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Breaking Form

Emmanuel Babled’s designs at the new Twenty First Gallery.

New York City art ace Renaud Vuaillat has eschewed tradition with the launch of his latest Manhattan outpost. Opened in May on a tree-lined street in West Chelsea, Twenty First Gallery (21stgallery.com) is set within an elegant 19th-century brownstone adorned with exposed brick, hardwood floors, and original marble fireplaces—the antithesis of the typical white-walled art space. To christen his new-fashioned endeavor, Vuaillat enlisted the French designer Emmanuel Babled, whose showstopping furniture had never before been exhibited in the States. Among Babled’s limited-edition works on display for the venue’s debut was Osmosi, a striking collection of consoles ($65,000), tables, and design objects that fuse traditional artisanship and modern technology by pairing handblown Murano glass with 3-D-cut plinths of Carrara marble. Cutting-edge, colorful, and customizable through Twenty First, the pieces are a fitting prologue to Vuaillat’s new passion project.