With the start of the New Year comes an inescapable sense of fresh-found purpose and drive. And so to Paris, where Carpenters Workshop Gallery has unveiled its first exhibition of the year, coinciding with the latest edition of Maison et Objet. The group showcase features new works by the likes of Andrea Branzi, Nacho Carbonell, Mathieu Lehanneur, Rick Owens and Wonmin Park, alongside pieces by two artists recently added to the gallery's stable, Normal Studio and Giacomo Ravagli.
French designer Lehanneur has created a new edition of his seminal ‘Les Cordes’ work, looping glass tubes and LED lights as they though were rope. Amsterdam-based designer Frederik Molenschot’s biomorphic ‘Cosmos’ table lamps were among the standout pieces of the show, their playful black forms impossible to miss.
Metal came in all shapes and form. Charles Trevelyan’s curious ‘Askance’ floor lamp in patinated bronze teetered on its spindly legs; newcomer Ravagli’s geometric lamp comprised an angular copper shade atop a base of rare Italian marble; Ingrid Donat presented a bronze sideboard in her signature style; while Owens continued his foray into furniture, breathing new life into his 'Plug Table' – a striking medley of bronze and plywood.
Elsewhere, Park reined in his palette with a white, grey and navy addition to his resin ‘Haze’ series, offering a rare dose of colour among the mainly muted works, such as Vincent Dubourg’s primordial aluminium table. The gallery’s show of new works is just the injection of renewed optimism we were looking for.