This New Gallery May Change Your Perception of Design

Taking over a former factory loft in TriBeCa, the newly opened Jacqueline Sullivan Gallery will delve into concepts not often explored within design.

Jacqueline Sullivan in her newly opened gallery in TriBeCa, New York. All photography by William Jess Laird

TriBeCa has been emerging as one of Manhattan’s most compelling gallery districts for well over five years, but newcomers are continuing to infuse fresh energy into the cast-iron and cobblestone neighborhood. The latest arrival is Jacqueline Sullivan Gallery, a decorative arts and design dealer focused on concept-driven collections that contextualize contemporary pieces within the larger canon and present design in a new light. Beyond creating a can’t-miss destination for one-of-a-kind design objects, Sullivan’s main goal is to “bridge gaps between designers and collections in the hopes to inspire a new way of living with objects that can be used, cherished, and understood.” 

Set within a sprawling fourth-floor former textile factory reimagined by designer Nick Poe, the gallery opened in late September with the group show “Substance in a Cushion”—a poem from Gertrude Stein’s book Tender Buttons. Much like the American novelist’s writing, the objects on view invoke curiosity about seemingly mundane objects and their relationship to space. Cast glass sconces by Natalie Weinberger, waxed paper lamps by Christian Hammer Juhl and Jade Chan, and wool textiles by Grace Atkinson/Decima are situated among older pieces by the likes of Gaetano Pesce and Archizoom dedicated to traditional construction methods. Up next: solo shows, capsules, and Stein-esque salons hosted with artists and collaborators.

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