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Weng Contemporary Reaches Out to Designers and Architects with a New Deal - An Interview with Nicolas Mak

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April 6, 2016
Studied Photography at IED in Milan, Italy. Passionate about art, frequent visitor of exhibitions, Widewalls photography specialist and Editor-in-Chief.

In an impressively short period of time, Weng Contemporary has become a respectable and reliable art business dedicated to collectors and enthusiasts alike from all around the world. Through an efficient and trustworthy service, the online gallery has established a remarkable database of original prints and fine art editions by today’s most sought-after emerging and blue-chip contemporary artists, with something for everyone in a wide range of mediums and prices. Innovative, ever-evolving and already a reputable partner to dealers, advisers and galleries, at Weng Contemporary they’ve set an eye on expanding their activities even further. Aiming to engage with a wide range of businesses working in the field of design, the gallery will start its exciting new adventure in the very capital of this creative field – Milan.

Along with Salone del Mobile, the Milanese Fuorisalone stands as one of the most important annual events in the world of furniture and industrial design on a global scale. This year, Weng Contemporary will join the exhibitors line-up with two presentations of their own, at the city’s prominent design locations. Tortona area’s nhow Hotel will host the gallery’s exhibit of paintings by Damien Hirst and the sculptures by Donald Sultan, while the Understate Lab will team up with Weng Contemporary for a showroom of blue-chip artists dedicated to interior designers and showcased in specifically designed spaces.

We caught up with Weng Contemporary Managing Director, Nicolas Mak, to talk about the importance of design today, its place in art collections, and the thrilling new experience awaiting the gallery during their upcoming stay in Italy. Scroll down to have a read!

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Delving into Design at Fuorisalone Milan

Widewalls: Design is, apparently, the next field you wish to expand your activities to. Please, tell us more about your plans for the Fuorisalone in Milan?

NM: Yes, we are actually looking to expand more generally in the B2B market, focusing on a wide range of businesses – from art industry players such as dealers, galleries, and advisors, to interior designers, architects, real estate developers, hotels, offices, and luxury yacht companies. The Fuorisalone in Milan will be our first step in this direction, where we will collaborate as decoration partner with the design company Understate and the design hotel nhow Milan. Understate is located in the Brera district and is organizing workshops (Understate Lab) for interior designers and private clients alike every day between the 12 and 17 of April, with cocktails from 6pm every evening. nhow is hosting the Future is nhow design exhibition, showcasing the works of Italian and international designers together with well-known contemporary artists and creatives. The opening party is on the 12 of April from 7pm to 11pm, and the hotel is also participating at the Open Night Tortona on the 14 of April.

Widewalls: How would you say the works of design would benefit an art collection?

NM: Design and art often go hand-in-hand for collectors, as an interior space fulfils the wishes of the viewer only if all its elements live in harmonious balance. While art establishes an emotional bond, design is more functional and exists for a purpose. Together, art and design create something unique that connects to the collector’s intellect and emotions.

Widewalls: What are next steps for Weng Contemporary?

NM: In line with our plans to expand in the B2B market, we will launch a new section catering specifically to businesses, offering discounts of between 5-25% to members and the option to reserve artworks. We are also in the final stages of testing our new mobile-friendly shop, which will be released later this month!

The dates of the events are:

nhow Hotel Milano | Via Tortona 35 | 20144 Milano | Italia 12 – 17 April 10 am– 8 pm 12 April / opening party 7pm – 11pm 14 April / “Open Night Tortona” 10 am to midnight

Understate | Viale Crispi 5/B, angolo Via Varese | 20121 Milano | Italia 11 – 17 April 10 am – 10 pm / Cocktail from 18 12 April / Show cooking by V-Zug from 6 pm

All images courtesy of Weng Contemporary.