The final stop on the WestWeek hit parade was Evolutions, a show of new work by Patrick Naggar at Ralph Pucci. Combining editioned pieces in bronze and lacquer with upholstered beauties for everyday use, the exhibition was a tour de force of magical forms and sumptuous materials. There were references to klismos chairs, Egyptian scarabs and old-fashioned sleighs—a seemingly random mix that coalesced through the designer’s brilliant alchemy.
Naggar is a fascinating figure. His architecture, interiors and product designs manage to straddle the antique and the contemporary with a light, poetic touch that transcends fashion and frivolity. He may not be a household name (a situation that surely has a great deal to do with his personal reticence in matters of self-promotion), but make no mistake, he is one of the great designers of our time.
BY MAYER RUS-MARCH