Paris' leading design gallery has quietly opened its doors in London's Mayfair. Galerie Kreo's new outpost is located on Hay Hill, in the heart of an art and design cluster, surrounded by Sprüth Magers, Carpenters Workshops Gallery and David Gill, among others.
'The opportunity to acquire this fantastic space presented itself to us not long ago, and we did not hesitate to take it,' explains Clémence Krzentowski, who (with partner Didier) founded the gallery in 1999, turning it into one of Paris' top proponents of collectible design. 'We are keeping the same editorial line for the London space, which is to remain a research laboratory for the designers, and present the best of contemporary creations from our designers.'
Like in Paris, the London outpost will present works from the likes of Pierre Charpin, Doshi Levien and Jasper Morrison, alongside a collection of vintage lighting and furniture. The space includes a street-facing area for exhibition displays, while a more intimate 'Salon' is located at the back of the gallery.
With a celebration for the opening planned for September, the London debut is for now a low-key affair, with a small edit of lighting pieces aptly titled 'A Light Introduction'. 'We believe the London scene is very international,' the Krzentowskis add, 'and it provides for us a wonderful platform to promote our designer's work.'