As Design Miami/, the global forum for design opens its Basel edition next week, I would like to devote my blog to a couple of important events and exhibitions in the world of design, all occur alongside Art Basel. Today, I want to look at the material brought by Carpenters Workshop Gallery and to tell its wonderful team, founders Julien Lombrail and Loic Le Gaillard, global Director Cedric Morriset, and the New York Director Ashlee Harrison how much I enjoy the always fresh, surprising objects they introduce. Since opening is first gallery in London’s Chelsea in 2006 in a former carpenter’s workshop, the gallery has been devoted to create, exhibit, and promote some of the best talents in the world of contemporary design. Now, participating in Design Miami for a ninth consecutive year, Carpenters Workshop Gallery showcases some of the best examples by the represented designers, of which I am particularly taken by three magical objects by Nacho Carbonell, Maarten Baas, and Vincent Dubourg. Table Cocoon 12 is another remarkable example in an ongoing series of sculpted plater lamps that Carbonell has created for the Gallery, and this time in pink, manifesting an intriguing balance between the industrial rough material and the soft color; Baas created the ‘Carapace Cupboard with Bar,’ as a part of a new series in patinated bronze crated in patches that evoke quilted textile; and finally, so great to see again Dubourg’s new work which is always fantastic and always surprising. His new piece ‘Bhanga Bronze Jaune’ is crafted of bronze in a limited edition of 8 + 4 Artist Proof.
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