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).
Galleries on the Move in New York
These chic galleries in the city that never sleeps (and one in the Hamptons) are trading up.