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Design

Design within the confines of art history is a creative activity or object, most frequently with an industrial or commercial undertone. Objects made under the heading of design are often a reflection of social, political, scientific, and environmental causes. Design has been used as a means to solve problems, as a fundamental objective behind the medium is to create new possibilities or to improve a process. These objects typically are immersive, including an element of interaction between the user and the material itself. At the crux of it all, creators have turned to design as a means to improve the quality of life for humankind. Design is also multidisciplinarity to its core and has been nourished by the arts for centuries.

Design has evidently evolved since its conception. Highly influenced by societal issues and politics, as well as parallel art movements, design objects reflect the period from which they were made. Although similar, it is important to distinguish the difference between design and Decorative Arts, a 19th-century movement known for the creation of art objects. In the century that followed, art and design were undeniably affected by global turmoil and politics, impacting artists universally, resulting in the birth of an array of art movements.

The 20th-century was a period of tremendous artistic upheaval. Design, art, performance, and theater were all tremendously impacted by the two world wars and the Cold War. On top of this, society was rapidly evolving, with rising social and political movements, such as voting rights and women's suffrage. As the world continued to change and progress, so did the world of art. Design belonged to many, if not all, of the major art movements of the 20th-century; including, Art Nouveau, Modernism, Surrealism, Art Deco, Bauhaus, and Postmodernism.

Design continued to evolve into the 21st century, paving the way for contemporary design. There are various misconceptions when it comes to contemporary design. Typically, confusion comes into place when the lines are blurred between the terms “design" and “style." Many use these words interchangeably, but it is important to note the distinguishing factors. Style is part of the design process. Once you have designed the functionality of the piece you are part of the way to the final design. Beyond this, creators will often ponder the definition of design in the 21st century. Designers and artists have drawn upon various 20th-century movements, such as Mid-Century Modern, Scandinavian Minimalism, and even, Hollwood Regenycy.

Some people oppose the idea that design objects can be considered works of art. However, the borders are porous as some of them emphasize artistic features and are singular and unique. Like artists, designers imagine their pieces as personal creations or are released in limited quantities. Their works are often a means to express their visions of the world. It is important to note that collaborations between artists and designers reinforce the links between these two universes, animated by the same search for beauty. Discover a carefully chosen selection of design objects that span an array of movements, from the past to the present!

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Richard Orlinski, Bear Spirit, Design

Richard Orlinski

Bear Spirit, 2021 13 x 8 x 8 cm Design

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Richard Orlinski, Pac-Man rouge, Design

Richard Orlinski

Pac-Man rouge, 2021 15 x 16 x 18 cm Design

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Reda Amalou, Tripode Or, Design

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Tripode Or, 2019 4 x 34 x 15 cm Design

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Nikola Georgiev, Wings, Design

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Wings, 2021 50 x 135 x 10 cm Design

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Ben, Série de 6 assiettes en porcelaine, Ben série 1998, Design

Ben

Série de 6 assiettes en porcelaine, Ben série 1998, 1998 53 x 79.5 x 15 cm Design

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Diane Grant, Cerberus - Vase sculpture, Design

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Cerberus - Vase sculpture, 2022 27 x 13 x 12 cm Design

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Thomas Defour, Magaud, Design

Thomas Defour

Magaud, 2022 86 x 58 x 3.5 cm Design

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Arman, Les cadres éclatés (Série de 6 assiettes), Design

Arman

Les cadres éclatés (Série de 6 assiettes), 1998 55 x 82.5 x 12 cm Design

$1,257

Julien Lebbihi, Vase graffiti, Design

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Vase graffiti, 2019 24 x 12 x 12 cm Design

$1,257

Miloslav Klinger, Citrin Vase, Design

Miloslav Klinger

Citrin Vase, 1960 26.5 x 14 x 6 cm Design

$188

Our recommendations Jan Ernst, Lampe Womb II, Design

Jan Ernst

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Léa Ferling, Lune, Design

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Our recommendations (a.o.t.), Pennoni Alloy 6060 (IV), Design

(a.o.t.)

