The Carpenters Workshop Gallery Paris has just launched its first exhibition of the New Year, ‘New Works.’ Running until 19th March, the exhibition will present a group show of newest works by artists and designers such as Nacho Carbonell, Ingrid Donat, Mathieu Lehanneur, Frederik Molenschot, Rick Owens and Wonmin Park.
With galleries across the globe, London, New York and Paris, Carpenters Workshop Gallery produces and exhibits functional sculptures by international rising and already established artists and designers going outside their traditional territories of expression. Two artists new to the gallery: Normal Studio and Giacomo Ravagli, will have pieces shown in this year’s first exhibition in dialogue with the existing alumni. The gallery is actively involved in the research and production of the limited edition works exhibited. All of the choices are guided by the research of an emotional, artistic and historical relevance; a relevance that appears as evidence.
The New Works exhibition will include a key creation by French designer Mathieu Lehanneur, titled, ‘Les Cordes’. The artist has designed a new edition of the work especially for the gallery, created from glass tubes and LED lights that cleverly resemble suspended rope. It offers a contemporary perspective on the chandelier. Going beyond the realms of furniture design, the artist is celebrated for his works that cover a whole spectrum, from brands including Veuve Clicquot, Audemars Piguet, to collaborations with Harvard University. His works are included in the permanent collections of the MoMA, New York and Centre Pompidou, Paris.
Pieces by Italian designer Giacomo Ravagli who himself says that he ‘gives rational shape to the irrational and irregular form’, will also be on display. The artist will present ‘Lamp Barometro’, which consists of composed copper and rare Italian marble. He creates the geometric lampshade out of copper, which contrasts with the organic yet angular shape of marble. The marble represents natural beauty, whilst the copper which will eventually patina, represents how beauty can fade.
Designers Ingrid Donat and Rick Owens will both showcase new bronze creations. ‘Cisco’, by Ingrid Donat is a sideboard in her signature style, whilst Rick Owens has created a fresh take on his ‘Plug Table’, juxtaposing bronze and plywood.
The gallery relies on the partnership of childhood friends, Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Galliard. They first opened a space in London’s Chelsea in 2006 in a former carpenter’s workshop; they then followed with a second space in Mayfair in 2008. The opening of a 600 square metre space in Paris in 2011 in the heart of Le Marais district, an address steeped in history as it was previously occupied by the Galerie de France for several decades, was a return to their roots.
Last year marked a major turning point for the gallery with the opening of Carpenters Workshop | Roissy, a unique 8,000 metre square space dedicated to artistic research and development, bringing together the elite of artisans, an homage to the French heritage of ‘Arts Décoratifs’.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery | New York is the latest step in the gallery’s remarkable development. This new space which opened in November 2015 confirmed the leadership and dominant position of the gallery in today’s international territory of art and design.
All prices for the pieces are available on request. For more information on the exhibition head to the Carpenters Workshop Gallery website.