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Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Our team recently enjoyed an inspiring private tour of the newly opened Carpenters Workshop Gallery in SOMA. It's located on the mezzanine of the Saint Joseph’s Arts Society – a new arts space housed in a 1913 Romanesque Revival building which was formerly Saint Joseph’s Church. This marks their second location in the States, joining New York, Paris, and London.

nacho carbonell: cocoon lamp series

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We were fortunate to catch the tail end of Nacho Carbonell’s incredible Cocoon Lamp Exhibit – organic forms sculpted out of industrial materials including metal mesh, smashed concrete and steel. He uses his own proprietary plaster to give the forms an ethereal, feminine quality.

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wendell castle: veiled in a dream

Wendell Castle is an American furniture designer who is often credited as the father of the "Art Furniture" movement. The current collection of his chairs fit perfectly in this category. Senior Designer Lynn is sitting in a limited edition bronze "Veiled in a Dream" chair which features a cantilevered seat.

"We are not interested in design"

Manifesto of Carpenters Workshop Gallery:

“Design per se is of no interest to us. Our energies are focused on a specific rare moment when design becomes art;  the inception of a new movement stepping into the debate of form versus function.”

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Above Left: Marble and glass cocktail table by Italian designer Vincenzo De Cotiis. De Cotiis designs and produces limited-edition pieces for architectural and interior projects, private homes and hotels across the globe. Highly collectable, the work is sold through his gallery in Milan and exhibited at leading global design fairs.

Above Right: Local San Francisco artist Johanna Grawunder creates statement acrylic LED light fixtures. She was the protégé of Ettore Sottsass, founder of the revolutionary 80’s design movement, Memphis Group. Her work can be found in the permanent collections of the SF MOMA, LACMA, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, and the Art Institute in Chicago.

You can visit Carpenters Workshop Gallery at 1401 Howard Street – By appointment only.

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