Galleries on the Move in New York

These chic galleries in the city that never sleeps (and one in the Hamptons) are trading up. 

This year has seen several New York design galleries swapping ZIP codes for the luxury of square footage. After a decade in West Chelsea, Demisch Danant has relocated to Greenwich Village, taking over a space that, for decades, had been home to S. F. Vanni, the oldest Italian bookstore in the United States. “We’re not contemporary; we’re historical. It felt like a good place,” says Suzanne Demisch of her gallery’s new, 4,000-square-foot space, which allows for more room for exhibitions (30 W. 12th St.; 212-989-5750; demischdanant.com). Meanwhile, Todd Merrill has always sought out emerging areas for his galleries. His latest, near Chinatown, took over three storefronts that were formerly occupied by a check-cashing concern and a massage parlor. He discovered 20-foot- high ceilings upon demolition, an ideal environment for his dizzying array of vintage and contemporary works (80 Lafayette St.; 212-673-0531; toddmerrillstudio.com). Renaud Vuaillat of Twenty First Gallery left 11th Avenue for a light-filled brownstone townhouse on a quiet block in Chelsea. This fall Vuaillat will present new pieces by French designers Hubert le Gall and Erwan Boulloud (458 W. 22nd St.; 212-206-1967; 21stgallery.com). Farther afield, interior designer Jeffrey Lincoln debuted Collective in a 3,000-square-foot former power station in Southampton this past summer, as a gallery for both furniture and art (200 North Sea Rd.; 631-353-3445; collectiveartdesign.com).