Art from any era needs complementary furniture and decorative arts when hung in a domestic environment, rather than in the abstract surroundings of a museum or gallery. The balance between works of art, furniture and decorative art is a complex dialogue in which art and design are assembled in concert yet preserve their individual strengths and identities. In this distinguished New York collection, arranged and hung in large, pale rooms, major canvases from post-war masters including Rothko, de Kooning and Brice Marden were assembled with design ranging from 1930s pieces such as the pair of side chairs from Eugene Printz in patinated copper to a ‘Rodo’ armchair in limed oak and leather from Paul Rodocanachi for Jean-Michel Frank. These juxtapositions provide differing but effective foils for the art on the walls, creating harmony and visual coherence in an elegant whole.
Main Image:Brice Marden (b. 1938), Blue Horizontal.© 2015 Brice Marden / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York