November 01 2013
The World of Mélanie Courbet
Marie Le Fort
« The Master Craftsmen Gallery » is how Mélanie Courbet defines her new New York entity: an open space of timeless creations that brings heritage and modernity together every day.
Mélanie Courbet has the dexterity of a cat.
A brisk pace, a curious eye, and a taste for beautiful things that makes her new gallery space quite unique. Even in Manhattan where every concept under the sun seems to have already been explored…!
Mélanie has traveled, and crossed entire landscapes at a full gallop; she became involved in an NGO in Sierra Leone to build schools. Today, she is preparing to run a marathon, and tomorrow…she will smile more at life. And after years shuffling between Europe and Los Angeles, where she was in turn a commissioner of cultural projects, a faithful ambassador of luxury brands, the director of international development for an agency of design and designers, amongst other things…Mélanie decided she wanted to embark on an adventure that united ‘all of these worlds’.
After inaugurating Atelier Courbet in early October on Mott Street, in the heart of NoLIta, Mélanie Courbet finally has carte blanche to entertain all of her passions: to bring attention to the hand-made work of artisans, to observe ancestral savoir-faire, to surround herself with the finest materials and celebrate a contemporary vision of creation. Her atelier – both a gallery and a shop – reveals itself like a thick history book, where the paper, printing, illustrations and weathered leather cover inspires a sense of respect.
In the old Brewster Carriage House, (where carriages were custom built at the turn of the last century) specially renovated for the occasion, the cashmeres of Mongolie d’Oyuna sit alongside regular stitches of leather clothing by Domeau & Pérès on the saddle of a bright yellow bike designed in collaboration with Pharrell Williams. Further on, the simple brass and copper containers from the venerable Japanese house of Kaikado enliven the shades of blue in the indigo textiles made in Mali by calligrapher, artist and designer Aboubakar Fofana. It revives the illustrious savoir-faire of Sèvres with its fine pottery presented in a museum showcase. In another part of the store, chiseled carafes from the Cristallerie Saint Louis and the vase-sculptures of Hanne Enemark shine amidst an area decorated in mosaics and dark brick.
Atelier Courbet is an ode to creation which, like a poem, surpasses time to better reveal a substance.
Below, a photo composition of objects from the gallery mixed with inspirational and travel visuals of the founder.