Dressing Table – Leleu
Gerard Widdershoven opened Maison Gerard in 1974 at a time when there was only one other gallery in New York City that specialized in French Art Deco furniture, lighting and objects. Widdershoven played a pivotal role introducing this period of decorative arts to the New York market; featuring pieces by Andre Sornay, Emile Jacques Ruhlmann, Maxime Old, Jean Dunand, Edgar Brandt, Dominique, Andre Groualt, Maison Leleu and many others.
I went to the party celebrating this impressive milestone and discovered how the evolution of Maison Gerard continues…
Daybed – Emile Jacques-Ruhlmann
Side Table -Andre Groualt
Maxime Old Cabinet – detail
Firescreen- Edgar Brandt
Table – Jacques Adnet
Me with Gerrard Widdershoven
Benoist Drut & Gerard Widdershoven
Following an established European model of mixing antique furnishings with the work of contemporary artists and designers, over the last decade Maison Gerard has introduced many new creators to the New York market including Herve van der Straeten, Carol Egan, Stephen Downes, David Mann, Miguel Cisterna, Pablo Avilla, Thomas Boog, Achille Salvagni and others. The adventurous works of this new breed of designers and artisans will be exciting compliments to the fine French Art Deco antiques.
Stool – Carol Egan
Art Deco Table Lamp & Thomas Boog Sculpture (2012) on Stand
Mirror – Herve van der Straaten
Gerard and Benoist have been business partners in Maison Gerard since 1999, and in addition to the broader range of merchandise offerings – the inclusion of finely designed and crafted contemporary objects – other changes are in the works. After dedicating forty years to developing the sterling reputation of Maison Gerard, Gerard will be increasingly relinquishing control of the day-to-day operations of the well established resource to his energetic and dynamic partner, Benoist .
Speaking for myself, and likely many others in the Interior Design community, I am looking forward to the continued evolution of Maison Gerard.
‘Spider’ Chandelier – Achille Salvagni