frenchCALIFORNIA presents Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume for their First New York Exhibition of Collectible Design and Art at Steinway Hall’s Historic Landmark Penthouse.
Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume, takes visitors on a journey throughout history showcasing rare selection of pieces from Brazil, France, Italy and Lebanon. Founded in 2013 by Nancy Gabriel & Guillaume Excoffier, Gabriel et Guillaume is exhibiting for the first time in New York its selection of rare pieces. In the Landmark Penthouse, which sits atop Steinway Hall, a historical building that was originally designed by Warren & Wetmore, the firm responsible for some of Manhattan’s most celebrated buildings including Grand Central Terminal.
Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume is staying true to its spirit of eclecticism, showing among other things a unique Gio Ponti library from the late 1930s, a rare collection of pieces from Brazilian master José Zanine Caldas, an early sofa by Zaha Hadid from the late 1980s, or a selection of pieces from French star designer Garouste & Bonetti and Martin Szekely, edited by pioneer 1980s Edition Neotu. As you go through the amazing 5,269 sq. ft duplex, you will discover other collectible pieces by Gabriella Crespi, Gino Sarfatti, Ico Parisi or Ettore Sottsass, mixed with Gabriel et Guillaume exclusive commissions of contemporary designs by leading Lebanese designers Ranya Sarakbi & Niko Koronis, MariaGroup + spockdesign, and George Mohasseb. In collaboration with Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume, Valérie Cueto Art Advisory will curate a collection of paintings, photographs and sculptures from the likes of Hans Hartung, Jean-Michel Othoniel, Johan Creten or Robert Mapplethorpe. In addition, Nimerology, a luxury homeware label founded by Nour Al Nimer, presents the second edition of ‘I Left my Heart in Mexico’ collection exclusively for Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume.
“For our first exhibition in New York City, right after our participation at the Salon Art + Design fair, we couldn’t have dreamt of a better place than the gorgeous Landmark Penthouse, whose architecture evokes at the same time a French hotel particulier and a roaring twenties glamorous home. The magic of its architecture is the perfect background to mix gracefully our collection of Brazilian modernist furniture, with Italian and French mid-century modern, and unexpected 1980s masterpieces,” – Gabriel et Guillaume
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Photographer Robert Granoff
The exhibit is now open and available for view by appointment.
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Landmark Penthouse – Steinway Hall
JDS Development Group, Property Markets Group and Spruce Capital Partners announced the reveal of the first New York exhibition of collectible midcentury and contemporary design at 111 West 57th Street. The exhibit is located within the Landmark Penthouse which sits atop Steinway Hall, a historical building that was originally designed by Warren & Wetmore, the firm responsible for some of Manhattan’s most celebrated buildings including Grand Central Terminal. As part of 111 West 57th Street, Steinway Hall has been comprehensively reimaged by SHoP Architects and Studio Sofield to create a limited collection of sprawling, light-filled, pre-war residences that honor the heritage and integrity of one of Midtown’s most cherished landmarks. It sits alongside the second tallest residential building in the Western Hemisphere, which recently topped out at 1,428 feet.
The Landmark Penthouse is a 5,269 sq. ft duplex residence designed for gracious living and entertaining on a grand scale. It features dramatic architectural flourishes, a spectacular great room with a vaulted ceiling, grand upper-level master suite and extensive private terraces on both floors. This three-bedroom, four-and-a-half-bathroom residence is priced at $21,000,000.
“The Landmark Penthouse is a one-of-a-kind residence that perfectly highlights the thoughtful restoration of the pre-war Steinway Hall at 111 West 57th Street. Every aspect of the home has been meticulously composed to showcase the luxurious finishes, gracious layouts, and extraordinary history and provenance of this cherished New York City landmark,” said Amy Williamson, Director of Sales at 111 West 57th Street. “frenchCALIFORNIA and Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume’s exhibit, bring the most incredible furniture and decorative art pieces, both old and new, into the Landmark Penthouse to truly complement the space.”
The penthouse atop Steinway Hall was originally built in 1924 as a home for Frederick T. Steinway and his wife. The couple never lived in the space after zoning laws stipulated it had to be used for commercial purposes. Steinway then decided to make it a radio broadcasting studio for William Paley’s fledgling Columbia Broadcast System, allowing CBS to broadcast concerts from the building’s recital hall. In the 1940s, the penthouse became home to Harris ‘Harry’ Smith Studios, one of the city’s oldest recording studios where jazz legends such as Charlie Parker and Miles Davis recorded. Over the years the studio recorded many other of the world’s greatest vocalists, including Barbra Streisand’s only recording at age 13 in 1955.
“At frenchCALIFORNIA we were thrilled at the opportunity to ignite the spirit of this historic space by connecting it with the great possibilities of modern life in New York. In partnering with Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume we sought to thread incredible museum quality pieces with contemporary designs that would excite the imaginations of the most discerning buyers. We feel the result of this marriage is a landmark reborn at 111 West 57th Street,” – frenchCALIFORNIA.
Studio Sofield was founded in 1996 with the expressed goal of integrating multiple design disciplines. The Studio’s expertise is applied to a range of services, from residential and environmental design to retail, corporate and hospitality assignments. In every project, beautiful and functional solutions emerge from an artistic concept that is balanced by an unfailing sensitivity to the client’s needs and tastes. In all Studio Sofield employs over 35 designers, with experience in disciplines ranging from architecture, engineering and industrial design to interior, graphic and landscape design. Studio’s clients are as varied as Brice and Helen Marden, Tom Ford, Harry Winston, Belstaff, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, YSL, Coach, Violet Grey, The SoHo Grand Hotel, David Barton Gyms, Kohler Interiors, The Brodsky Organization, Icon Realty Management, Property Management Group and JDS Development Group.
