Jewellery as a collectible art form

The Carpenters Workshop Gallery collaborates with artists to present exclusive jewels that blur the lines between art and design. 

Silk Wing Bracelet by Ute Decker for Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Childhood friends Loïc Le Gaillard and Julien Lombrail, are the co-founders of  Carpenters Workshop Gallery, a space where functional objects  such as a chair, a table, a lamp or a jewel are made by renowned or emerging international artists and designers whom they challenge to step out of their boundaries and craft limited series exclusively for the gallery. 

Le Gaillard & Lombrail's website states: “ We focus our energy on that rare moment where design becomes art, creating and exhibiting sculptural objects that provoke an emotional response. Collectible design meets the expectations of a select clientele who seek beautifully crafted functional pieces. We found inspiration in the couture models of vertical integration – creation, production, and retail“.

Actively involved in the research and production process of the collections, the gallery has been collaborating with artists to create home wear and furniture since 2006. Initially based in an old carpenter’s workshop in Chelsea, London, the firm then expanded to galleries in New York and Los Angeles. Initially the duo dealt in paintings but soon realised that it was an overcrowded sector of the art market.  Le Gaillard & Lombrail found their 'raison d'être in curating objects that sit between art and design. In 2019, they initiated a programme to apply a similar philosophy to the world of jewellery, brainstorming with artists like Rashid Johnson, Cindy Sherman or Aki+Arnaud Cooren. 

The duo are currently refurbishing a space in Notting Hill, opening in Spring 2023, that will be both a hub for London artists as well as the home of great functional art and collectible design in West London.

Here is our selection of twelve jewels we think would make an ideal gift for those who love both jewels and art. 

 

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