There’s always been a very thin line between art and design. At the very least, they tend to work hand in glove with each other, but we all know it’s much more than that. Pithy dicta like “form follows function” and “less is more” satisfy on paper, but aesthetics and novelty just generally tend to be more exciting. That’s why the most forward-thinking home brands, more and more, are working with fine artists to create new products that appeal to our collective yen for expressiveness and beauty. Here, Jack Shainman Gallery director Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels and interior designer Leyden Lewis give their perspectives on the 10 most striking examples.
Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels: Allowing an artist to mine an archive injects such thoughtfulness and energy.
Leyden Lewis: The eye is drawn to the geometry of the sensuous cutout forms.
10.5" w. x 10.5" d. x 3" h.
LL: This alludes to a powerful talisman; a transcendent object of the past that has been unearthed.
JBS: When I am home, I crave fixtures like this that have something to say.
32" dia. x 35" h.
LL: The humor and joyfulness of this piece come from an unexpected mixture of materials.
JBS: I love how Welch strikes that difficult balance between freneticism and symmetry.
16.5" dia. x 18" h.
JBS: It’s such a sculptural piece—an organic anchor to any room.
LL: The shapes and lines redefine the illusion of what a chair is.
20" w. x 30" d. x 40" h.
JBS: I see abstracted topographic landscapes.
LL: Like any great piece of conceptual art, there’s a harmony of color and form.
3' x 3'
LL: This evokes memories from childhood—playing with Play-Doh and deflated balloons.
JBS: The way the colors and forms interact is divine.
6'6" x 9'10"
JBS: A beautiful juxtaposition of classical and contemporary designs.
LL: Lugo’s whimsy and lack of convention here would bring personality into any space.
8" w. x 5.5" d. x 11" h.
LL: Hunt is a wizard of proportion and repetition. The balance is created through pattern and contrast.
JBS: This will be my super-luxe dream bathroom wallpaper.
JBS: These are the most incredible florals I have ever seen.
LL: Sculptural pieces like this ask questions about the spaces they occupy.
69.5" w. x 22" d. x 55" h.
LL: It’s organic surrealism; with our constant hand washing, bringing interest to the experience is ever more important.
JBS: Arsham knows his materials, and it shows.
23.5" w. x 15.5" d. x 9" h.