BENOIST DRUT - TastemakersGuide

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  • 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

The Stickett Inn

Barryville, NY
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(845) 557-0913

Barryville Farmers’ Market

Barryville, NY
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Barryville Emporium

Barryville, NY
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(845) 557-0704

Maison Bergogne

Narrowsburg, NY
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Instagram @maisonbergogne

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(213) 379-3900

Nest At Narrowsburg

Narrowsburg, NY
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www.nest-store.com

(845) 252-3424

Madame Fortuna

Narrowsburg, NY
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Instagram @madamefortuna

Madame Fortuna

(845) 252-7327

Delaware Valley Arts Alliance

Narrowsburg, NY
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Pedro Boregaard

Narrowsburg, NY
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Instagram @boregaard

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(845) 252 3827

Dyberry Weaver

Narrowsburg, NY
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(845) 252-7289

The Laundrette

Narrowsburg, NY
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Instagram @thelaundrette

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(845) 588-2004

One Grand Books

Narrowsburg, NY
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www.onegrandbooks.com

(845) 252-3541

Matthew Solomon Ceramics

Narrowsburg, NY
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Instagram @milleflorus

www.matthewsolomon.com

(845) 798-7938

The Heron Restaurant

Narrowsburg, NY
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Instagram @theheronny

www.theheronrestaurant.com

(845) 252-3333