Tour de force: NYC’s best design galleries to visit
New York City is saturated with art, but it’s not just on the walls. The city’s design scene has never been stronger as a new generation of hip creatives (and not all in Brooklyn) cultivate their own taste in furniture, lighting and the well-crafted objects that turn a room into a visual sanctuary. While in the city, we recommend you stop by these galleries for inspiration and your next showpiece:
There has never been a better time to visit Atelier Courbet, which revamped its Nolita space in Spring 2016. The shop and gallery– located in an old carriage house– embrace a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ feel. Of note, the brand recently teamed up with lighting master Thierry Dreyfus to glowing reviews.
175 Mott Street, New York, NY 10012; For more information visit the Atelier Courbet website
Carpenters Workshop Gallery
With locations in London, Paris and New York City, Carpenters Workshop Gallery is in sync with the pulse of the design world and its most inspiring creators. From the ethereal resin furniture of Wonmin Park, to the dark humour of Maarten Baas, founders Loic Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail drive conversation with their impeccable taste. We cheered CWG’s entry into the American market, and its 5th Avenue space does not disappoint.
693 5th Ave, New York, NY 10022; For more information visit the CWG website
We knew Chamber was destined for great things when it launched with a collection by Studio Job. Founder Juan Garcia Mosqueda has dedicated the space to limited edition works you won’t find anywhere else. The gallery’s second ever yearlong collection in 2015 explored the human relationship to nature– proof positive this modern day design salon doesn’t shy away from theory, either.
515 W. 23rd Street, New York, NY 10011; For more information visit the Chamber website
Pictured: the exterior of Chamber’s Chelsea location
When Jean Lin’s space Colony first launched in 2014 we applauded its dedication to putting designers first. Not much has changed, and the Tribeca gallery, technically a co-op, is still winning over curious visitors and industry insiders alike with a mixture of furniture, textiles and objets d’art.
324 Canal St, New York, NY 10013; For more information visit the Colony website
Cristina Grajales is a force in the design industry. The dealer places a unique emphasis on education, and Grajales is as much a mentor to emerging talent as she is a tastemaker. In 2015, Grajales joined forces with Leon Tovar on a shared space showcasing Latin American designers, earning applause from lovers of the region’s modernists.
152 W 25th St, New York, NY 10001; For more information visit the Cristina Grajales website
Pictured: A corner of Cristina Grajales’ and Leon Tovar’s joint show
Espasso is a mecca for mid-century and contemporary Brazilian design, showcasing icons likes Carlos Motta and the Campana brothers. The proud legacy of Brazilian modernism is now inspiring a new generation. In fact, Espasso has expanded their Tribeca home and posted up in Miami.
38 N Moore St, New York, NY 10013; For more information visit the Espasso website
Marc Benda and Barry Friedman founded Friedman Benda in 2007 and have since gone on to highlight contemporary artists speaking truth with design. After renovating their Chelsea space in 2015, they’ve put on tight, artist-driven shows in the newly intimate arrangement– such as Adam Silverman’s ceramic show, which explores the language of dance. They’ve also reached back into their design DNA with a major Ettore Sottsass exhibition we’re still talking about.
515 West 26th Street; For more information visit the Friedman Benda website
The Future Perfect
The aptly named Future Perfect arrived on the design scene in 2003 with a mission to support local creatives. While at first ‘local’ meant Brooklyn, it’s expanded to encompass the worldwide community. The gallery champions an array of talent, from hometown heroes Workstead to Shanghai force neri&hu. After all, isn’t the future making the globe local?
55 Great Jones St, New York, NY 10012; For more information visit The Future Perfect’s website
Jamie Gray’s SoHo showroom and gallery has a refined aesthetic we’re happy to revisit over and over again. In 2008, Matter launched in-house label Matter Made and has since collaborated with the likes of Lindsey Adelman and Ana Kraš.
405 Broome St, New York, NY 10013; For more information visit Matter’s website
Patrick Parrish’s editorial sensibility shines through on his beloved blog Mondoblogo and the book collection you’ll encounter upon entering his Tribeca space. But his curatorial sensibility is just as strong, as he straddles the vintage and contemporary worlds with aplomb. And, for the budding collectors out there, Parrish highlights a number of affordable designs.
50 Lispenard St, New York, NY 10013; For more information visit the Patrick Parrish website
R & Company
R & Company cofounders Zesty Meyers and Evan Snyderman were once part of the same performance art group. They founded the gallery in 1997 and have since gone on to represent Wendell Castle and Renate Müller whose therapeutic jute toys they sell through their online store (like these adorable seals.) Most notably, they hosted The Haas Brothers’ first U.S. solo show and published a multipart monograph on the exhibition.
82 Franklin St, New York, NY 10013; For more information visit the R & Company website
Pictured: R & Company recently went dark for a showcase of Rogan Gregory’s biomorphic sculptures
Todd Merrill is always looking for the ‘wow’ piece, whether that’s vintage Americana before its time or a knit armchair collaboration with OLEK complete with yarn hashtags. Virtually, and at the Tribeca gallery, custom contemporary projects exist side-by-side with American classics like those of the late Vladimir Kagan.
80 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10013; For more information visit the Todd Merrill website
Twenty First Gallery
Twenty First Gallery founder Renaud Vuaillat started in antiques before pivoting toward the contemporary scene in the early 2000’s. Giving this evolution, it’s no wonder his Chelsea space feels timeless and exudes the warmth of a director that first built relationships at Paris’ Serpette flea market.
458 W 22nd St, New York, NY 10011; For more information visit the Twenty First Gallery website