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.