TEFAF New York Fall 2016

TEFAF New York Fall 2016

Have a look at the TEFAF NY Fall Building Up Time Lapse*.

The long-standing collaboration between Tom Postma Design and TEFAF - one of the world’s leading art fairs - has started a new chapter with the arrival of two new art fairs in New York.

TEFAF New York Fall, to be visited from 22 to 26 October, features 94 dealers of fine art, design, furniture and jewellery from antiquity through the early 20th century.

The design brief Tom Postma Design received over a year ago for the design of the first edition of TEFAF New York Fall 2016 at the Park Avenue Armory was concise. It was to create a fair, in both the central Wade Thompson Drill Hall and the beautifully restored front building with period rooms, that is TEFAF- worthy, that would be absolutely spectacular and never seen before in this historical building.

The simplicity of that brief appeared to be quite the design challenge; how would we go about creating a modern and bright art fair in a beautiful, but rather dark, classical nineteenth- century building?

Tom Postma: “We wanted to create an elegant and exceptionally comfortable experience to enjoy art, without losing sight of our key principle which is that the architecture should never try to compete with the art. So we created a second skin for the complete front building, entrance, corridors and period rooms, to turn this historical venue from dark to light”.

The skin exists of an elegant temporary structure of translucent, voile walls. The free standing structure has a special integrated lighting system that brings light into the grand corridors and beautiful period rooms. Through the illuminated transparent walls, the visitors will still be able to see and feel the presence of the historical building and its art pieces.

Tom Postma: “Our design concept integrates two stories; the modern, unique, high quality TEFAF atmosphere combined with our respect for the historical vibe of the building”.

The Spring edition of TEFAF New York focuses on modern and contemporary art and design from the 20th century up through today and took place from 5 - 9 May 2017.


* video courtesy of TEFAF