Come Hither: A Pop-Up Gallery Beckons in the Heart of West Hollywood

A Mix of European and American Vintage Designs Make a Bold Statement at MASS Beverly’s Temporary Exhibition Space.

The gallery space at MASS Beverly is a must-see, but you’ll have to hurry.

MASS Beverly has opened the central space within its showrooms to create a temporary gallery devoted to sculptural furnishings with a sexy 1970s vibe. The exhibition is curated by showroom owner Mary Ta and artist Mattia Biaggi, the Italian transplant who now calls L.A. home. (You may have seen the West Hollywood home he shares with his wife, fashion designer Valerj Pobega, on Architectural Digest. And those of you who went to Salone del Mobile in 2018 may remember his surreal chair sculptures installed at Spazio Rossana Orlandi.) 

Together, Ta and Biaggi have developed the voluminous 3,000-square-foot space to host a rotating selection of works over the next few months. Artists and designers whose pieces will be featured include Dutch sculptor Mathieu Nab, Mark Schrenko of Statement Design, American crafts legend Wendell Castle, Italian architect Angelo Mangiarotti, more from Biaggi, and several curiosities by unknown artists.

But you’ve only got until June to visit. 

This summer, it’s farewell to everything as the MASS Art & Living and MASS Beverly Outdoors showrooms prepare for demolition.  A new 3-story building will replace them to house the MASS brand—a singular design mecca—so lovingly crafted by Ta and her husband, Lars Oliver Hypko.  

From left to right: A hanging sculpture by Mauro Mori; a vintage taxidermy bison head; a vintage Pierre Cardin console; Wendell Castle’s fiberglass Molar sofa; a vintage modular wall-storage system; a glass and steel chandelier by Angelo Mangiarotti.

The central space features a marble table by Mattia Biaggi and the Pont Neuf bench by Mathieu Nab, on which is a marble vase by Mori. On the walls are three white plexiglass panels (a fourth is out of view) by an unknown artist. Through the doorway is a peek at the main showroom.

The long view of the exhibition space, looking toward Beverly Boulevard.

A pair of monumental carved-wood Easter Island sculptures by an unknown artist.

A closer look at Castle’s sofa and the modular wall system—a perfect combo in their glossy black finishes.

Mori’s white-painted wood hanging sculpture, titled Vieria’s.

Placed against the wall are four towering plastic sculptures from the 1970s. They are about 10 ½-feet tall. The oak and black-leather chairs are by Mangiarotti.

In the front window, Ta and Biaggi paired Atelier Biagetti’s limited edition Privé chandelier and Nab’s wood sculpture Circulo Sensi.

A few from the showroom into the gallery space. At left is Mark Schrenko’s fiberglass chaise, fittingly titled Lefty.

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