Pennoni Alloy 6060 (IV), 2022 80 x 55 x 48 cm Design

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Fabrice Hyber, Triple Balance, Design

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Triple Balance, 2022 6.2 x 17.3 x 17.3 cm Design

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Stefano Mazzolini, CCV, Design

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CCV, 2020 120 x 80 x 4 cm Design

$838

Pien Post, Knot I, Design

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Knot I, 2021 50 x 23 x 7 cm Design

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Maria Mueller Atelier, Seeking Calm - No 8, Design

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Seeking Calm - No 8, 2021 15 x 15 x 1 cm Design

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Raphaël Galley, Mobilophone, Design

Raphaël Galley

Mobilophone, 2020 15 x 40 x 20 cm Design

$3,665

Jon Puzzuoli, Queen Florence, Design

Jon Puzzuoli

Queen Florence, 2021 40.6 x 27.9 x 27.9 cm Design

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Camille Piaton, Promenons-nous dans les bois, Design

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Promenons-nous dans les bois, 2018 130 x 90 x 75 cm Design

$4,136

Clément Rougelot, Bau rouge, Design

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Bau rouge, 2021 84 x 77 x 89 cm Design

$2,932

Johann Loetz Witwe, Loetz ornamental shell Zephir Chiné ca. 1897, Design

Johann Loetz Witwe

Loetz ornamental shell Zephir Chiné ca. 1897, 1900 30 x 14 x 14 cm Design

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Werkstätte Hagenauer, Brass tray, Design

Werkstätte Hagenauer

Brass tray, 1940 4 x 26 x 26 cm Design

$1,257

Catherine Clare (Khépra), Vase gris nervuré, Design

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Vase gris nervuré, 2008 30 x 12 x 10 cm Design

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Vadim Void, Creep Walk, Design

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Creep Walk, 2021 54 x 50 x 4.5 cm Design

$1,238

Gustav Gurschner, Bronze vase Gustav Gurschner Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca., Design

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Bronze vase Gustav Gurschner Kunst-Erzgiesserei ca., 1903 32 x 13 x 13 cm Design

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Sven Rusti, Mini Pingu, Design

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Mini Pingu, 2021 57 x 25 x 47 cm Design

$1,885

Haus Otto, Please Stand Up, Design

Haus Otto

Please Stand Up, 2018 57 x 27 x 40 cm Design

$995

Hilbertas Jatkevicius, Tooth Brown leg, Design

Hilbertas Jatkevicius

Tooth Brown leg, 2022 18 x 11 x 9 cm Design

$230

Yasemin Yenigün Bakiri, Pray, Design

Yasemin Yenigün Bakiri

Pray, 2011 33.5 x 17 x 17 cm Design

$1,047

Caroline Vis, Art Painting/ Art Table "Deep Blue", Design

Caroline Vis

Art Painting/ Art Table "Deep Blue", 2022 137 x 76 x 2 cm Design

$3,665

Yoshitomo Nara, Untitled, Design

Yoshitomo Nara

Untitled, 2010 80 x 60 cm Design

$1,188

Jean-Christophe Belaud, Only One | Electric Blue, Design

Jean-Christophe Belaud

Only One | Electric Blue, 2021 50 x 50 x 3 cm Design

$1,571

ZMK glass, Money tunnel, Design

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Money tunnel, 2020 240 x 240 x 30 cm Design

$68,064

Dylan Casasnovas, Josian, Design

Dylan Casasnovas

Josian, 2021 89 x 50 x 70 cm Design

$628

Guillaume Piéchaud, Tabouret sirène avec écailles Ed. 2017, Design

Guillaume Piéchaud

Tabouret sirène avec écailles Ed. 2017, 2017 60 x 54 x 28 cm Design

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Madeleine Colaço, Tabac, Design

Madeleine Colaço

Tabac, 1998 131 x 165 x 1 cm Design

$15,183

Josef Hospodka, Artistic Vase, Design

Josef Hospodka

Artistic Vase, 1950 17 x 11 x 11 cm Design

$209

Our recommendations Xanthe Somers, Bitter Sweet, Design

Xanthe Somers

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Irena Tone, Cactus, Design

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Cactus, 2020 110 x 40 x 40 cm Design

$3,750

Jean Arriau, Trésor, Design

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Trésor, 2022 45 x 120 x 55 cm Design

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Our recommendations Gergana Stoyanova, Movement, Design

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Jean-Jacques André, Table de chevet Pop Art/Street Art /Bleu, Design

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Table de chevet Pop Art/Street Art /Bleu, 2022 60 x 40 x 21 cm Design

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Cristian Toublanc, Coupelle, Design

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Coupelle, 1988 8 x 14 x 14 cm Design

