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How to Blend Art and Design

As you know, we at SINGULART love to help style your walls with exceptional works of art. Now, for the first time, SINGULART is holding its very own design sale, Where Art Meets Design, showcasing a selection of unique or limited edition design pieces and furniture from 10 highly acclaimed international designers and artisans. 

Throughout the centuries, art and design have always inspired each other, resulting in fabulous partnerships and exquisite products. In order to make the most of this opportunity, we have created a guide to aid in your own combination of original artworks with select pieces of furniture and art objects. By following our tips, let each piece of your collection shine, whilst also creating an interior that truly reflects your personal style!

Classic Contemporary

Minimal, modern, and with a paired back color-palette, Classic Contemporary design effortlessly bridges the gap between timeless and trendy furniture. Prioritizing comfort and clean lines over technical innovation, Classic Contemporary designers are often attracted to high quality materials, including wood, metal, and material detailing. 

One designer featured in SINGULART’s first design sale, Where Art Meets Design, who embodies the Classic Contemporary style is London based fine furniture maker Christian Watson. Highly invested in the integrity of British craftsmanship, Watson’s designs are created to be adaptable to any environment, with their simple, design forward aesthetic, rendering them modern day heirlooms. Nevertheless, at the heart of Watson’s artistic vision is experimentation and a playful approach to design. His resulting  collection unsurprisingly contains many bold yet sophisticated  eye-catching pieces. 

When pairing art with Classic Contemporary design pieces, it is important to create harmony and balance. To emphasize the clean lines of designers like Watson, choose artworks with geometric shapes or, alternatively, those with curved lines for added interest and tension. Equally as important is color-palette. Classic Contemporary colors primarily consist of neutral shades such as brown, muted orange, beige, black, gray, white, and cool blues. When choosing an artwork, finding similar tones to the furniture in your home, as seen in our pairing Bernard Simunovic’s Summer Breeze with Watson’s Littleton Armchair, can help you to create an effortlessly elegant atmosphere.

Industrial Modern

For other designers, innovation is essential. Modernity is spearheaded by the breaking of conventional design in style, concept and use of materials. Modern designers often turn to unconventional yet highly adaptable and affordable materials in their work, allowing for a greater level of experimentation. Concrete is a popular choice, alongside acrylic, resin and high-tech materials, often resulting in pieces with an industrial edge. 

Taking the use of concrete to unexpected new levels is American art furniture and lighting designer Neal Aronowitz. For his debut piece, the Whorl Table, Aronowitz not only blends furniture design with sculpture, but this experimental piece is also composed of a single sheet of concrete canvas—a high-tech, eco-friendly, cement-impregnated textile used in disaster shelters and drainage ditches, but never before used in design work. Its properties allow for quick and highly defined work that truly captures the meaning of raw beauty: sinuous folds that seemingly defy gravity. 

When pairing artwork with the Industrial Modern design, remember that this style hinges upon the juxtaposition of the raw with the refined. Rather than choosing artworks with complex visual imagery, artworks with textural interplay, monochromatic palettes (whether black and white or a bright pop of color) and those which favor minimalism, such as Johan Soderstrom’s #324 Esperanto, will enhance the edge of these designs without distracting from their unique features.

Tonal Textiles

Finding the design items for your space that match your personal style is a process that requires careful thought and consideration. It is often in these finishing touches that a house truly becomes a home. Adaptable to any interior design style, decorative pillows serve the dual function of adorning your home by adding textural and tonal interest, as well as providing comfort, support, and an intimate atmosphere. 

Often carrying cultural significance, KUBO’s decorative pillows also promote a shared purpose in that they are exquisitely made from sustainable materials and are sourced from artisans that respect local traditions and environments. This level of ethical luxury produces truly beautiful pieces with a double feel good factor.

Decorative pillows are in themselves a blend of art and design. However, to allow them to fully integrate into your interior, play with different materials, place them near other design items or sculptures, or create tonal reflections through your choice of artworks.

Find our Where Art Meets Design Sale here!