Marc Camille Chaimowicz (b. 1947) is a London-based, cross-disciplinary contemporary artist whose works challenge the categorical divisions between art and design. His recent career retrospect at the Jewish Museum (which was the artist’s first solo museum exhibition in the United States) transformed the entire second floor of the former Warburg family mansion from an exhibit showcase into a series of fantasy tableaus pristinely curated with unique and whimsical home furnishings and décor. This room was my favorite. Let’s take a closer look at the pieces that make up this dream-like living room set.
Blue Velvet Give and Take Sofa and Pink Glazed Ceramic Rope Vase.
Maquette for Give and Take Sofa
Stainless Steel Magazine Rack with Diamonds Cut Outs
Photographed as Part of the Exhibit, Your Place or Mine, at the Jewish Museum.
Items Shown Left to Right : One Meter Lamp (2016), Glazed Ceramic Rope Vase (2014) Give and Take Velvet Sofa (1994) Stainless Steel Magazine Rack (2014)
This spectacular bureau cabinet reflects the European fascination with Japanese and Chinese luxury goods in the early eighteenth century.The bright red surfaced imitated Asian lacquer, which was made from materials not available in Europe.
The motifs evoke the people and sights of the Far East, but they reflect the limited knowledge and stereotyped views that Europeans held of these distant countries. at the time the cabinet was made, this technique of using imitation lacquer was called “Japanning.” The original owner may have displayed small Asian porcelains in the upper niches of the cabinet.
Photographed in the Clark Institute in Williamstown, MA
In Verner Panton’sNotes on Color, the Danish designer stated:
“In Kindergarten, one learns to love and use colors. Later on, at school and in life, one learns something called taste. For most people, this means limiting their use of colors.”
The design career of Verner Panton (1926 – 1998) reached its first peak toward the end of the 1950s. With a furniture series based on simple geometric shapes, Panton anticipated elements of Pop Art, while also emulating the elegance of Scandinavian Modernism in the execution of the bases.
The most famous designs from this series are the Cone Chair and the Heart Cone Chair (1959). The Heart Cone Chair takes its name from its heart-shaped silhouette. The extended wings of the backrest are reminiscent of Mickey Mouse ears, but can also be interpreted as a contemporary development of the classic wingback chair.
Photographed at the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in NYC.
You’ve seen the fabulous and boldly colorful designs of PolArt furniture on The ‘Gig many times before, and these flocked busts in a bright magenta pink hue might just add the ideal classic accent for your own home! Surely they would go perfectly with something like This!
Photographed at The ICFF 2018 at Javits Center, NYC!
Every year without fail, my favorite exhibitor at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) is PolArt Designs of Mexico. Each piece of their Victorian style furniture is custom-made to the end-user’s specs of finish color and fabric type, to make these pieces suitable for either indoor or outdoor use. At ICFF 2018, I was particularly smitten with this Modern Victorian Ottoman and Sofa created in a pale pink finish with complementray pink velvet fabric upholstery. Simply reathtaking.
Gaetano Pesce’s playful Nobody’s Perfect chair (2001) embodies diversity within standardization. Following simple guidelines, the maker pours pigmented resin into a mold to achieve a random quantity and mix of colors. The back of this chair presents an excellent example of the phenomena of Pareidolia, which encouragee you to see an image resembling a face.
The liquid resin is hardened into the furniture’s components, which are later assembled with pegs.
The ‘face’ that the back of this chair resembles is quite fun!
Photographed in the Cooper Hewitt Design Museum in Manhattan.
While he is mainly known as a true icon of the fashion world, designer Jean Paul Gaultier has also spent more then two decades invested with furniture manufacturing. In collaboration with French furniture-maker, Roche Bobois, Gaultier has launched his “sexy and bedroom inspired” furniture collection, and the Roman chariot-inspired Ben Hur armchair belongs to this collection.
The Ben Hur armchair — which looks just like a Modern, Barrel-Design Club Chair when viewed from a straight ahead angle– has an aluminum structure and stylish velvet upholstering that is available in four colors: red (shown here) yellow, blue and green. Like almost every piece from the designer’s collection, this chair has wheels, because Gaultier has made his furniture on the idea of extra mobility. The objective is that people wanting to be able to move each item from one room to another.
Also, it’s a lot fun, and will certainly make a bold personal statement about its owner is any room of the home.
Suggested Retail Price: $6,500 each. Available from Roche Bobois and other fine retailers.
Photographed at the ICFF 2018 at Javits Center, NYC.