Contemporary auctions for design objects have been fetching prices that rival great artworks. These pieces are typically sitting on the same auction block. Where can one draw the line between a utilitarian design object and an artistic expression? Probably in the production quantity. Limited edition pieces by sought-after designers have the singularity of fine art, although the purpose of limited edition design objects can typically be attributed to bumping up a price tag.
There’s a good synopsis of five design-as-art movements at ARTINFO. They touch upon The Wiener Werkstätte, The Bauhaus, American Studio, Memphis, and Functional Art.
Some representative pieces:
Josef Hoffman, of the The Wiener Werkstätte
Marianne Brandt, of the Bauhaus
George Nakashima, of the American Studio
Ettore Sottsass, of Memphis (an Italian movement)
Tom Dixon, of Functional Art
Living in graduate student housing isn’t all that glamorous… the architecture and interior design of my temporary living situation is new and clean, but lacks any semblance of taste, character, or style. The most frustrating thing is knowing that a much better solution could have been realized at the same cost or even cheaper. Also, I know I’ll get fined if I try to change anything… I would stay in school indefinitely if it meant living in a dorm room imagined by Le Corbusier and Perriand!