Unique Furniture A Highlight At Art Basel, Miami Fairs
Visiting Art Basel and Design Miami is a delight for the senses. Homedit also found that there can be a very fine line between what is categorized as art or as design for the home. In either case, each piece — whether seating, lighting, tables or wall art — is unique furniture that is an expression of the artist’s vision and there is something to be found for every taste and sensibility.
While Design Miami/ was the epicenter of fantastic pieces for the home, we found many examples of artful, unique furniture at all of the art shows in Miami…as well as pieces of art made from furniture.
From Plastic Spoons To Marvelous Decorative Mirror
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Many artists used everyday home items as the medium for their expression. Wall pieces made from discarded athletic shoes to artistic work made with cutlery or disposable aluminum kitchen pans, mundane items found an inserting new life in art. This installation was a playful piece using an upright piano and focusing on the concept of keys.
Seating was a very popular form of expression for artists, perhaps because it can take so many forms and sizes.
Galerie Heike Strelow exhibited these luminous seats, which you could see glowing from a distance. They are meant for outdoor use, particularly to blend into their natural surroundings. Truly pieces of unique furniture.
On the flip side, some artists used separate parts of furniture as the medium. Artist Marc Andre Robinson from Brooklyn showed his creations from furniture. “Playing with the dialogue between art and artifact, he collects discarded furniture and transforms it into sculptural assemblages with complex and delicately balanced symbology,” says his bio.
After chairs, tables were also a popular form of unique furniture expression.
At any furniture fair, many of the light fixtures are true art forms, so we weren’t surprised to see modern lighting creations among the art displays.
Room dividers are another item that does double duty as art and home design feature. Some were painted, some were 3-D carved and other were lighting installations.
While we didn’t see much outdoor-specific furniture at the shows, the Botanical Gardens across the street from Art Basel and Design Miami/ were outfitted with stylish and comfortable pieces. We’re not sure if this furniture is always there, or if it was brought in for a press event sponsored by BMW, but these are some of the same pieces we saw at the 4141 Design gallery in the Miami Design District earlier in the year.
Art and design extravaganzas like Miami’s art week have something to entice you, no matter what your definition of art is. Whether form comes first or function takes precedence, pieces can be viewed as art or as unique furniture, depending upon your own sensibilities.