Art is defined as the quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.
Furniture is defined as the moveable articles required for use or ornament in a house, office, or the like.
So why can’t the objects in your home or office be both? Here are some examples of items I find appealing and functional. Each individual yearns to find that one unique piece that speaks to them, and it doesn’t matter if anyone else likes it, because it fits you. Maybe something here speaks to you!
There is no limit to what you can find out there. Just keep searching!
Let me ask you… should artwork “match or coordinate” with an interior space?
Well perhaps if you just want it to blend into the background. The interesting thing about art is that it is supposed to be noticed and have emotion and identity and promote thought and inquisitiveness. If you allow artwork to blend into a design, it’s lost.
Art, especially very lovely unique fine art, should be enhanced and noticed.
Some are not bold enough to do this, but it is not the point to use it as an accessory or filler in interior design. Art should also have love, meaning and significance to the owner. Art is to remind us of something special… a time… a person… a memory. Whatever it is, it is unique to all. Art should make you stop and take note. If you have ever stopped and looked at artwork and stated, “ugh, that is awful or hideous or wonderful” then you have been engaged. It caused you to render emotion, comment or reaction. Now, if you just walked past a piece that was so blended, it would be lost.
There is no rhyme or reason either. Contemporary and abstract can be displayed beautifully in a traditional space and vice versa.
Look at these examples and think about the placements either for your art or others as you go forward!!
As we approach the ten year anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country, you may ask “What do interior design and 9/11 have in common?”
Well, for one thing, art.
“Art, in itself, is an attempt to bring order out of chaos.”
Art is very personal, whether one is the artist or the viewer. Artists throughout our country and the world were affected on that day. For many, the artistic outlet provides a form of healing, whatever the medium, and no matter the training or skill of the artist. Here are some websites that have some unique expressions.
And, of course, there is children’s art, sometimes more moving for its raw simplicity (all from“The Day Our World Changed: Children’s Art of 9/11”).
“Painting is just another way of keeping a diary.“
Inevitably, we went to war, and are still at war. But, how many of you know we have a military Art Program? If the quote above is true, then we have a wonderful visual diary from the Army.
Follow this link for a brief history of the program and to view the artist’s works. It also has a link to the National Constitution Center’s Art of the American Soldier Exhibition.
Here are a few of my favorites.
No matter what your political views, the end result is human lives have been changed forever by all wars.
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