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Incorporating Art Into Interiors

it's not just for hanging on walls anymore

CJ Dellatore Tony Duquette

Interior by Tony Duquette

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In my opinion, the notion that art is a precious entity to be relegated to being hung on the wall is far too limiting.  Tony Duquette understood this axiom as early as the 1940’s.

What is it that makes something a work of art, and how do we (or better yet how should we) live with and experience art in our daily lives?  And can a table or a lamp be considered art?  I say yes.

In my ongoing search for incredible furnishings that are above the cut I look for pieces that transcend their purpose and becomes an object of beauty.  And though the sticker price can often be trés cher, the appreciation and desire to elevate the aura of any living space should be the goal of the designer.

Let’s look at a few examples of furniture that I feel meet the criteria to be considered as ‘art furniture’.

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Design: Stephen Antonson

The Modern Master of Plaster Shares His Creative Process

Stephen Antonson CJ Dellatore

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Plaster in the decorative arts was made popular in the early 20th century, when the likes of Serge Roche, Jean Michel Frank, and the Giacometti’s began to produce a number of functional home furnishings with the material for their patrons.  The elastic quality and sculptural effects produced by plaster are tactile and artful.

On an ongoing quest to see what modern-day craftsmen are up to, CJ Dellatore and I headed out to the wilds of downtown Brooklyn (where there is no shortage of creativity these days) to visit with plaster artisan Stephen Antonson.  I first became enamored of Stephen’s pieces when I saw them in the Dessin Fournir showroom in Manhattan months ago, and wanted to learn about his creative process, and learn how he manufactures his creations.

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