Carpenters Workshop Gallery, which showcases work by leading contemporary designers such as Studio Job and Robert Stadler, has opened a location in New York to strengthen its presence in the American market.
Founded in 2006 by childhood friends Julien Lombrail and Loïc Le Gaillard, Carpenters Workshop sells functional sculptures – or art furniture – by contemporary artists and designers, both emerging and established. The company has two galleries in London and one in Paris, along with a research centre in Roissy, a Parisian suburb.
It regularly exhibits at American fairs such as Design Miami and The Salon Art + Design. The new permanent gallery in Manhattan will aim to further bolster its reach into North and South America.
“Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s new space will enable it to reinforce the reputation of its artists and designers in the USA and South America, and strengthen its relations with its American collectors,” said the company in a statement.
“It has long been an ambition of ours to ‘break America’, as they say in rock and roll, and after London and Paris it was the natural next stop,” Le Gaillard told Dezeen. “The US holds a lot of possibilities for us and is definitely the right direction for our evolution and growth. It is a mature market where collectors are real design connoisseurs with good taste.”
“One thing that really affirmed our decision was the fact that 40 percent of our business now comes from the US,” he added. “It will give us a great opportunity to share our artists’ works in new markets and meet new people.”
The gallery already represents US designers such as Wendell Castle, a leading figure in the American art furniture movement, and Johanna Grawunder, a designer known for her avant-garde lighting and furniture pieces.
“We will look to discover more about the incredible local talent pool that has come to the surface over the last two years,” said Le Gaillard. “The gallery will become a meeting point between the London, Paris and New York.”
The gallery is located inside Manhattan’s landmark Takashimaya Building, which recently underwent a renovation by architect David Chipperfield.The slender tower, completed in 1993, was designed by John Burgee with Philip Johnson for the Japanese retailer Takashimaya, which moved out in 2010.
Located on Fifth Avenue in Midtown, the building is just blocks away from the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) and Christie’s auction house.
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