Designers are always on the hunt for unique art pieces that will give their interiors that ‘wow’ factor, but it’s not often the designer’s own creations receive a gallery debut. Upper East Side’s Valerie Goodman Gallery introduced its newest offerings last week with first-time furnishings designed by Tinatin Kilaberidze and collectable pieces by Jacques Jarrige and Kimille Taylor.
Established in 2010 by Valerie Goodman, the gallery showcases work by emerging French artists and highlights the up-and-coming creative set. Over the years Valerie Goodman has fostered numerous productive exchanges with decorators, collectors and interior designers including those from Peter Marino, Victoria Hagan, Waterworks and Tom Ford.
Kamille Taylor, Valerie Goodman and Tinatin Kilaberidze
“What’s really at the core of my work is to develop these relationships,” shared founder Valerie Goodman. “So I meet the artists and I see their work and I feel that we connect through their art. Then we decide to show the piece in the gallery.”
Goodman first met Jarrige in Paris the same year she opened the gallery and soon after debuted his work in America. The French artist Skyped in to see the gallery event where his pieces such as The Dance Screen and the Leda lamp were on display.
Interior designers Kilaberidze and Taylor developed close relationships with Goodman who presented them the opportunity to debut their personal artwork in her gallery. Both Kilaberidze’s realistic 3D renderings of furnishings and Taylor’s sketches of lighting fixtures sparked Goodman’s interest and within a year they were produced.
“I found that I needed sculptural, sophisticated forms for lamps that could be used in singles, very strong, or in pairs,” said Taylor. “As a client of Valerie, I was thrilled when someone like her took me on. I feel honored to be with this group of artists and designers, and feel like I am in the best company I could ever hope to be in.”
“For her to recognize my work with her collection, I was happy to hear that,” said Kilaberidze of her work, which is an exploration of nature. “I was trying to experiment by leaving the dignity of the wood and texture. It’s just showing the beauty of the wood with very simple forms that are architectural clean and balanced. It is a very minimalistic approach. I wanted to give the strength to nature itself.”
The gallery also exhibits furnishings by Anasthasia Millot, mirrors by Andre Hayat and sculptural vases by Eric Schmitt. Select pieces by the six artists are available on 1stdibs.com.
The Valerie Goodman Gallery is located on 315 E 91st St, New York, NY. Appointments can be made by calling (212) 348-2968.