Stepping into Gray Gallery, one feels immediately transported into an otherworldly region, like an underwater seascape where the organic feel of the pieces create a sense of awe and comfort. I do not know that it was the intent of the co-founders and cousins, Vram and Chahan Minassian, to evoke underwater fairytales but it is a delightful by-product of the artisans’ styling: the textural sculpture of Peter Lane appear as land-locked reefs, the ceramics of Antoinette Faragallah bring to mind sea anemones, and the whimsical lighting of Nathalie Pasqua feels like rays of sunshine shimmering through murky waters. Perhaps this is what a lifetime of artistry allows – not just a curated gathering of decorative art in the form of fine jewelry, high-end home furnishings and original hand-crafted pieces but a visceral experience that makes you want to recreate this magic in your home.
Chahan Minassian is an internationally renowned Paris-based interior designer who opened Chahan Gallery on the Left Bank in 2008. Vram Minassian, a jeweler known for his remarkable gemstones, established VRAM Designs in 1993 in Beverly Hills. Their combined expertise can now be found along Melrose Avenue in their exclusively appointed gallery. Beyond the exotic work of Faragallah, Pasquah and Lane, one can fine other unique editions commissioned just for Gray: stunning pieces from Shizue Imai such as her Golden Ball lamp, geometrically refined silver pieces by Juan and Paloma Garrido, the fantastic skull sculpture of Laurent Esquerre and the aestheticism of Nancy Lorenz’s abstract paintings.
Along with Chahan’s skill at creating a masterful physical space is the presence of Vram’s fine-tuned brilliance at gem work. Vram’s own jewelry can be found at Gray Gallery. The family’s lineage in jewelry design and artisanship is showcased in the beauty of both designs. It all continues to lend itself to the story that is Gray Gallery – exquisitely rare finds for both collectors and lovers of finely crafted artistry.