Elle Décor (USA)
A TANG DYNASTY SCULPTURE.
A Japanese Art Deco screen. An 18th-century black basalt Wedgwood vase. For Form Atelier’s owners,
Quy Nguyen and Avril Nolan, the common thread is that every object in their showroom must resonate within the context of contemporary life. “Modernity is a state of mind,” Nguyen says. Until recently, the pair, who are partners in life as well as work, operated out of a closet-sized showroom in Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood. Their business thrived, but the tiny space was limiting. Putting a lot on the line in the midst of a pandemic, they moved in September into a sizable loft space in East Williamsburg. The risk paid off, with their loyal clientele following them out to Brooklyn (where many of them lived). “Just like the pieces we collect, our customers are pretty diverse,” Nolan observes.
The pair like to foster an element of discovery. They research everything that passes through their doors, from Scandinavian ceramics to West African objects, unearthing historical depth and buying only from reputable sources. “We see ourselves as custodians,” Nguyen says. “We look after things we love in the same way you would tend a communal garden. Everyone reaps the benefits.” form-atelier.com