Fine art is the nucleus of inspiration for so much of the best design – whether it responds to the stylistic traits of the painters of the past or involves creating sculptural furniture and objects that are just as expressive as something from a gallery. In addition, designers are working with an increasingly sophisticated client base who see art as central to a dynamic interior, providing context and meaning that underpin decor. The interior design not only complements the fine art; in many cases it is so distinctive and beautifully crafted that it can act as a substitute for it, too.
Pictured (top to bottom) are Fromental’s ‘Braque’ wallcovering, a collaged design inspired by the work of Georges Braque; ‘Kinship’ wallcovering from Phillip Jeffries, which takes a similar approach, with artisanal layered paper; a sculptural ‘Karl’ table and ‘Frank’ lamp by Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd; ‘Shaman’ wallcovering by Pierre Frey, the artwork for which was a collaboration with the National School of Decorative Arts in Paris; and an example from Savoir Beds’ collaboration with Andrew Martin and The National Gallery – any painting in the gallery can now be transposed to a bed.
Fromental, Third Floor, Centre & South Domes
Phillip Jeffries, Second Floor, North Dome
Paolo Moschino for Nicholas Haslam Ltd, Second Floor, South Dome
Pierre Frey, First Floor, Design Centre East
Savoir Beds, First Floor, South Dome