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In 2006, friends Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard decided to open their first gallery in Chelsea, London. In a former life, the space they selected had served as a woodworker’s studio. The project Julien and Loic founded was thus named the Carpenters Workshop Gallery. Their aspiration: to collaborate with rising and established international artists from diverse backgrounds of creative expression on the creation and exhibition of sculptures that combine art and design, form and function.

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Their first gallery was swiftly joined by a companion space in London’s Mayfair. Following their success in the British capital, in 2011 Julien and Loic turned their gaze homeward by opening a gallery in the Le Marais district of Paris, France, a space that had been vacated after several decades of residency by the Gallerie de France.

2015 was a significant year for the Gallery, as the friends opened a further two spaces: a gallery in New York, and a dedicated 8000 m2 workshop in Roissy, France. The latter space represents the first time any gallery had united premier artisans in a space dedicated to researching and developing expressive, collectable design.

The Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s newest space opened in 2018 in San Francisco, California. The gallery is situated on the mezzanine of what used to be Saint Joseph’s Church, a space restored and transformed into the Saint Joseph’s Arts Society by owner and design impresario Ken Fulk.

Since its founding in 2006, the Gallery has actively collaborated with many renowned artists and rising stars on numerous limited-edition designs. These creations are produced in line with the principles of emotional, artistic and historical relevance. 

Recent exhibitors include Karl Lagerfeld, whose Architectures collection featured a series of functional marble sculptures inspired by antiquity and the golden ratio to reflect the origin of beauty, culture and modernity. Meanwhile, Vincent Dubourg’s Vortex exhibition celebrated materiality, craftsmanship and deconstructionism through works that established communion between sculpture and design. And, in her Origins show, Ingrid Donat explored her roots on La Réunion island in a series of pieces inspired by tribal and Art Deco trends.

At Galleria Giorgio Franchetti alla Ca’ d’Oro Palazzo, the DYSFUNCTIONAL exhibition will exemplify the Carpenters Workshop Gallery’s tradition of exploring the relationships between art, architecture and design through craftsmanship and emotional expression.

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