Carpenters Workshop Gallery
Carpenters Workshop Gallery extends the boundaries of design by uniting and transcending the contested categories of conceptual/functional and design/art in thought-provoking exhibitions.The gallery presents established artists such as Marc Quinn, Atelier van Lieshout, Studio Job, Wendell Castle, Maarten Baas, Ingrid Donat and encourages the talent of an up-and-coming generation: Sebastian Brajkovic, Robert Stadler, Pablo Reinoso, Demakersvan and Vincent Dubourg.The gallery's focus is to promote and foster the careers of contemporary designers through exhibiting unique and limited-edition works in solo and group exhibitions and at international art and design fairs. It also aims to expose the public to the latest design aesthetic, enriching and enlightening the contemporary design landscape and discourse.
The Carpenters Workshop Gallery started life in an old gasworks factory in Chelsea, London. Originally a carpenter’s workshop, it was revitalised to provide an ideal environment for showcasing bold contemporary conceptual design. The space is an interesting dichotomy, being both a perfect white-box gallery, and an edgy industrial environment which includes the original factory features. In 2008, the gallery opened its second space in Mayfair, where its owners have brought their cutting-edge aesthetic and youthful dynamism to historic Albemarle Street.
Julien Lombrail and Loïc Le Gaillard, two young French entrepreneurs, opened the gallery in 2004 and since then have created a unique platform for art and design collectors to experience works by some of the boldest and most interesting designers practising today. Both partners have a legacy in art: Julien is the son of the designer and artist Ingrid Donat and Loic was brought up within the white walls of his father’s gallery in Paris. The Carpenters Workshop Gallery aims to be the destination in London for cutting-edge contemporary design.