David Gill

Designing Art

By David Gill

Introduction by Meredith Etherington-Smith

240 pages

26 x 30 cm, portrait

More than 200 color illustrations

Hardcover with jacket

ISBN 978-0-86565-344-3

GBP £45 / US $60

PUBLISHED: Oct, 2018

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In this lavishly illustrated book, the renowned London Gallerist, David Gill, reveals his own particular opinions of and influence on the world of design-art. He also presents the works of artists, sculptors, and designers he admires, champions, and nurtures, among them Barnaby Barford, Mattia Bonetti, the Campana brothers Zaha Hadid, Donald Judd, Jorge Pardo, Grayson Perry, and Fredrikson Stallard.

In addition, the book features never-before-seen photographs of his galleries, his exhibitions, his own designs, his curated interiors such as the house of a collector on the Greek island of Hydra, and other rare glimpses of the private collections and homes of renowned collectors with whom Gill has had relationships over a quarter of a century. It also includes photographs of his private collections in his own homes: a converted handbag factory south of the River Thames; the eighteenth-century Albany apartments in London’s Mayfair, and his latest home, a restored palazzo in Valletta, the capital of Malta.

This book, richly illustrated with archival, and specially commissioned photography, and featuring profiles of the many artists whose work he has exhibited over the years, documents the extraordinary impact that one man has had on the inter-relationship between contemporary art and the world of design.

"David Gill: Designing Art charts the history of David Gill Gallery from the late 80s to the present day — a history that is synonymous with the unfolding of what was once commonly referred to as the ‘decorative arts’ into the exciting and glamorous world of ‘Design-Art.’  "
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After a stint at auction house Christie’s, David Gill founded his eponymous first gallery on London's Fulham Road in 1987. The Spanish-born Gill has stealthily shaped the perception and reception of design over the last twenty-five years, pushing names from the worlds of fashion, architecture, and art to the forefront of product and furniture design.

Meredith Etherington-Smith is a writer, editor, journalist, curator, and broadcaster who specializes in twentieth- and twenty-first-century fine art, decorative arts, contemporary and historical arts, architecture, and interior design. She was London editor of Paris Vogue, deputy and features editor of Harpers & Queen, European editor of Town & Country, U.S., and editor, GQ, U.S. Etherington-Smith has written on art and design for magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times, L.A. Times, International Herald Tribune, Vogue, Architectural Digest, and House & Garden, to name but a few. She has researched and written the TV documentaries The Story of Fashion, The Beauty Queens, and By Design for HBO.