Moderne Gallery Moving To A New Location

(January 2019)

Moderne Gallery Is Making A Move! — as always...looking forward, taking the lead — From Old City to Port Richmond, Philadelphia, in January 2019

Moderne Gallery, recognized internationally as the prime gallery for studio craft furniture, and as the leading Nakashima dealer in the world, is moving to a new center for high end design, art and antiques in the Port Richmond section of Philadelphia, as of January 2019. The new showroom is not open to the public as of yet, but can be visited by appointment only. It is set to open in the Spring of 2019.

Moderne Gallery will be the first tenant in the Showrooms at 2220, a newly restored former mill at 2220 East Allegheny Avenue, (Port Richmond) Philadelphia, PA 19134. The 100,000 square-foot building is owned and managed by Jeffrey Kamal and Joe Holahan, co-owners of Kamelot Auction Company, which holds its auctions and has its offices in the building.

“We are not downsizing, or giving up our showroom concept with special exhibitions,” says Moderne Gallery founder/director Robert Aibel. “And certainly we will continue to build our business through internet sales.” Joshua Aibel, Robert’s son, is now co-director of Moderne Gallery and helping to develop this combination of sales concepts.

“We see this as an opportunity to move to a setting that presents a comprehensive, easily accessible major art, antiques and design center for our region, just off I-95,” says Josh Aibel. “The Showrooms at 2220 offer an attractive new venue with great showroom spaces and many advantages for our storage and shipping requirements.” Moderne Gallery’s new showrooms are being designed by the gallery’s longtime interior designer Michael Gruber of Philadelphia.

With this move, as the anchor tenant with a 4,500 sq. ft. gallery and over 11,000 sq. ft. of storage in the same building, clients can now see Moderne Gallery’s entire inventory in one location. Moderne Gallery has been known for many years for taking the lead in bringing works by the finest studio craft designers and craft artists to public prominence through major art and design fairs: Moderne Gallery was one of the first galleries to exhibit at the new Modernism show at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC in 1986, and has exhibited over the years at Design Miami, Design Basel, The Philadelphia Antiques Show (now The Philadelphia Antiques and Art Show) and The New York Winter Antiques Show. The gallery continues to exhibit in prestigious shows, such as The Salon Art + Design at the Park Avenue Armory in NYC.

Moderne Gallery has been internationally renowned for its high quality, vintage 20th Century furniture, lighting and accessories since 1984, presenting an extensive inventory of that period’s finest works - from French and American Art Deco and French 1940’s-1950’s to exclusive Wharton Esherick pieces. The gallery is unique in its specialization in vintage work from the American Studio Craft Movement.

In 1985 Moderne Gallery was the first gallery to promote the work of George Nakashima and still has the finest and largest selection in the US of his 1940-’s-1980’s designs. Responding to requests from serious collectors, Moderne Gallery extended its inventory to include vintage work of Sam Maloof, Wendell Castle, Arthur Espenet Carpenter, David Ebner, Peter Voulkos, Toshiko Takaezu, Viola Frey, Edward Moulthrop, William Hunter and many others. More recently Moderne Gallery has begun to present fine art and craft works by contemporary artists, such as Miriam Carpenter, who are already sought after by discerning and forward-looking collectors.

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