Carpenters Workshop Gallery opens in Ladbroke Hall

The new west London location includes gallery space as well as a restaurant, a hidden garden and events spaces, and makes its debut with displays of works by David Adjaye and Jose Zanine Caldas

Exterior of Ladbroke Hall with brick facade and trees in blooms
Ladbroke Hall
(Image credit: Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery)

Ladbroke Hall is a new London space for design and creativity led by Carpenters Workshop Gallery, open since April 2023. Presented as ‘a new stage for creativity’, the location is an immersive destination for contemporary art, design, culture and food, serving as the gallery’s London flagship and including a restaurant by Vincenzo De Cotiis (opening June 2023), photographic studios, a hidden garden and an events space.  

Detail of Ladbroke Hall facade

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Four years in the making, the new location is set inside a 1903 Grade II-listed building, originally built as the headquarters of the Sunbeam Talbot Motor Company, restored with the help of British-Ghanaian architect David Adjaye and with contributions from friends of the gallery including Ingrid Donat, De Cotiis, Nacho Carbonell, Robert Stadler and Michèle Lamy and Rick Owens among others.

Ladbroke Hall is an opportunity for gallery founders Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail to branch out of the traditional gallery model into a new concept for displaying, creating and experiencing art and design. 

At over 43,000 sq ft, Ladbroke Hall ‘offers the scale to build a dynamic art ecosystem’, an announcement from the gallery explains. A space for the gallery’s friends and collaborators, the new building will also allow Le Gaillard and Lombrail to get involved with the local community through special engagement projects. 

Facade of Ladbroke Hall seen from above

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The restaurant has been entrusted to chef Emanuele Pollini, and will be designed by De Cotiis with a site-specific artwork by Christopher Le Brun. Elsewhere, Lamy and Owens were given free rein to create Lamyland, a patron bar and lounge that will offer an immersive experience into their creative world. 

Among the features announced so far are a private room by Donat and terrace by Stadler, with a 12,500 sq ft hidden garden landscaped by Luciano Giubbilei and a subterranean gallery and wine cellar by architect Nicolas Schuybroek. 

David Adjaye and Jose Zanine Caldas on view at Ladbroke Hall

Carpenters Workshop Gallery Ladbroke Hall with furniture by David Adjaye

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The gallery makes its debut with a display of new furniture by David Adjaye, and a selection of historical pieces by Brazilian modernist designer, architect and sculptor Jose Zanine Caldas (1919-2001). On the ground floor, Adjaye's Yaawa collection demonstrates the Ghanian-British architect's ongoing experiments in the Monoforms series of functional micro-structures. Made of bronze and inspired by Adjaye's own architectural practice, the collection comprises a chair, dining tables, coffee tables and consoles. 

Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Ladbroke Hall exhibition view

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The use of bronze, a note from the gallery reads, 'creates a new emphasis on the metal as a noble material with far-reaching African heritage, diverging from its usual narrative as a material of craft and weaponry.'

Each piece features a combination of casting techniques, and surface treatments that include oxidation, patination, and polishing to bring the material to new expressions.

Carpenters Workshop Gallery at Ladbroke Hall exhibition view

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Meanwhile, the display of Caldas' works occupying the first floor gallery marks Carpenters Workshop Gallery's historical design debut in the UK, and includes tables, chairs, and desks handmade in wood and recently restored in collaboration with master craftsmen. The works in the show include pieces made with canoe-building techniques and offer an insight into the Brazilian master's approach to furniture. 

The exhibitions will be on view until 10 June 2023

Carpenters Workshop Gallery Ladbroke Hall
79 Barlby Rd
London W10 6AZ

Rosa Bertoli was born in Udine, Italy, and now lives in London. Since 2014, she has been the Design Editor of Wallpaper*, where she oversees design content for the print and online editions, as well as special editorial projects. Through her role at Wallpaper*, she has written extensively about all areas of design. Rosa has been speaker and moderator for various design talks and conferences including London Craft Week, Maison & Objet, The Italian Cultural Institute (London), Clippings, Zaha Hadid Design, Kartell and Frieze Art Fair. Rosa has been on judging panels for the Chart Architecture Award, the Dutch Design Awards and the DesignGuild Marks. She has written for numerous English and Italian language publications, and worked as a content and communication consultant for fashion and design brands.