From Functional Art to Collectible Design, today Carpenters Workshop Gallery produces and exhibits functional art by international artists or designers, both rising and established, going outside their traditional territories of expression. Actively involved in the research and production of limited edition works, the gallery’s choices are guided by seeking an emotional, artistic and historical relevance; a relevance that must appear evident.
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.
There was a gap in the market for a brand new category of art / design:
“HAUT ARTISANAT SAVOIR FAIRE”
Collectible design meets the expectations of a select clientele who seek beautifully crafted and designed functional pieces. We found inspiration in the couture models of vertical integration – creation, production, and retail.
The gallery relies on the partnership of friends Loïc Le Gaillard & Julien Lombrail.
We founded our first gallery space in an old carpenter’s workshop in Chelsea. Initially selling paintings, we soon realised that this was a crowded market and needed to find our “thing”. Seeing the way that functional objects – a chair, a table, a lamp – could equally evoke a strong emotional response, we soon knew we had found our ‘raison d’être’, the gap in the market that we fit into.
After being turned down by a major international art fair, we decided to create our own design fair, now the hugely successful and internationally renowned PAD London. This same year we had our first ‘group show’ – a style that continues to define the gallery’s exhibition programme…
At this time, WE also opened our first Mayfair location, just around the corner from PAD, firmly rooting ourselves in the Mayfair gallery scene.
Following several years of success in London, CWG opened its doors in Paris’ Marais District, in the old Galerie de France – one of the most prominent post-war galleries in Paris.
We participated in the Biennale des Antiquaires – permitted thanks to our spirit and commitment to production methods true to 18th century techniques. Group exhibitions included Wendell Castle, Ingrid Donat, Marc Newson, Drift, Random International
We expanded our global reach to New York, opening a gallery space on Fifth Avenue. Seeking to ‘break America’, we saw that there was huge potential to reach out to a more mature market with a wealth of collectors. 40% of our business now comes from America, confirming that the market was ready for collectible design. We also participated in over 15 fairs this year.
We celebrated 10 years of spearheading the world of collectible design. This year saw the opening of our own workshop space in Roissy: 8000 sqaure meters devoted to true craftsmanship and creativity, artistic research and development. A place where elite artisans come together in homage to the French ‘Arts Décoratifs’.
Following the growth of an engaged collector base on the East Coast, we launched our fourth permanent location in San Francisco in October 2018. Housed in Saint Joseph’s Church, an ornate Romanesque Revival building. The unconventional architecture of the gallery space initiates a unique dialogue with the works displayed there.
In 2019 Carpenters Workshop Gallery, in partnership with the Lombard Odier Group, were proud to present DYSFUNCTIONAL at Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’d’Oro on the Grand Canal during Biennale Arte 2019.