Take a look at Carpenters Workshop Gallery and find out their magnificent work. From Functional Art to Collectible Design, it produces and exhibits peculiar art pieces created by international artists or designers. Regardless of whether they are emerging or established designers, the main objective here is to take them out of their comfort zone and introduce them into an environment of creativity and free expression. The Gallery’s choices when it comes to research and produces limited edition works are guided by pursuing not only an artistic and historical relevance but an emotional link too. “We focused our energy on that rare moment where design becomes art, creating and exhibiting sculptural objects that provoke an emotional response. We realised there was a market for art collectors when we saw that the quality of the furniture in their houses did not match the art on their walls.” – Loïc Le Gaillard & Julien Lombrail.
(c) Maarten Baas – Real-time XL, The Artist at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Let’s know more about this brand new category of art/ design:
“Haut artisanat savoir faire” starts when collectable design meets the expectations of a highly select clientele who seek design functional pieces beautifully crafted. The Carpenters Workshop found inspiration in the processes of creation, production, and retail. In 2006, Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail founded their first gallery space in an old carpenter’s workshop in Chelsea. They started selling paintings but shortly realised that this was a crowded market. This was when they felt the need of finding their own place. Soon they find their “raison d’être”, the perfect gap in the market that was an excellent fit for them. They realise the way how functional objects, such as a lamp, a table or a chair, could bring forth a powerful emotional response from the market.
(c) Andrea Branzi – Tree 9 at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
(c) Campana Brothers – Pirarucu Armchairs, Sereia at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
After being a success in London, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery expanded to Paris. The opening of a 600 m2 space in the heart of Le Marais district is a step right into France’s History as it is located in the old Galerie de France. One of the most important post-war galleries in Paris. This was definitely a return to their roots. 2016, was the year that CWG celebrated 10 years of success prompting the world inestimable and collectable design. It marks as well a major turning point for CWG with a new opening their workshop space in Roissy, France. An 8,000 m2 space, dedicated to artistic research and development, true craftsmanship and creativity. Globally unique, this project brings together an elite of artisans in a tribute to the French ‘Arts Décoratifs’. At the moment, CWG has spaces in London, Paris, New York and San Francisco supporting talented artists to realise their most intrepid creations.
(c) Atelier Van Lieshout – Arianne at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
(c) Atelier Van Lieshout – Reclining Figure at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
The Carpenters Workshop Gallery Manifesto
“We are not interested in design.” is the first statement of this manifesto written by Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail. The duo is totally focused on a very specific moment: when design becomes art. The rise up of a new movement: form vs function. Lingering with the idea of being completely true to themselves and always obeying their organic being, the CWG is totally addicted to the creative process. “We surrender ourselves to our yearning for poetry and emotion, which guide us in our artistic choices.” – stated Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail. The CWG has a place beyond markets and trends, Gaillard and Lombrail are always seeking for being seduced by every new piece. This is their ultimate truth. They select what for them is the best works from artists they qualify as icons of their era. Constantly improving and rethinking their “ecosystem”, the Carpenters Workshop Roissy was made as a solid and fertile ground for creation and mastery of craftsmanship.
(c) Nacho Carbonell – Floor lamp, Concrete Base 12 at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
(c) Kendell Geers – Leviathan Stool at Carpenters Workshop Gallery
The Carpenters Workshop Roissy
The Workshop is located in Mitry-Mory, Paris. It was launched in 2016 aiming to essay artists the chance to experience and develop the capacity of innovative techniques with some of the world’s greater artisans. From mastering wax, metal and patina to parchment, wood and upholstery. The artisans are high skilled technicians capable of researching and executing the most complex of projects. The craftsperson has a very specific and important role in the production of CWG pieces. The curiosity for testing new materials, processes and techniques is the main ambition for CWG. The most important thing for the Workshop is to help them to discover new methods, or find the competence to execute their visions.
(c) The Workshop Roissy
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