Photo Gallery: SOFA at Park Avenue Armory

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The Sculptural Objects and Functional Art Fair, which held its opening night preview last night under gray New York skies, presents cutting-edge contemporary decorative arts and design. Over fifty exhibitors will display their wares through April 17th at the Park Avenue Armory, presenting pieces that range from the high-tech to the handmade in art jewelry, furniture, and sculptural works of decorative art. Top dealers include Heller Gallery and Scott Jacobson Gallery of New York, from London, Clare Beck at Adrian Sassoon and Contemporary Applied Arts, and Jewelers’ Werk Gallery from Washington, DC.

SOFA NY will also present three days of lectures, including a panel with Ann Hedlund, curator of ethnology at Arizona State Museum, and Grace Glueck, former New York Times art critic. Artists Geoffrey Mann, Michael Eden, and Christie Brown are slated to speak, as are museum notables Michael Petry, director of the Museum of Contemporary Art and curator of the Royal Academy Schools in London, and Jeannine Falino, curator at New York’s Museum of Art and Design.

Click through below for some of the most memorable pieces, by virtue of their artistry, inventiveness, or downright quirkiness.

SOFA at Park Avenue Armory

Jan Huling bead sculptures at Lyons Wier Gallery

Svenja John brooch at Jewelers’ Werk Gallery

Merete Rasmussen at Contemporary Applied Arts

Lars Calmar at Bruno Dahl Gallery

Grethe Sorensen “Out of Focus” textiles at browngrotta

Fabrizio Tridenti jewelry at Charon Kranzen Gallery

h.ollary.b at Love Wood Gallery

Bonnie Seeman at Duane Reed Gallery

Miss Piggy by Catherine Labonte at Option-Art Gallery

Molly Hatch ceramics at Ferrin Gallery

Iguana Collage necklace by Alex& Lee at Olive & Espig Gallery