There’s generally a divide – sometimes a fine line, sometimes a wide chasm – between the beautiful and the functional. Furniture is meant to be used, and sculptures are meant to be admired. Not so at Carpenters Workshop Gallery, where that divide is bridged by their creations of “functional sculptures.”
The originally London-based gallery has since expanded to additional locations in Paris and New York, suggesting just how well its works fit a niche. The three gallery spaces show works by just over thirty carefully curated designers, each of whom brings a distinct and unique perspective and style. From Vincent Dubourg’s organic-looking metalwork (featuring branches, trees, and even implications of decomposition) to Studio Drift’s light fixtures reminiscent of stars caught in the wind, there’s a bold willingness to cross the boundaries of convention and enter into a realm of deeply beautiful creativity.
Carpenters Workshop Gallery focuses on creating a space for artists to “[go] outside their traditional territories of expression.” Perhaps it’s this very focus on creativity, freedom, and pushing the boundaries of comfort that allows the artists to break through into creating the brilliant pieces that end up in the gallery.
Of course, with such brilliance, talent, and genius comes a price. As the saying goes, if you need to ask…
Fortunately, looking is free. All three galleries are open weekdays, the London and New York locations from 10-6 and the Paris location from 10-7.
London: 4 Albemarle Street, W1S 4GA London. +44 20 3051 5939
Paris: 54 Rue de la Verrerie, 75004, Paris. +331 42 78 80 92
New York: 693 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10222. (212) 829-0610
Note: The image above is the work of the incredibly talented and creative Studio Job, Automobile 2013.