Museum Tour: Art as Home Furnishings

Museum Tour: Art as Home Furnishings

Earlier this spring, I had the opportunity to visit an exhibit at the Bloomington Theatre and Art Center entitled, "Art in the Home." Although some of the art was the conventional hang-on-the-wall kind, most of the pieces were the furnishings themselves. Tables, chairs, benches, vessels, light fixtures. Everywhere I looked was a piece of art. It was, as you can imagine, incredibly  inspiring. Take a look at this pictorial tour and see if it lights a spark in you too.

Note: I was relying on the supplied 'list of artwork' documentation provided by the exhibitors, but not all items were accounted for in the exhibit. Therefore, I did my best with the information I had when accrediting the individual artists that created the highlighted pieces. To those artists not credited within this post, my sincere apologies. 

This Lowback Facet Bench was created by Louis John Andrew. It's made of powder coated steel and stainless steel. ($3400)

Here it is paired up with a walnut dining table ($1800)  by Nathan Hamlin. 

And the basket on the table? That's made of washers, it's creator is Louis John Andrew. ($1800).

On the opposite side of the table (from the faceted red bench) are these Plank Chairs, also by Louis John Andrew ($425 each).

Same chair, different angle.

This painted solid aspen Lounge Chair was created by Nathan Hamlin ($2000).

Here's another piece by Louis John Andrew, entitled "Facet Rocker" which is made of painted steel ($950).

And now for the pieces whose creators remain a mystery. I thought this vignette was quite lovely.

There is no doubt that this lounge chair is a piece of artwork unto itself.

No art-in-the-home installation would be complete without at least one light fixture. Here's three, which together remind me of a flock of seagulls. The birds, not the new wave band with the unfortunate haircuts.

Check out this kitschy piece of wall art. Can you tell what the piano keys are made out of?

Paint brushes.

And, finally, this vignette looks like it was made for a Curbly audience.

So there you are. Inspired??

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John on Jul 03, 2014:

Great post! Love the piano wall art, fabulous! That piano keys wall art is actually made of paint brushes? That's cool!  

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