In the heart of Brooklyn’s Carroll Gardens neighborhood, The Brooklyn Home Company, a family-run design collective, has transformed a townhouse into a livable retrospective of wooden works by French designers Robert Guillerme and Jacques Chambron. The duo behind Votre Maison conceived their design studio after meeting in a forced labor camp during World War II. They then worked side-by-side, designing interiors and furniture from the 1950s through the 1970s, drawing on their harrowing experiences at the camps to inform their creation of functional yet playful furnishings that add warmth to the home.
Curated by New York-based gallery Maison Gerard and California-based agency frenchCALIFORNIA, the rare collection is the first presentation of Guillerme et Chambron’s work ever. The installation, open by appointment through Jan. 2021, enables visitors to see first-hand the utility and transformative qualities of the duo’s innovative work. The selection of art—including bronze patinated sculptures by Kepa Akixo and Robert Levin's photography series of Andy Warhol—compliment the various furnishings throughout.
Built following the Passive House principles, an air purification system ensures that the environment stays safe and protects the heritage furniture from damage. “The works of Guillerme et Chambron beautifully compliment the design aesthetic of our collective,” says Bill Caleo, co-founder of The Brooklyn Home Company, “and together with Maison Gerard and frenchCALIFORNIA, we have unveiled an inspiring exhibition.”