4 NYC Galleries These Art Fiends Always Scope Out
Chen Chen and Kai Williams are designers of insanely cool, very functional objects like bulbous, bubblegum-colored planters and marble-slab lamps. But their unusual, way-surprising (in a great way) pieces could very much stand alone as sculpture, too—they’ve shown work at The Museum of Arts and Design and the Venice Architecture Biennale. So, yeah, these are exactly the dudes we want planning our next summer New York Sunday gallery hop, which is exactly what they’ve done here.
“They have an amazing combination of contemporary design objects and vintage pieces, especially from the mid-century.” —Chen
“Upstairs is a gallery, but downstairs is an open storage space, like the visible storage at the Met or the Brooklyn Museum where you see everything that’s just on shelves. It’s a great place to get inspired about design. And you can touch everything.”—Kai
“Patrick and his gallery director, Zoe Fisher, just opened this new space in Bushwick. We participated in their inaugural show, which is a bunch of paperweights by over 100 artists.” —Chen
“One of the coolest things about this Brooklyn space is actually in the backyard, where a guy named Frank Traynor hosts the Perfect Nothing Catalog residency. He took this broken-down shack uses it as a shop to sell artists’ work.”—Chen