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Emmanuel Babled at Twenty First Gallery

Emmanuel Babled debuts Twenty First Gallery’s new domestic space, set in a New York Brownstone.

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Breaking from the ubiquitous white cubes that pack much of West Chelsea, Twenty First Gallery founder Renaud Vuaillat opts for the far more homey charm of a brownstone townhouse, just a block away. Debuting the new space this month, designer Emmanuel Babled makes his New York premie, on view till 10 June. Vuaillat showcases a selection of the Lisbon-based French designer’s limited edition tables, consoles and lamps. Spread across the sprawling main level, the solo show employs historic architectural features already in place. Process-based experiments of moulded glass spheres for the Digit series dot a built-in cabinet. Babled’s artisan apporach – pushing materials and processes to new limits – is evident in the now recognised Osmosi series – combining Venetian hand-blown glass, thick Carrara marble and 3D cutting technology. Biomorphic Quark tables follow a similiar methodology to reevaluate traditional Italian craftsmanship. More recent in the designer’s oeuvre, Stepp personifies black granite into human-like legs to play on the visual illusion of support. Etnastone is a table produced using Sicilian lava in different hues of enamelled glaze. A fitting introduction to the new gallery space, Babled’s collections further the treatment of domesticity.

Emmanuel Babled till 10 June
Twenty First Gallery: 458 West 22nd Street, New York
(by appointment)

Twenty First Century Gallery's new home-like space in New York
Twenty First Gallery's new home-like space in New York
Renaud Vuaillat in Twenty First Century Gallery's new home-like space in New York and Emmanuel Babled's Osmosi Furniture 5 console.
Renaud Vuaillat in Twenty First Gallery's new home-like space in New York and Emmanuel Babled's Osmosi Furniture 5 console.
Osmosi Furniture 5, Console, 2013
Osmosi Furniture 5, Console, 2013, Photo: Nicole Marnati
Osmosi Furniture 1, Side Table, 2013
Osmosi Furniture 1, Side Table, 2013
Osmosi, Vase 2 & 3, 2013
Osmosi, Vase 2 & 3, 2013
Osmosi Lamp, 2013
Osmosi Lamp, 2013
Digit, Chandelier, 2008
Digit, Chandelier, 2008
Digit Floor Lamp, 2008
Digit Floor Lamp, 2008
Quark Wenge Coffee Table, 6 elements , 2011
Quark Wenge Coffee Table, 6 elements , 2011
Quark Copper Coffee Table, 3 elements, 2014
Quark Copper Coffee Table, 3 elements, 2014
Etnastone Coffee Table, 2015, Photo: C.Lavatori
Etnastone Coffee Table, 2015, Photo: C.Lavatori
Stepp Table, 2016
Stepp Table, 2016
Stepp Table, 2016
Stepp Table, 2016
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