Founded in Milan in 1979, by Nina Yashar, the Nilufar Gallery has grown into a reference to lovers of historical design, as well as people following the evolution of contemporary design. “Discovering, crossing, creating” is the motto for this design gallery, always valuing design to tell stories. Let yourself get amazed by the selection of exclusive chairs from Nilufar Gallery, the epitome of collectible design with an artistic flair.
Initially located in Via Bigli, Nilufar Gallery began to specialized in antique carpets, and soon launched a series of pioneering shows, such as “La rosa nel tappeto” (The rose on the carpet) – focused on the iconography of the rose motif in rugs from all around the world. This exhibition brought Oriental and European carpets into the Italian and international spotlight.
Contemporary and modern furniture acquired a new meaning to this design gallery by the end of the nineties, as Nilufar Gallery exhibited the work of midcentury masters alongside unusual carpets, ground-breaking furniture, and rising designers’ pieces.
“Tappeti svedesi e mobili scandinavi”, meaning Swedish rugs and Scandinavian furniture, was one of the first and most emblematic exhibitions by Nilufar Gallery, it presented the work of Alvar Aalto, Hans Wegner and Arne Jacobsen while introducing for the first time the main theme of the juxtaposition of furniture and rugs.
Nowadays, the gallery works with several artists and famous designers and has taken part in numerous international design fairs, including Pavillon des Arts et du Design (PAD) in Paris and London, Design Miami/Basel, and The Salon ART+DESIGN in New York. From the outstanding silicone carpets by Gaetano Pesce to the rediscovery of Paul Evans’ work and Martino Gamper’s re-appropriation of Gio Ponti’s furniture for the Hotel Parco dei Principi, Nilufar Gallery’s work gave birth to a series of unique and impressive exhibitions!
The gallery’s monographic catalogs have also gained recognization band a cult status between collectors, design enthusiasts, and researchers. Every limited edition piece of Nilufar Gallery is show-stopping! When to comes to the exclusive chairs, the hardest thing is to choose a favorite. Contemporary art and a distinctive style come together in the creation of the furniture objects, as eclectic, multicultural, and original!
Moreover, since 2012, Nilufar Gallery has launched SQUAT, an itinerant and inter-disciplinary project pointed at expanding the boundaries of the standard exhibition notion, while exploring new cultural, geographical, and architectural territories.