Daring Design: Carpenter's Workshop Gallery
I stumbled into the Carpenters Workshop Gallery in NYC quite accidentally...
A friend said we were popping into a cocktail to hear the Carpenter Violin Trio perform so when we walked in and saw nothing but beautifully designed furniture and decor pieces, I was confused. Well, apparently, so was my friend who got his "Carpenters" cocktail parties mixed up. LOL! I truly believe, however, that everything happens for a reason as I might not have known about it otherwise!
Founded by childhood friends, Julien Lombrail & Loic Le Gaillard, the gallery first opened in London’s Chelsea in 2006 in, literally, a former carpenter’s workshop. They then followed with a second space in Mayfair in 2008 and, three years later in 2011, a small space in the heart of Le Marais district of Paris. After a few more years and with a keen interest in not only selling, but also supporting the artists they represent, Lombrail and Loic then opened a massive 8600 sq. ft. space in the Roissy area of France, dedicated to artistic research and development. Together, they united these elite artisans and pay homage to the heritage of French ‘Arts Décoratifs’.
Last but not least, Carpenters Gallery Workshop in NYC, located at the top of the former Takashimaya building, is their latest development. It was there that I discovered the artists Ingrid Donat, Vincent Dubourg and Studio Job.
I was immediately mesmerized by the Ingrid Donat table, made of walnut with bronze inlay both on the top of the table and hidden in the base underneath. The top has a tribal aesthetic while the base has a gold Klimt-like motif. I soon learned that Donat is inspired by exactly this; art deco, tribal "tattooing" and the work of both Gustav Klimt and Armand-Albert Rateau. Her work is detailed, intricate and utterly gorgeous.
The Vincent Dubourg bronze console next caught my eye. Looking like someone blew it up, Dubourg's sculptural furniture creates an illusion of distortion and, at the same time, a sense of motion. He seamlessly combines the art of glass blowing, wood-bending and metal-casting to bring his unique designs to life.
Then there is Studio Job who pieces are simply FUN. Created by Dutch design duo, Job Smeets and Nynke Tynagel in 2000, items like the "Banana lamp", the "Taj Mahal Table II" and the "Sex Cake" all put a smile on my face. Their works can be found in more than forty museums around the world and they were recently proclaimed one of the most influential design teams by the Financial Times. I guess I'm not the only one smiling!