Twenty First Gallery Is Moving to Tribeca

Twenty First Gallery, which specializes in contemporary furniture, is moving from W 22nd Street to Tribeca—specifically, to the former George Taylor Specialties/Melet Mercantile space at 76 Franklin. It’s hoping to be ready in the next month. Here’s more on the gallery from its website, along with photos of a handful of works:

Director and founder Renaud Vuaillat has had an enviable career encompassing twenty years of experience, which began at the Serpette flea market in Paris. Originally specializing in 18th century decorative arts, he instantly became the point person for a large part of the American market. In 1999, he opened an antiques gallery in the Saint-Germain district in Paris. A year later, energized by seeing Hubert Le Gall’s Pic Poisson pedestal table during a visit to the first Salon des Arts et Métiers at the Musée d’Afrique et Océanie, Vuaillat’s attention began to turn towards more contemporary work. By 2002, he had quietly created his own line, redesigning historically fashionable pieces into more modern sizes and materials. This fresh angle on his passion took him closer to the artistic process. In 2004, he moved to a new Left Bank store, where he showcased wares from living designers. New York quickly took notice, and he started to live between Manhattan and Paris, selling and consulting, until moving to the city in 2006, where he opened Twenty First Gallery. He also recruited Le Gall, who recalls, “I have known Renaud since I started out. At that point, I was his client. His tastes were eclectic, but sound. When he proposed to represent me in New York, I didn’t hesitate. His natural elegance, friendship and vision for contemporary work have proven to be a winning formula.” Vuaillat’s shift from last century to present day reflects not only his evolving taste and discerning eye for design and detail, but also a changing landscape. Today, his selection of artists and their work is notable for its acute sense of craftsmanship, beauty and functionality.

(The andirons, by Hubert Le Gall, are called “Adam and Eve.”)