Iranian curator Nina Yashar has come a long way since her first carpet exhibit in 1980. Today, her Milan hotspot, Nilufar Gallery, is known for juxtaposing vintage furniture classics with cutting-edge works by emerging designers. That concept manifests this winter in Squat Los Angeles, the first U.S. iteration of a show Yashar kickstarted seven years ago in Paris and has since brought to Milan, Beirut, and London. From December through February, 150 design pieces will cover 5,000 square feet of exhibition space in Hollywood. Among the contemporary designs available to order are Bethan Laura Wood’s Wisteria LED sconce in hand-dyed PVC, anodized aluminum, and brass; Claude Missir’s Butterfly cocktail table in engineered wood and tinted veneer; and Michael Anastassiades’s Spring wall lamp in red-patinated brass and opaline. Especially evocative of the city is the gallery’s special edition of Aquiloni, a palm-patterned stool by Derek Castiglioni, the Italian outdoor-space designer slated to curate a section of the show.
“Squat is a true cultural journey”