Explore nine conceptual objects that meld art and design.
US interior designer Kelly Wearstler says, “design is all about storytelling”. In her own home, she creates a “meeting of meaningful designs” through expressive pieces that often juxtapose each other to create visual discussion. Inspired by Kelly’s home, we’ve curated an edit of iconic and interesting objects that explore an intersection between art and functional design.
Designer Chris Wolston created the Future Project Nalgona chair 01 to embody a humanlike form woven from ethically-sourced Colombian mimbre (wicker). “The human body has such an intimate familiarity with furniture,” Chris affirms, which informed their design of a “chair that hugs you back”.
The Cactus collection was born from a collaboration between designers Guido Drocco and Franco Mello in 1972 to embody the grit and humour of the seventies. The collection was reinterpreted in 2007 to become the Gufram “Another White” Cactus.
Every Tom Dixon Swirl table is different. The stacked geometric forms are made from powdered residue from the marble industry mixed with pigment and resin to create material blocks with a unique pattern due to the pouring process.
Design luminary Kelly Wearstler collaborated with Dutch art collective Rotganzen to create the Sunset People sculpture. The hand-sculpted ‘melting’ glass mirror is part of Rotganzen’s Quelle Fête collection, reminiscent of glamorous nights and Californian summers.
The e15 Colour lamp melds minimalism, theatricality and architecture through layered coloured glass panels in different shapes. Designers Daniel Rybakken and Andreas Engesvik created a circular form light diffuser for the lamp that emits a soft glow.
The iconic Eames Elephant was released in a grey stain in 2020 to mark 75 years since the object was first designed. Designers Charles and Ray Eames spent several years refining a technique for moulding plywood into 3D shapes, resulting in this technically complex elephant.
The GamFratesi Balance mobile combines the lightness of textiles with a metal frame, reminding us to find balance in the ‘every day’. This suspended object acts as a room divider that can absorb sound.
Tokujin Yoshioka’s Bouquet armchair features a seat of ‘petals’ hand folded and sewn from squares of fabric. The chair is a tribute to beauty which lies in the simplicity of a repeated gesture – representing an intersection of art and functional design.