For many it is hard to imagine, but R & Company opened their first gallery in Williamsburg in 1997, long before the by now overwhelming hipster / real estate agent encroachment. Moving to Tribeca in 2000, around the time that the Lower Manhattan neighborhood became the city’s predominant design incubator, they continued to cultivate and champion the industry’s bleeding edge, from the standpoints of both style and edification.
But earlier this year came the news that they had outgrown their Franklin Street space; and so they subsequently moved to a stunning new HQ at 64 White Street this past spring. The new gallery is spread over 8000 square feet, with a spectacular, light-flooded, three-story atrium.
To celebrate, R & Co is hosting what is arguably a genuinely monumental exhibition, 20 Years of Discovery, focusing on four major modern movements: Brazilian Modern Design, Postwar American Design, Contemporary Design, and the self-codified “Difficult” Design. Included are works by such culture-altering giants as Charles & Ray Eames, Ettore Sottsass, George Nelson, Verner Panton and The Haas Brothers, along with 33 others.
To put it concisely, if you’re seeking a primer on how we have arrived at this particular moment in contemporary design, this is an unmissable event. Thankfully, it runs until August 25.