So often the line between furniture and art, the very thinnest of lines to begin with, can become so thin as to disappear altogether. Through the annals of history, great furniture designs and designers have been lauded more as art and artist, than mere craft and craftsman.
The same holds true today, even as the proverbial dividing line may have widened a little, as the great corporate machines churn out mass productions of pragmatic and functional furniture, there still remain those few visionaries, nay, artists, of the furniture world, whose finished pieces are as much a work of art as they are furniture.
Dynamic furniture maker Hervé Van der Straeten is a perfect example.
Last week in Chelsea, the opening night of a new 35-piece collection from the Paris-based furniture designer lit up the 15,000-square-foot loft space at Pucci International, among the finest furniture galleries in the United States, why not have a look for yourself…
Van der Straeten is known for designing pieces for wealthy clients, items such as this lacquered bronze and marble console, which goes for $88,000.
The white of this, Buffett Cicolore, is actually parchment.
A series of mirrors gave the show a reflective vibe.
Van der Straeten’s Miroir Nebuleuse is made of anodized aluminum with a gilt patina bronze frame. The mirror is curved. The price to the design trade us $29,100.
Various Van der Straeten pieces were scattered about the 15,000-square-foot loft space.
The Tabouret Capsule is a decorative and sculptural seat that would look good in any setting.