For most people, art is hung on walls. And many of us think you have to go to an art gallery to see it - rarely do we think of it as hanging on our very own four walls. And even more startling, we would never think of furniture as art - especially, in our own home. Well, let me say this ladies and gentlemen, furniture may be the most special piece of art you can own and enjoy if you open your mind to it!
Furniture gives a room personality - it sets the mood and can say everything you can't..and if you don't believe us, just take a look at this stunningly bold Harp chair by Jorgen Hovelskov.
Jorgen Hovelskov was a Danish visual artist born in 1935 that emerged from the golden age of Danish furniture architects and designers. The Harp chair was one of the many highlights of his career. It was first exhibited in 1963 and achieved the highest award for best design. Many of Hovelskov's pieces are sought after by art collectors, furniture designers and those with a taste for the unusual. As a result, several of his pieces have also been mass produced and are in the marketplace as duplicates of his original work. All original Harp Chairs have been handcrafted and produced in Denmark.
Now, the Harp chair comes with a price tag that can make you think twice. And we're here to tell you that furniture is worth the investment - especially, if and when you find that one piece that will complete your room. For example, a statement piece of furniture such as the one above is not only a conversation piece but it becomes a focal point for all the other details within the room. The art of design isn't about having every piece of furniture be an original by a famous designer - (although, if it can be how amazing!) but instead about integrating key pieces with your everyday go-to's in any space.
The Harp chair above sits on a handmade rug from India that we found at a fantastic end of the season clearance at Pottery Barn - it is one of their indoor/outdoor rugs and we thought that the architectural design of the Harp chair (being so open and transparent) there would be no better way to compliment the two than to display one piece with the other. And if you ask us, we think it's a match made in heaven! The art displayed as a backdrop to our Harp chair is an original by a local Edmonton artist, who had an exhibition at the University of Alberta a few years ago. It's a strong and bold image, that is still elegant and simple - much like the Harp chair itself. These elements play off each other like a back and forth tennis match, and that is exactly how interior design should be. Challenged and balanced. Intriguing yet beautiful.
So if you don't know any famous furniture designers, or your budget just doesn't allow you to dream in that way yet - don't be discouraged. Art comes in many shapes and forms and the art we admire evolves throughout our life times.
The best part about art is that it becomes an expression of us. It can be a print, an oil painting, an Indian rug, or a beautifully handmade piece of furniture. Art is only always between you and YOU!
P.S. One of the biggest misconceptions regarding the Harp chair is that it's only to be gawked at - it's beautiful, but I am sure it is uncomfortable! FALSE! The Harp chair was truly designed by a furniture designer first and then by an artist second. Hovelskov ensured comfort did not come at the cost of creative design. So there you have it everyone, proof that you can have your cake and eat it too!