If you walk around either side of The Printing House, the well-loved West Village factory building dating from 1911 and overlooking James J. Walker Park, you will come to the gated entrance of a mews that runs parallel to Hudson Street, straight from one end of the building to the other.
Maison Gerard was recently asked to furnish part of a townhouse located in these beautiful mews, (which have been freshly refurbished inside and out by Andrew Kotchen of Workshop APD and Gunn Landscape Architecture). The gallery’s project was part of an exhibit, dubbed “Muse in the Mews,” that was curated by gallerist James Salomon of Salomon Contemporary. The show is the first in a series utilizing high end residential real estate as exhibition space for art.
Salomon hung the walls with work from an array of incredible artists including Richard Pasquarelli, Dylan Egan, and Judith Hudson.
Maison Gerard focused on the top floor and roof terrace of the townhouse, creating an indoor-outdoor space as keenly attentive to comfort as aesthetics. Amidst the warm glow of candles and soft presence of blooming plant-life, the gallery placed work ranging from art (ink drawings by Mark di Suvero and Yongjin Han) to classic décor (outdoor furniture by the likes of Knoll and Jean-Charles Moreux). There were even a few playful pieces, like a pair of colorful papier mâché crocodiles by the collective of contemporary Vietnamese artisans known as Atelier Saigon.
In short, the gallery turned the space into a welcoming escape, a plot of peaceful real estate a terrace above a mews should be.
Photographer Robert Levin, for whom the gallery held a show in 2016, shot the space for us last week—here's what he found.