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Best Of The West Week

Los Angeles Times Magazine March 2011

Best Of The West Week Best Of The West Week

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