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Designing Sebastian + Barquet

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Since its 2005 opening, design gallery Sebastian + Barquet has been one of our favorite Chelsea stops, and we confess to dragging numerous people there last year to admire the rivets on Marc Newson‘s Lockheed Lounge. Up through May 24th at S+B’s West 24th Street gallery is “Formes and Couleurs,” featuring works by Charlotte Perriand, Jean Prouve, and Pierre Jeanneret. Meanwhile, Artkrush’s recent interview with S+B founder and art dealer Ramis Barquet reveals some of the gallery’s backstory. When asked how he came to select Mexican architect Enrique Norten to design the S+B gallery, Barquet’s answer is a testament to the power of a stellar (and promptly delivered) concept book:

I was considering a few important architects, and there he was. I had never met Norten, but I was aware of his work and knew that he had offices in New York. I arranged to meet him at my storage space in Chelsea and spoke to him about my ideas. A few days later, I received a spectacular concept book with digital images of his designs for the gallery and showroom, and I loved it.

As for the increasingly blurry borders between design and art, Barquet sees it as a positive thing. “At present, I’m dealing with each form as two separate businesses,” he says. “But in time, my galleries will present exhibitions combining both art and design.”

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