Design & Decoration S04 ep6 : Nicholas Kilmer, Sebastien Barquet Gallery, [New York]

Interview with Nicholas Kilmer

Sebastian + Barquet Gallery was established in New York in 2005 with the intention of providing collectors with access to the finest available examples of 20th Century Design. Sebastian + Barquet has two locations in New York’s Chelsea design district and maintains a presence at the principal design fairs worldwide. With a focus on masterworks of American and European design of the 1940’s -1980’s, the gallery is dedicated to presenting well-curated, museum-quality exhibitions that celebrate the works of established masters while simultaneously showcasing the work of lesser-known designers. The gallery’s exhibited artists include international designers who have left an indelible mark on the design landscape, such as Buckminster Fuller, Vladimir Kagan, George Nakashima, Isamu Noguchi, Gio Ponti and Jean Prouvé.


Sebastien Barquet was founded in 2005 in NY by Alex Vic and Bramis Barquet. We are a
gallery that specializes in 20th century design as specifically, French, Italian; US post war
design, so anything from the 1940's really through to the turn of the 21st century. The gallery in
new York is in Chelsea,on 26th Street. 08:15

Sebastian Barquet is a Latin American paintings dealer, that have been collecting design for as
since around some times in the 80's, began with works by Don Jordan and works by TosriSudsa
and it was really more of a personal fascination for him and a friend of his and so he was a
serious collector and it's there they decided havingto put together a very impressive
collection.Torsi take it further and set up a gallery and so that was really the genesis of it
though. 08:50

Initially the focus was more open and we cross over every now and again. We do a little
Scandinavian or some German at times. We've done earlier pieces, for example, we collect
Bugatti, works by Carlo Bugatti, or So Rembrandt, we did have some No tori, we put up
Narcissi for one exhibition but principally, our focus is French, Italian, American post

Prior to working for Sebastian Barquet, I was in the designs department at Christies in New
York and prior to that I worked for the English 18th century furniture dealer, Malette. It was
actually my first job. I came straight out of postgrad. I worked in Malette in London, they move
me to New York when they opened their first gallery there and from there to Christies. 09:45

Henry Dunay Jewellery

It's one in the same business in so many ways and especially the 20th design becomes a much
more separate section of the market, to contemporary design. I think it's fitting much more into
the same field as 18th and 19th century and belongs much more in fairs like Tefa, where the
focus is absolutely on his stock. 10:13

Even at Malette we found people were tending less to the buying tyrums of one period, and
collecting more eclectically, so they would buy one great piece by Paul Evans and pair it with
another great by GeorgeSakishima though they'll tend to mix it up a little more I think. 10:37

I had great work by Carla Manito were made a record at auction some years back for selling for
over three million for single desk. I mean Mali no is an exception but it proves sort of distance
within the market and again, it's still a very young market for us. It's still in its very early days,
in spite early on with the Bonaire’s in 05 to 07 calmed down a little bit, but seems to be
recovering rather well now.11:10

Henry Dunay Jewellery

Part of our field and one where we're very active in is American design. The major names for us
are very well represented here at the fair. We see Paul Evans is one of the notable names, the
Paris sculptor from cabinets over here, and well didn't pattern ate is still with late tops with
fairly. Exceptionalthings.In front of that you'll see great work by Joe Nakishima interestingly,
he and Paul Evans were both based in the same town in Pennsylvania in New Hub, would have
been something of an artist commonly, with makers like Ashraf not far away and Paul Evans,
Phillip Lloyd Powell and George Asikim studio is still there today and Rumba HI is doing very
successfully. 11:58

The earliest piece on the stand I think is from the 1960's and the most recent is , would be the
quarter lounger by Johnny Swayne. Johnny's an incredible artist, lived in New York in the 80's
which he started doing his work, then he moved out to Vermont, where he's based now. There
are about five and a half thousand quarters in his piece and each one is spot welled four times,
so the piece looks incredibly heavy, but it's not at all. But it's not that difficult to move, but
because it's so incredibly well constructed it's a very sturdy thing, also if you run your hand over
the piece you'll notice the surface is completely smooth. So in order for Johnny to achieve that
he has to bend almost every single one of those coins individually and considering that he does
all the work by himself, it's incredibly labor intensive. In US dollars it's a hundred and twenty
thousand. Funny enough, Johnny made a rug out of dollar bills. 12:59

Henry Dunay Jewellery

The chairs is Chicago chair by architects Chock and Sextant. It’s one of eleven that were made.
They designed the piece in 1987 and used it on only three commissions. This is one from that
eleven. The magnificent thing, mirror, polish stainless steel. 13:22

The desk is an exceptional thing. One big piece of stainless steel, it's a magnificent thing. It's
actually one of three desks. It was made in 1966 for the Poe of Sharon’s and the Rue la
Grandemayor in Paris. We have photographs of how they were originally set up, three of them
together and that was the reception area at this space.Was designed by Michael Benswel, he was
actually Dutch-born , but he was working in Paris in the hotelier of Maxis Ingram, who was
commissioned to design the space proposal and then Maxis go and designed this desk and it
really is just , an icon of 20th century design.14:08

Henry Dunay Jewellery

The desk would absolutely be one of the most important pieces that we've had, thinking of two
others. The vertical two door sculptor from CA canon by Paul Evans that we, that we had some
years ago. We actually showed here at Tefa, three or four years ago.That was a truly
exceptional thing. Really more possibly amongst the greatest things that Paul Evans ever made
and independently, just an exceptional beautiful object. It's other than the Rockefeller Kane
bench by George Nakashima. It's the Kane bench that George made a few of them in his
lifetime but simply in terms of proportions, just the simple beauty of the object, it really was.
It's an exception, an exceptional piece.15:02

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