PLACEText: Aron Morel
Where art meets design.
In the heart of Mayfair’s gallery center, the Carpenter Workshop vibrantly stands out amongst the traditional Mayfair galleries. The space, newly opened in March, diverges from the conventional art galleries of Albemarle Street and Cork Street focusing on works of art that “converge” with design.
Providing a unique series of limited edition pieces, each focusing on the galleries philosophy of “functional sculpture”, one cannot but question the narrowing spaces between design, art, and functionality.
The gallery not only brings a fresh and new vision of creativity to the traditional heart of London’s gallery center, but exposes the talent and careers within this field of design-art by incorporating celebrated post 1980’s designers such as Jurgen Bey, Ron Arad, Atelier van Lieshout with a new generation of innovative designers, such as Ingrid Donat, Tejo Remy, Robert Stadler, Charles Trevelyan.
Atelier Van Lieshout, Sensory Deprivation Skull – Chair
Working closely with some of their artists, the gallery helps provoke question of what constitute a work of art in relation to design. This is exemplified by pieces such as Atelier Van Lieshout’s, Sensory Deprivation Skull (pictured) further questioning what constitutes a functional sculpture.
Demakersvan‘s Cinderella Table looks at the possibility of making something unique with “an intelligent machine that is normally used for mass production”. The piece has become so favorable it has been picked up be art and design institutions such as the MoMA and Victoria and Albert Museum, confirming the narrowing barrier between Art and Design.
The Gallery retains a second “show room” space in London’s Chelsea, which can be viewed by appointment only.
Carpenter Workshop Mayfair
Open: 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed on Sunday)
Address: 3 Albemarle Street, London W1S 4HE
Tel: +44 (0)20 3051 5939
Text: Aron Morel
Photos: Courtesy of Carpenter Workshop