As opposed to presenting the works of one artist or designer, the galleries open up to collectively show pieces by a wealth of respected members of the industry. In Paris, pieces by Matheiu Lehanneur, the Campana brothers, Robert Stadler, Vincent Dubourg, Nendo, Rick Owens, Atelier van Lieshout and Stuart Hagarth.
Headquartered in Paris, London and New York, the Carpenters Workshop Gallery masters its subject: contemporary design. During the summer interlude, she presents the exhibition “Summer Show”: a panel of selected works, created by designers she represents. The cream of the 21st century.
A hanging of selected pieces, offering a refreshing dive in a design as sharp as current.
“Summer Show” at the Carpenters Worshop Gallery: focus on Vincenzo De Cotiis
Among the works of the Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis, is exposed the coffee table DC 1602 (2016). A coffee table in brass and black wood, with falsely wobbly tunes. As well as the wall lamp DC 1724 (2017); a lamp combining Murano glass and silver brass. As materials may not suggest, Vincenzo De Cotiis’ signature lies in his use of recovered materials. By taking care to reveal the signs of their age and past life (s). Valuing their perfection, in the almost Spinozist sense. That is to say in the sense of what exists as such, of what is finished, of what lacks nothing to be able to exist as it is. In doing so, Vincenzo De Cotiis creates pieces that are profoundly real, sometimes uncertain, but always palpable. For objects that persevere in their being, with their scratches.
“Summer Show” exhibition: to take stock of cutting-edge design of the 21st century
In another register, Humberto and Fernando Campana cultivate a playful and nicely irreverent design. With, for example, their stool covered with soft toys, Panda Stool (2005). There is almost Mike Kelley in this taste of colorful pop. Brazilian designers, the Campana Brothers embody the Favela Chic style. Either the exuberant alliance between recycling and foil. Much more minimalist: the work of Rick Owens. Californian designer Rick Owens cultivates black and white, with furniture that looks both monolithic and natural. Like the lamp Totem – Withe Marble and Concrete (2013), which, as its name suggests, combines white marble and concrete. As for the pieces of Austrian designer Robert Stadler, they often hold the middle, like a serious game, between minimalism and fun. Like Pools and Pouf!
Let’s say it’s more of an art exhibition.