We have to thank Melanie Courbet for –finally- bringing to New York City what for so many years has been commonplace in Europe: a design atelier where she has curated an extraordinary selection of furniture, objects, textiles, porcelain, ceramic and home décor pieces by some of the most respected names in the world (and some emerging talents) with prices ranging from quite affordable to not-so-much-but-I-still-need-to-get-that-somehow.
Atelier Courbet is located on Mott Street in the border of SoHo and Nolita in a 19th Century building that used to be a carriage house and a workshop of coach makers (hence the cool carriage in the middle of the atelier’s floor). The space has two adjoining salons that preserve the wood floors and warmth of old lower Manhattan buildings, showcasing pieces of contemporary design from around the world that can be purchased right there and then or customized for each client.
The space, which opened less than a month ago, will rotate its design exhibits every few weeks. Currently, the pieces of French master craftsmen company Domeau & Pérès are taking over the space and are the focus of the opening show, along with beautiful cashmere throws from Mongolian designer Oyuna, glassware from Saint-Louis which is the oldest glassmaker in Europe, exquisite porcelain vases, cups and saucers by French porcelain maker Sèvres which founded in 1738 with the support of Louis XV and Madame de Pompadour and which every year reproduces and releases a limited edition cup whose mold was created out of the breast of Marie Antoinette (who commissioned it herself so that when Louis XVI used the cup he would have "drunk from her milk"). I’m already showing these images to all of my clients and dreaming of getting some of these pieces for me and for my projects. I'm looking forward the next exhibits and new design pieces that the atelier will show.