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The sisters, Karine and Virginie Glustin started Galerie Glustin manly focusing on exclusive pieces from the 18th and 19th centuries, and later expanded into 20th-century furniture, and the most recent addiction. they started to create designs of their own. They grew up in a side street close to the Paris flea market: one half was the family home, and the other, a garage-like space was used by their father, Serge, to trade in English antiques. Even though they moved in the mid-’70s, they kept this house to this day, as the sisters admit they felt connected to this space. Design Limited Edition will take you inside Galerie Glustin’s Parisian showroom, and explain how great design and passion for collectibles runs in their family.
Filled with vintage furniture and antique objects, the 5,400 square feet flagship now function as an overflow for their three-story gallery, located at the entrance to the Marché Dauphine. 20 years ago, when they discovered the store, it was in an advanced state of decrepitude. Nowadays, it presents a classic Parisian mansion decor, with Versailles parquet flooring, marble fireplaces, and elaborate wood paneling.
The Glustin clan embodies the soul of the flea market — Virginie and Karine are the hottest dealers in town. They offer distinctive design pieces with a soul and a unique presence.Interior Designer, Aline Asmar d’Amman
What sets Galerie Glustin apart is their one-of-a-kind furnishings, the emphasis on the insolite [unusual] and the pure fantasy and whimsy.Interior designer, Penny Drue Baird
1970s Fiberglass armchair, curved-oak sofas designed in the 1960s by Guillerme & Chambron, and a credenza created by contemporary artist Erwan Boulloud are some of the limited edition pieces presenters on the gallery’s ground floor. Galerie Glustin’s display changes weekly. Their own limited edition collection is also on display, as well as items they produced especially in collaboration with artists whose work is distinguished by a mastery of fine craftsmanship, like Boulloud and Geofroy Nicolet.
The passion for furniture design passes from generation to generation, as the sisters’ attraction of traditional savoir-faire comes from their grandparent, a fine carpenter, who restored antique pieces and created cabinets of his own. In the early ’60s, he opened a stand and later was joined by his son, Serge, who sold out of the annex to his home and had his own boutique at the heart of the flea’s Marché Vernaison.
The world of our childhood was quite magica. The strongest memories are of our grandfather’s workshop, with the smell of varnish and wax.”Virgine Glustin
The flea market was completely different back then. It was much more ramshackle. The stalls were open to the elements, and there was no heating. In the winter, our feet would freeze.Karine Glustin
Both of the founders of Galerie Glustin always wished and worked to work in this area. Each one of them had set up shop at Les Puces, in the early 20s, joining forces with their father two decades ago to open their current gallery. In the beginning, the space specialized in antiques of the 18th and 19th centuries, and some years ago, they turned their attention to the decorative arts of the 20th century.
Minimalism is not a characteristic of Galerie Glustin. Their passion for decorative arts has been running in the family, passing to the next generation. Actually, Kaine’s son Ilan works in the gallery, and one of Virgine’s children has opened his own boutique at Les Puces, focusing on lighting. Their father retired six months ago, but he’s still very much present at Galerie Glustin.
Our style is not to have just one piece in the middle of a room, you never know wat you’re going to find.Virgine Glustin