The Artisan Kelly Wearstler Thinks Everyone Should Know About
She found her latest collaborator—where else?—on Instagram.
Published May 28, 2022 1:29 AM
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Israeli artisan Hagit Pincovici has a thing for being in the right place at the right time. In 2014, after years of designing for other firms, she had big dreams of going out on her own, so she asked her dad for a $3,000 loan so that she could present her furniture in a booth at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF). As it turns out, The Future Perfect team was there; they saw her work and signed her on as one of their artists.
Then a few years ago, Pincovici had another streak of great timing and placement: Designer Kelly Wearstler found her work on Instagram and reached out about making custom pieces for some of her clients’ homes. From there, the pair’s relationship grew, and this week the two launched an exclusive collection, Third Nature, which is now available to the public via the gallery section of Wearstler’s website.
“Her talent across all different mediums is also really exciting and pushes the boundaries of design,” Wearstler says. “When I was looking at putting together artists to work with for the gallery, she was at the top of the list.”
The five-piece collection, which Wearstler calls “functional art,” pays homage to Mother Nature and Pincovici’s hometown of Tel Aviv. “I was visiting my family, and there was a huge storm, which doesn’t really happen in Israel,” says Pincovici. “Afterward, I was strolling in the forest and found all these fallen tree segments on the ground. It was the first time that I had a chance to actually look into a palm tree’s details up close.” To bring the branches and leaves back to life, she cast them in bronze, then attached them to brushed oak furniture and, in one case, a mirror, in her Milan studio.
To showcase the works, Wearstler had them photographed in her Malibu home, but she insists that the collection would work in any style space. “I have a couple of the pieces in my house in town, and it’s Georgian style,” she says. “We decided to photograph them in Malibu, because a lot of the landscape and topography in Israel is very similar to Los Angeles, and we wanted to create that visual connection. But really, these pieces can work in any environment.”