This morning, I had the honor to host, at the course Collecting Design which I teach at the New York School of Interior Design the charismatic Renaud Vuaillat in a fascinating and animated discussion on collectible contemporary design made in France, and on the program that he has initiated at his Twenty First Gallery in Chelsea. Vualillat, who had begun his career as an antiques dealer at the Serpette flea market in Paris, specializing in 18th century decorative arts, had moved to dealing, promoting, and producing contemporary design around the year 2000, when the market was first emerged. He has founded Twenty First Gallery, located at his magnificent home ten years ago, representing artists and designers who create innovative, beautiful objects which he showcases in a home-like setting. Analyzing the work of four designers represented by the Gallery, Hubert le Gall; Anne and Vincent Corbiere; Emmanuel Babled; and Erwan Boulloud, we have found that these French designers created jewel-like, exquisite furniture of fantastic and energetic forms, that grow out of the love they have for superb craftsmanship, and the respect for the heritage and the history of French decorative arts. Thank you, Renaud Vuaillat, for making out morning so special.
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