Jonathan Nesci Uses Digital Fabrication Processes


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As a brand, the Ace Hotel has carved out its own place in the hospitality world.

Dedicated to hosting art and culture-rooted events, the hotel leaders also invest in, and deeply believe in, both temporary art exhibitions and permanent works at all locations. In Chicago, the hotel has recently welcomed its newest permanent piece—a blue sculpture on its rooftop garden Prairie by industrialist artist and designer Jonathan Nesci entitled Nesci Dome.

This site-specific installation consists of 100 unique aluminum-polished tables, installed in the courtyard of First Christian Church by architect Eliel Saarinen. Each table profile follows a parametric grid based on the golden ratio and set in the location of a former reflecting pool. Produced in Columbus, Indiana by Noblitt Fabrication. This was the pilot installation for what developed into Exhibit Columbus.


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This site-specific installation consists of 100 unique aluminum-polished tables, installed in the courtyard of First Christian Church by architect Eliel Saarinen. Each table profile follows a parametric grid based on the golden ratio and set in the location of a former reflecting pool. Produced in Columbus, Indiana by Noblitt Fabrication. This was the pilot installation for what developed into Exhibit Columbus.

The Community Bench, an octagonal shaped, skate-able Bench in the exhibition with PlusDesign Gallery title U-Joints. Show in collaboration with Juventus and curated by Andrea Caputo and Anniina Koivu. The Compass Expansion Joint, the joint that holds the bench together, made its debut in Milan at the Salone Di Mobile with this skate-able bench configuration. Made in Columbus, IN by Noblitt Fabricating.


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In late May after I secured a storefront space in Columbus, Indiana, and was refining the idea of w/, Robert Pulley reached out to me about a potential collaboration. The timing felt perfectly aligned. I’m thrilled that he reached out.   I’ve informally known Robert Pulley for nearly four years though most of our interactions have been at events. It was a couple of years ago that he invited me out for a studio visit where I was able to peer into his world. Over the past few months, I have been able to take a deeper dive into who Bob is and what Bob does.  

It’s has been really exciting to review Bob’s ideas for construction and watch a master of clay realize my forms and the objects I designed. Bob mixes his own clay, builds everything by hand, and fires the work in his self-made kiln. There are three construction methods in this show: work made on Bob’s potter’s wheel, works cut out of slabs of clay that are then assembled, and forms constructed in a coiled method where Bob pinches clay one 3-inch layer at a time. All the work is air-dried, bisque-fired, then finally glazed-fired in a black copper finish. I’ve learned so much about his process and am grateful to Bob for opening up his beautiful life’s work w/ me.


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All images with courtesy of Jonathan Nesci

https://www.1stdibs.com/jonathan-nesci



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