BENOIST DRUT

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BENOIST DRUT

  • Owner of Maison Gerard
  • Home Base: New York City
  • Weekend House: Barryville

Even though Benoist F. Drut—Managing Partner at Greenwich Village gallery Maison Gerard since the late 1990s—has an academic background rooted in the facts-based practice of law, he prefers to collect by intuition. “I never buy a piece with a particular purpose for it already in mind, I buy the piece because I love it and want to live with it,” he reflects. “We collect things we like but with an emphasis on authenticity, historic context, and expertise.” Drut and his business partner Gerardus Widdershoven—who founded Maison Gerard in 1974—are experts in 20th-century French Art Deco, particularly in the work of important designers Jules Leleu, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, and Jean-Michel Frank. Add to that list an extensive array of contemporary and emerging talent the gallery has picked up over the last decade, including Carol Egan, Aurélien Gallet, Hervé Van der Straeten, and Jean Girel. Driven by passion, Drut, who is originally from France and moved “on a whim” to the U.S. in his early twenties, is also deeply invested in education. He and his team have contributed to several publications and exhibitions, and helped build collections for both museums and private collectors. The dealer confesses to chatting up just about anyone when it comes to design: “You do not have to be [a collector] to get an hour on the history of Leleu from me. I will tire you out before I get tired of talking about it.”
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Benoist’s shortlist for Upstate NY

"When traveling, I always encourage my friends to stay at The Stickett Inn. It’s really well done. The rooms are actually suites—well appointed—and the owners are simply lovely. In the summer, they open a little bar serving local crafted beers and liquors. There are also a few delicious cocktails created by my friend Lola Silverman."

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Instagram @stickettinn

3380 NY-97, Barryville, NY 12719, USA - map  • 
(845) 557-0913

"Market in Barryville—the ideal market. Not too many vendors – but the ones that are there have everything essential. One can stock up on a weekend’s worth of organic and local food."

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3385 NY-97, Barryville, NY 12719, USA - map  • 
(570) 224-8013

"The owner Jehann, who is originally from Canada, is a riot. Don’t let the appearance of the outside scare you. There are pounds and pounds of things for sale right in front; however, Jehann has everything you may need, whether you knew it or not. All at extremely fair prices."

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3424 NY-97, Barryville, NY 12719, USA - map  • 
(845) 557-0704

Maison Bergogne

Narrowsburg, NY

"Le Belle Juliette Hermant has exquisite taste and a talent for sourcing out-of-the-ordinary objects whether it’s taxidermy, mismatched plates and glasses, door handles, a chair – they have it all. In winter she creates the most beautiful Christmas wreaths."

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Photo credits: Juliette Hermant, Gentl & Hyers

Instagram @maisonbergogne

226 Bridge St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(213) 379-3900

"Anna Bern has a lovely updated general store packed with vintage carpets from Morocco, home accessories, home related objects and products of all kind."

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15 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(845) 252-3424

Madame Fortuna

Narrowsburg, NY

"Madame Fortuna, a wonderful store offering incredible one-of-a-kind items curated by Alison, the owner who has the most unexpected of stores. A gem, selling everything from glasses to excellent vintage clothing, jewelry, etc."

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Instagram @madamefortuna

25 Main St, Narrowsburg, New York - map  • 
(845) 252-7327

"Nonprofit arts organization and the Arts Council for Sullivan County, New York. DVAA supports local artists with gallery exhibitions and grant funding. One of my favorite shows has a silent auction for pieces under 4x4 inches."

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Instagram @dvartsalliance

37 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(845) 252-7576

Pedro Boregaard

Narrowsburg, NY

"One can find the most beautiful jewelry as well as belt-buckles here."

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Instagram #boregaardjeweler

101 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY, 12764 - map  • 
(845) 252-3833

Dyberry Weaver

Narrowsburg, NY

"Charles Hadley Blanchard is a very talented weaver. He uses a variety of wools including some from local lamas raised nearby. He is extremely generous with explanations of creative processes. I have several of his wall hangings, which are beautiful in their apparent simplicity."

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101 Main Street, Narrowsburg, NY, 12764 - map  • 
(845) 252-7289

The Laundrette

Narrowsburg, NY

"Born in the 1950s as a car wash / laundry service, it has been taken over by two couples who converted it into an organic healthy pizza place that delivers simple, healthy fare that is easy to share yet creative. The cocktails are wonderful. The potato pizza is excellent – it is my favorite! The view over the bridge that brings you to Pennsylvania is superb and the music is great because one of the owners is actually a DJ"

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Instagram @thelaundrette

20 5th St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(845) 588-2004

One Grand Books

Narrowsburg, NY

"It’s a small bookstore but nonetheless very well stocked with an owner who is very knowledgeable and generous in sharing information. The bookstore will get you reading again! It’s what a bookstore used to be before Amazon took over."

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Instagram @onegrandbooks

60 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(845) 252-3541

"This little gallery is a perfect vitrine into his world and allows you to get a glimpse of his work in one shot. This is how I discovered Matthew’s work, and this is how Matthew came to join Maison Gerard. After having discovered his work here, he decided to join shortly after."

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Instagram @milleflorus

22 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(845) 798-7938

"Paul Nanni, the chef, had previously worked in NYC and came to Sullivan County to settle down with his wife. The food is the best Narrowsburg has to offer. With some classics on the menu, such as fried chicken and grits."

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Instagram @theheronny

40 Main St, Narrowsburg, NY 12764, USA - map  • 
(845) 252-3333