SHoP Architects is an award-winning architecture firm with a staff of over 180 talented architects, designers and engineers. Since its foundation, SHoP has modeled a new way forward with its unconventional approach to creating built solutions at every scale. At the heart of the firm’s method is a willingness to question accepted patterns of practice, coupled with the courage to expand, where necessary, beyond the architect’s traditional roles. Recent and current work includes the Barclays Center arena and the Domino Sugar Refinery master plan in Brooklyn, the Uber Headquarters in San Francisco, Fulbright University Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City, and the Botswana Innovation Hub in Gaborone.
JDS DEVELOPMENT GROUP
JDS Development Group is a team of innovators and builders pioneering progressive new forms of large-scale urban development that challenge the status quo of the real estate industry. Founded in 2002 and headquartered in New York, JDS is a national firm focused on acquisition, development, and construction, recognized for its architecturally significant mixed-use projects that respond to each community and push the boundaries of engineering and design. JDS projects include 111 West 57th Street, American Copper Buildings, 9 DeKalb, Walker Tower, Monad Terrace and other award-winning collaborations with the world’s top architects and designers. Construction of 111 West 57th Street is being managed by JDS Construction Group.
PROPERTY MARKETS GROUP (PMG)
Property Markets Group (PMG) was founded by Kevin Maloney in 1991 and is a premier real estate investment, development and general construction firm. The company is headquartered in New York with offices in Miami and Chicago. PMG is one of the few remaining full-service, large-scale development companies with staff capable of maneuvering all facets of the development process. With direct hands-on experience in the acquisition, renovation, financing, operation and marketing of commercial and residential real estate, PMG has completed 85 residential buildings in New York, Florida, and Chicago, and over 150 real estate projects throughout the United States. During its 27-year history, PMG has developed projects across all asset types and distinguished itself by focusing on premier luxury residential properties. Consistently enhancing the luxury experience, PMG is notable for meticulously-designed projects such as Walker Tower, Stella Tower, The Belnord, The Briarcliffe, The Kingsley, Mei Miami Beach and most recently, Echo Aventura, and Echo Brickell in the heart of Miami’s financial district. Currently, PMG is in various stages of developing over 5 million square feet of residential property, including 10 Sullivan, Queens Plaza South, Muse Residences, 111 Leroy Street, 548 West 22nd St and numerous other projects throughout New York City, Miami and Chicago.
SPRUCE CAPITAL PARTNERS
Spruce Capital Partners, founded in 2007 by Joshua Crane and Robert Schwartz, is a New York City based real estate owner, developer, and investor. The firm and its partners have both acquired and developed a portfolio of assets totaling in excess of $3 billion. Additionally, the partners of Spruce run S3 Capital, one of the most active bridge lenders in New York City. S3 has closed over 250 loans since 2014 totaling over $1 billion. The firm employs a team of experienced industry professionals in construction, finance, underwriting, acquisitions, origination and asset management.
DOUGLAS ELLIMAN DEVELOPMENT MARKETING
Douglas Elliman Development Marketing, a branch of Douglas Elliman Real Estate, offers unmatched sales, leasing and marketing expertise for properties throughout New York City, Long Island, Westchester, the Hamptons, Los Angeles, South Florida as well as throughout the United States and internationally. The firm ranks amongst New York City’s most prominent sales and marketing firms. Drawing upon decades of experience and market-specific knowledge, the Elliman team offers a multidisciplinary approach that encompasses every aspect of real estate including comprehensive in-house research, product development, marketing and sales, operations, property management, and mortgage financing. Through a strategic global alliance with Knight Frank Residential, the world’s largest privately-owned property consultancy, the company markets properties to global audiences in 60 countries across six continents.
frenchCALIFORNIA is a Marketing Agency focused on Real Estate, Architecture and Design. Founder Guillaume Coutheillas is a Paris-born Marketing and Branding expert based in San Francisco and New York. After 10 years building a reputation for innovative & design-driven marketing – Coutheillas saw an opportunity in the market to provide Real Estate companies the kind of tailored and strategy-driven marketing services that are typically out of reach. Enters frenchCALIFORNIA a marketing house designed to help Real Estate, Architecture and Design brands elevate their identity, propel public awareness and drive sales. frenchCALIFORNIA utilizes its expansive stable of artists, creators, and influencers to help shape the identity of its partner brands.
GALERIE GABRIEL ET GUILLAUME
Founded in 2013 by Nancy Gabriel & Guillaume Excoffier, Galerie Gabriel et Guillaume has since been working on exhibitions in Beirut and Paris – as well as the last Salon Art + Design in NYC-, showing rare pieces of 20th Century Collectible Design, from Brazil, Europe, and USA, alongside contemporary pieces of leading designers from Lebanon and Europe.
CUETO ART ADVISORY CORP
Valérie Cueto is an advisor, and a curator based in New York specialized in the Arts of the Impressionists, Post-War Art, and Contemporary Art. She was born into the art, daughter of a dealer she did study at the Ecole du Louvre in Paris and Sotheby’s Art School in London from 1983 till 1987. Valérie began my career in Paris in the late ’80s as the director of two of the most important Auction Houses at the time. She then became director of Galerie Jean Gabriel Mitterrand and then Galerie Daniel Templon before creating my eponymous gallery in the Marais. She moved to New York in 2006 and founded Cueto Project Gallery. In 2012 Valerie became a full-time advisor and curator. Obstinate, persevering, and hardworking, she has been working and involved in all the different sectors of the arts for now 32 years: Auctions, Family Estates, Appraisal, Galleries, Curating, etc.