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Franz Hagenauer, African child on island, Design

Franz Hagenauer

African child on island, 1936 24.5 x 15 x 17 cm Design

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Studio Joachim-Morineau, Mini Arceo, Design

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Mini Arceo, 2022 35 x 25 x 15 cm Design

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Solène Bonnet, Flesh factory, Design

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Flesh factory, 2021 80 x 60 x 14 cm Design

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Luigi Santi, Whack!, Design

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Whack!, 1981 22 x 9 x 9 cm Design

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Josef Hoffmann, Writing Case, Design

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Writing Case, 1924 29.7 x 23.4 x 2 cm Design

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Louis Comfort Tiffany, Vase Louis C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios NY ca., Design

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Humberto da Mata, Orgus Chair N.03, Design

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Orgus Chair N.03, 2022 75 x 85 x 54 cm Design

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Claire Cosnefroy, Sans-titre ( Petite Lampe de table ), Design

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Sans-titre ( Petite Lampe de table ), 2022 20 x 21 x 18 cm Design

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Fallenfruit, From the Garden and Field, commissioned by the V&A, Design

Fallenfruit

From the Garden and Field, commissioned by the V&A, 2019 140 x 120 cm Design

$408

Julia Gorbunova, Shades of blue, Design

Julia Gorbunova

Shades of blue, 2021 86 x 80 x 1.5 cm Design

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Fabien Guillermier, Table d'appoint Nénuphar, Design

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Table d'appoint Nénuphar, 2022 47 x 50 x 50 cm Design

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Jessie Derogy, Adfluentia V, Design

Jessie Derogy

Adfluentia V, 2020 25 x 28.5 x 28.5 cm Design

$314

Gerlach & Heilig, Hammered Tray 03, Design

Gerlach & Heilig

Hammered Tray 03, 2022 36 x 13 x 2 cm Design

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Juliana Maurer, Stena N.05, Design

Juliana Maurer

Stena N.05, 2022 28 x 23 x 17 cm Design

$482

JL, Alarm clock réveil cocaine Chanel, Design

JL

Alarm clock réveil cocaine Chanel, 2022 13 x 13 x 16 cm Design

$262

Vincent Lamouroux, Fauteuil, Design

Vincent Lamouroux

Fauteuil, 2020 86.4 x 75.6 x 54 cm Design

$3,456

Georgi Velikov, Composition 1, Design

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Composition 1, 2022 85 x 23 x 17 cm Design

$3,665

AuchKatzStudio, Écueil vase, Design

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Écueil vase, 2021 26 x 20 x 19 cm Design

$576

Kymia, L'Offrande, Design

Kymia

L'Offrande, 2022 91 x 71 x 45 cm Design

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Lois Sattler, Candle Holders in Stacked Squares of Matte Steel Grey, Capped in Brilliant Gold Luster, Design

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Candle Holders in Stacked Squares of Matte Steel Grey, Capped in Brilliant Gold Luster, 2021 10.2 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm Design

$350

Ying Chang, Frozen Fountain, Design

Ying Chang

Frozen Fountain, 2019 30 x 40 x 15 cm Design

$813

Studio Groovido, Castingland - Mirror frames, Design

Studio Groovido

Castingland - Mirror frames, 2022 120 x 120 x 5 cm Design

$4,031

Jodi Pedri, Little Frenchie, Design

Jodi Pedri

Little Frenchie, 2022 50.8 x 50.8 x 0.5 cm Design

$400

Chiel Kuijl, Floating Divan, Design

Chiel Kuijl

Floating Divan, 2018 127 x 110 x 40 cm Design

$4,084

Otto Prutscher, Blue wineglass Otto Prutscher Meyr's Neffe ca., Design

Otto Prutscher

Blue wineglass Otto Prutscher Meyr's Neffe ca., 1908 21 x 8 x 8 cm Design

$14,660

Camille Chastang, Sous les apparences poétiques, Design

Camille Chastang

Sous les apparences poétiques, 2022 30 x 30 x 4 cm Design

$681

Anne Ghez, Boite lumineuse ocean, Design

Anne Ghez

Boite lumineuse ocean, 2020 32 x 23.5 x 7 cm Design

$618

Max Kruger, Chandelier Max Kruger-Berlin ca., Design

Max Kruger

Chandelier Max Kruger-Berlin ca., 1923 80 x 64 x 64 cm Design

$9,948

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