Maison Gerard is delighted to invite you to visit yet another beautiful apartment at 40 East End Avenue.
A lucky few caught a glimpse of our display in the penthouse before it sold; after our work on the maisonette, we can say proudly that we know this perfectly-situated building (a Lightstone project under the direction of architect Deborah Berke) from head to toe.
The maisonette is an incredible three story space that gives visitors perhaps the truest understanding of the kind of simple, no-nonsense, contemporary luxury that 40EE embodies. With it, we traded floor-to-ceiling windows for a street level entrance, sweeping views for airier rooms — in short, a penthouse for a quieter, grander apartment (with a jewel of a back patio to boot).
Maison Gerard’s Benoist F. Drut wasted no time in engineering an eclectic presentation. Naturally, the likes of Miguel Cisterna, Kiko Lopez, and Michel Salerno are prominently represented, as are some newly acquired, prized works by Jacques Adnet & Jacques Blin.
But central to the project is Guillerme et Chambron, the midcentury duo who did as much as anyone to sculpt the era’s aesthetic, producing a vast oeuvre of furnishings and lighting for the chic monied classes of liberated France.
After the war (by which they were thrust together), Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron went into business. Putting their design and cabinet-making skill-sets to novel use, they produced a variety of large-scale commissions, each piece of which a wonder for its capacity to emphasize function without sacrificing the slightest shred of elegance; and all of it possessing a wonderful, playful quality that seems a practical rebuke to the suffering from which France had emerged in the late 1940s.
In the pictures below you will find an assortment of their ingenious creations — tables with interchangeable tiles, a radiator cover doubling as a seat, a bar cabinet that rests flush against the wall when not in use — all of it consummately chic, its sunny, charming aesthetic as distinct as its undeniable ingenuity. The work, largely refinished and much of it re-upholstered in Dedar fabric, fills the maisonette with a kind of light all its own, and, we think, fits it to a T.
Please enjoy a look through the photographs of the presentation below (taken by the gallery’s great friend Michael Mundy), and don't hesitate to reach out with any inquiries.
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