November 3rd, 2016 New York, NY - Maison Gerard is thrilled to be participating at the Salon Art + Design Fair (booth A-11) in New York to take place from November 10th to the 14th. For their debut presentation the gallery will be creating a sensational exhibit featuring contemporary designers from Rome to Israel. “The artists we are showing love to push the envelope, and experiment with materials and mediums; their creativity is limitless,” praises, Benoist F. Drut.
Maison Gerard has commissioned several unique works for this fair, including a one-of-a-kind, oversized, mirror made of gray glass and sand that explores textural qualities by Fernando Mastrangelo. Another commissioned work will by the Israeli artist Ayala Serfaty, who has created a new Soma light installation titled Rama, which is made up of 7 independent sections, mounted to the ceiling, resulting in engaging cloud-like imagery. In addition, Matthew Solomon, who is known for his delicate nature-inspired works has taken his glazed porcelain pieces from the tabletop to the ceiling, debuting his first pendant.
A standout piece being unveiled is a rare 20th century gem designed by Maxime Old, circa 1970- 1971. At the center of the exhibition will be a suspended bar made of rosewood and anodized aluminum designed by Old for the Office of the Porte Autonome de Marseille on the rue Cognacq-Jay in Paris. This design looks as innovative today as it did when it was introduced forty-six years ago.
Select Highlights :
Egan produces forms with an emphasis on minimalism. She creates pieces that are at once sensual and beautiful using natural materials and classic design. In this new work she continues her exploration with solid marble.
In Mastrangelo’s piece, he displays his signature technique of casting natural materials. He re- contextualizes form and function to fuse sculpture and design in ways that no one else has done.
Knight is known for creating functionally and visually provocative silverware. He often takes traditional silversmith methods and partners them with modern techniques. His latest works explore historical and contemporary iconography through a series of decorative vessels. By combining the pristine stainless steel elements with the roughcast silver he aims to visually devalue the precious and concentrate the viewer on meaning rather than value. They carry on the tradition of commenting on society through a static vessel form, intimating function but offering little in reality.
STACKLAB is an award winning design practice focused on architecture, furniture and installations, and the intersection of these disciplines. Driven by relentless curiosity and an obsessive attention to detail, they explore innovative materials and techniques. Stacklab's projects are distinguished by their purposeful design, enduring quality and unusual beauty.
Serfaty has forged a unique path in the world of contemporary design, creating and crafting conceptual lights and furniture. Her work has been described by scholars as ‘multi-disciplinary,’ ‘a fusion of art, craft, and design,’ and ‘defusing the line between the natural and the abstract.’ Serfaty’s work has been shown in museums around the world and is in the permanent collections in several prestigious museums in the U.S. including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Achille Salvagni is known for his distinctive pieces and use of exquisite materials such as patinated bronze, solid oak, onyx and that special touch of touch of alchemy which he adds to make pieces that are relevant in the context of today's luxurious interiors. This new collection of Salvagni’s pieces emphasizes his refined, elegant style.
In the late 1990s, twentieth century decorative arts specialist Benoist F. Drut joined Maison Gerard as a partner. An innovator from the start, Benoist began broadening the gallery’s scope to include both Midcentury and contemporary design, cultivating a wide range of recognized and emerging artists alike—including Hervé van der Straeten, Ayala Serfaty, Achille Salvagni, Jean Girel, Marc Bankowsky, Matthew Solomon,
Carol Egan, Eric Astoul, Franck Chartrain, Miguel Cisterna, William T. Georgis, and Kiko Lopez.
Today, Maison Gerard exhibits a range of work from French Art Deco and antiques to contemporary lighting and ceramics with an emphasison authenticity, historical context, and expertise. The gallery occupies two storefronts at 43 & 53 E 10th St.