For Patrizio Chiarparini, Duplex began as a passion project in 2015 to showcase exemplary pieces of Italian design—contemporary and vintage alike—from brands whose U.S. reach was undeservedly lacking. Starting off as a digital business, it soon acquired a brick-and-mortar presence with a by-appointment gallery in Williamsburg, Brooklyn with exclusive offerings like a Faye Toogood Roly Poly customized with Casentino wool cushions, a custom Julep sofa designed by Jonas Wagell with mohair upholstery by Raf Simons, and the Gold Bliss collection by Mae Engelgeer for cc-tapis. Then came the exhibitions, a natural extension of the relationships with the valued collaborators whose presence at the gallery has made it worthy of a pilgrimage for anyone on the hunt for original design. The characterization certainly rings true for Chiarparini’s latest show with Tuscan artist and designer Duccio Maria Gambi titled Merge.
The presentation is a display of Gambi’s cross-disciplinary ability to straddle the realms of art and function. For instance, his Tempore collection of rugs, designed for cc-tapis and fashioned in Nepal by Tibetan artisans, blurs the line between textile art and home decor object. On closer inspection, the granite sculptures reveal themselves to be pieces from his Zuperfici collection of imposing side tables and vases. The engraved Calacatta marble sculptures belong to the Incal line, a custom collaboration between Gambi and Chiarparini exclusively available at Duplex. Notable for its irregular form marked by engraving lines and exposures of raw stone, the monolithic Lighting Sculpture is described as a contemporary ruin that returns the marble block to its natural state