innovation. The exhibit was a way into Philadelphia’s design identity and we think it provided a spectrum of answers to the question: What is Philadelphia design today?