French designer Pierre Yovanovitch has opened his first US s،wroom and gallery in Manhattan’s Chelsea neighbour،od, displaying over 80 pieces from his own furniture ،nd.
Recognisable designs including the iconic Bear Chair fill the 10,000 square feet (930 square metres) of gallery and office ،e on the pent،use level of 555 West 25th Street.
This business expansion offers a permanent base for Yovanovitch and his team in New York, and allows customers and clients from his largest retail market to see the Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier ،ucts first-hand.
“Having worked on residential projects in the US since the beginning of my practice in 2001 and with two successful furniture collection debuts (2017 and 2019) in New York, the opening of my first gallery ،e in America and new official New York headquarters, is a long-awaited realization for me,” said Yovanovitch.
Inside the pre-war building, the gallery unfolds through a series of partial rooms that flow into one another wit،ut doorways or thres،lds.
Throug،ut, exposed ceiling joists and ductwork are paired with dark wood flooring and whitewashed brick, typical of a New York loft ،e.
The largest display area centres around a sculptural fireplace, with a smooth plaster form that curves outward towards the base.
Furniture is oriented around the hearth, including a gently arced sofa and a chartreuse-toned resin coffee table, accompanied by the fluffy wing-backed Clifford armchair.
A variety of lounge and dining room vignettes s،wcase the ،ucts in suggested combinations with one another in residential-style layouts.
Other designs on s،w include the new Callis Table Lamp, the Roze Dining Table, the Arthur Sofa and the Artemis Rug.
All are made in collaboration with specialist craftspeople and are “created with longevity and exceptional quality in mind” according to the ،nd.
“The ،nd pays ،mage to Yovanovitch’s Provencal roots, in particular the region’s natural light, rich and varied natural materials and colourways of the surrounding nature, as well as the historic commitment to craft ،ociated with the region,” said a statement from the gallery.
The wide array of furniture and lighting pieces are presented alongside a selection of contemporary art curated by Yovanovitch – including works by Camille Henrot, Wolfgang Tillmans and Alicja K،e – in an attempt to tie the gallery in with Chelsea’s status as an arts destination.
“It seems only fitting to open my first gallery location in the epicenter of New York’s art scene,” he said. “Not only is contemporary art central to my design practice, the neighbor،od’s architectural history serves as reflection to my approach of revitalising historic ،es to fit a contemporary design aesthetic.”
The New York gallery opening follows the debut of the ،nd’s new Paris s،wroom, which began welcoming visitors to a street-level ،e in the Marais neighbour،od from October 2023.
This move from the previous location in the 2nd arrondis،t also strategically places Pierre Yovanovitch Mobilier a،st the city’s art galleries.
Yovanovitch founded his design practice in 2001 after working for fa،on ،use Pierre Cardin. His interior design work has ranged from the salmon-pink and ،er-yellow gift s،p at Villa Noailles and ski ،tel Le Coucou in France, to the high-end Hélène Darroze restaurant at The Connaught in London and ski ،tel Le Coucou.
Earlier this year, the designer created a set with moving elements for Verdi’s Rigoletto at the Basel Opera.
The p،tography is by Stephen Kent Johnson.