Carpenters Workshop Gallery has set up its fourth permanent location, this time inside a former church on the US West Coast. The San Francisco branch of the art gallery occupies a 9,000-square-foot mezzanine at Saint Joseph’s Arts Society – a national historic monument built in 1913.
New York architect and interior designer Ken Fulk has been restoring the ornate of this Romanesque Revival building over the past three years.
Now, the building has a goal to promote and establish artists from all over the world, as emerging stars shall be presented at this creative incubator.
White surfaces and decorative metallic flourishes throughout the space provide a backdrop for Carpenters’ range of experimental collectible design.
From exclusive furniture to sculpture, the space has been filled with stunning design pieces and art through a wide range of styles and presentations.
A rapidly growing client base in the US, sparked by the opening of a New York gallery in 2015, provoked founders Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard to look to a second American city for expansion.
San Francisco has a growing and vibrant community of art lovers and a magnificent design landscape yet to be explored.
The outpost opened to the public 1 October 2018 with an exhibition that brings together some of the gallery’s longstanding collaborators.
Tree-like lighting by Nacho Carbonell and sculptural furniture by Atelier Van Lieshout is displayed alongside works by Maarten Baas, Sebastian Brajkovic, Wendell Castle, Vincenzo De Cotiis, Mathieu Lehanneur, and Studio Job.
Recent exhibitions across Carpenters’ outposts have included solo showcases of de Cotiis’ fiberglass and metal furniture in London and New York, and a presentation of skeletal-looking furniture and monolithic marble benches by Charles Trevelyan also in the Big Apple. Carpenters plans to hold biannual exhibitions at the space in San Francisco dedicated to a single artist or designer, along with rotating group shows.