Todd Merrill Studio

Rising - Niamh Barry

Niamh Barry Rising

Siamese Serpent - Pedro Friedeberg

Pedro Friedeberg Siamese Serpent

Vessels - Shari  Mendelson

Shari Mendelson Vessels Shari Mendelson makes handmade sculptures that are constructed from discarded plastic bottles and inspired by ancient vessels. Her interest lies in the balance between emulating the ancient objects that she loves and creating original sculptures.

Mendelson spends hours studying ancient artifacts across various museums, especially drawing inspiration from collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. While looking at these works, she considers what they were used for, the great civilizations that made them, and what the remaining objects from our time— primarily plastic waste— will communicate about us to future civilizations.

Back in her Brooklyn studio, Mendelson reinterprets these ancient pieces using discarded plastic water, soda, and juice bottles. Mendelson collects, cuts into pieces, and hot-glues or sews the plastic parts into new sculptures. The artist’s newest collection of handmade objects are layered, drippy, whimsical forms that serve as unique contemporary relics. At first glance, her work may resemble the glass or ceramic upon which it is modeled, yet upon closer inspection a logo, recycling stamp, or bottle expiration date reveals its actual material. Using recycled trash to make works that reference elegant objects of the past offers Mendelson a space to playfully explore the transformation of form and material while reflecting on issues of history and culture.

Mendelson’s vessels reside in various museums, including The Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum in New York, The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, and The Museum of Old and New Art. Mendelson’s newest sculpture commissioned by the RISD Museum entered its permanent collection in 2015.

True Lovis Love - Maximilian Magnus

Maximilian Magnus True Lovis Love

Exhibiting Artists

  • + Niamh Barry
  • Barron Claiborne
  • Sophie Coryndon
  • Amy Cushing
  • Marc Fish
  • + Pedro Friedeberg
  • + Molly Hatch
  • Charles Haupt
  • Jean-Luc Le Mounier
  • Gary Magakis
  • + Maximilian Magnus
  • Joanna Manousis
  • Knox Martin
  • + Shari Mendelson
  • + Shari Mendelson
  • John Procario
  • Yardsale Projects
  • Alex Roskin
  • Chris Rucker
  • Karl Springer Ltd.

Other Represented Artists


Since 2000, Todd Merrill Studio has been renowned for its glamorous and eclectic mix of twentieth-century design. As one of the first gallerists to realize the significance of post-war American studio design, Merrill has dramatically increased its popularity.

In 2009, shortly after Rizzoli published "Modern Americana: Studio Furniture from High Craft to High Glam" (2008), Merrill launched Studio Contemporary. This innovative program presents a diverse group of artists working today each sharing an underlying drive to push the materials that comprise their works to their absolute aesthetic limits. Their dynamic, unique, and frequently groundbreaking pieces contribute to today’s increasingly relevant grey space between art and design.


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