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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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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

$1,400

Our recommendations Jan Ernst, Lampe Womb II, Design

Jan Ernst

Lampe Womb II, 2022 50 x 45 x 22 cm Design

$1,866

Our recommendations Haus Otto, Please Stand Up, Design

Haus Otto

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

$985

Ti'Ou, Tableau 3D hippocampe, Design

Ti'Ou

Tableau 3D hippocampe, 2022 60 x 40 x 3 cm Design

$1,027

Richard Orlinski, Bear Spirit, Design

Richard Orlinski

Bear Spirit, 2021 13 x 8 x 8 cm Design

$601

Pien Post, Knot I, Design

Pien Post

Knot I, 2021 50 x 23 x 7 cm Design

$975

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

$1,244

Reda Amalou, Ella, decorative box, Design

Reda Amalou

Ella, decorative box, 2016 6.5 x 33 x 23 cm Design

$513

Irena Tone, Cactus, Design

Irena Tone

Cactus, 2020 110 x 40 x 40 cm Design

$3,690

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

$1,244

Our recommendations Xanthe Somers, Bitter Sweet, Design

Xanthe Somers

Bitter Sweet, 2022 94 x 54 x 28 cm Design

$2,903

Tanya Klyat, Oysters, Design

Tanya Klyat

Oysters, 2018 12 x 36 x 3 cm Design

$1,046

Hilbertas Jatkevicius, Tooth Brown leg, Design

Hilbertas Jatkevicius

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

$228

Sven Rusti, Mini Pingu, Design

Sven Rusti

Mini Pingu, 2021 57 x 25 x 47 cm Design

$1,866

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

Gustav Gurschner

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

$16,383

Titien, Lampe Mini Building Jaune, Design

Titien

Lampe Mini Building Jaune, 2020 35 x 12 x 12 cm Design

$1,452

Diane Grant, Cerberus - Vase sculpture, Design

Diane Grant

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

$1,659

Johann Loetz Witwe, Loetz vase decor Olympia ca., Design

Johann Loetz Witwe

Loetz vase decor Olympia ca., 1901 25.8 x 13.5 x 13.5 cm Design

$3,007

Gomor, Chaise pliante LV Originale, Design

Gomor

Chaise pliante LV Originale, 2021 80 x 48 x 46 cm Design

$4,666

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

Louis Comfort Tiffany

Vase Louis C. Tiffany, Tiffany Studios NY ca., 1902 41 x 12 x 12 cm Design

$3,318

Gerlach & Heilig, Hammered Tray 03, Design

Gerlach & Heilig

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

$176

AuchKatzStudio, Écueil vase, Design

AuchKatzStudio

Écueil vase, 2021 26 x 20 x 19 cm Design

$570

Kymia, L'Offrande, Design

Kymia

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

$4,562

Studio Groovido, Castingland - Mirror frames, Design

Studio Groovido

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

$3,992

Solène Bonnet, Flesh factory, Design

Solène Bonnet

Flesh factory, 2021 80 x 60 x 14 cm Design

$4,230

Anne Ghez, Boite lumineuse ocean, Design

Anne Ghez

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

$612

Our recommendations Hélène Labadie, Homer Lamp, Design

Hélène Labadie

Homer Lamp, 2022 24 x 20 x 5 cm Design

$1,452

Julia Gorbunova, Shades of blue, Design

Julia Gorbunova

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

$2,023

Camille Chastang, Sous les apparences poétiques, Design

Camille Chastang

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

$674

Anton Laborde, Rivages d'Egypte (Miroir Vertical), Design

Anton Laborde

Rivages d'Egypte (Miroir Vertical), 2022 180 x 70 x 4.4 cm Design

$9,228

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

Lois Sattler

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

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

Claire Cosnefroy

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

$394

Josef Hoffmann, Smoker's set Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte ca., Design

Josef Hoffmann

Smoker's set Josef Hoffmann Wiener Werkstatte ca., 1923 32 x 32 x 32 cm Design

$18,664

Our recommendations Studio Joachim-Morineau, Mini Arceo, Design

Studio Joachim-Morineau

Mini Arceo, 2022 35 x 25 x 15 cm Design

$378

Werkstätte Hagenauer, Brass tray, Design

Werkstätte Hagenauer

Brass tray, 1940 4 x 26 x 26 cm Design

$1,244

Nikola Georgiev, Wings, Design

Nikola Georgiev

Wings, 2021 50 x 135 x 10 cm Design

$1,348

Thomas Defour, Magaud, Design

Thomas Defour

Magaud, 2022 86 x 58 x 3.5 cm Design

$1,244

Julien Lebbihi, Vase graffiti, Design

Julien Lebbihi

Vase graffiti, 2019 24 x 12 x 12 cm Design

$1,244

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

Max Kruger

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

$9,850

Otto Wagner, Oval table Otto Wagner attr. Thonet ca., Design

Otto Wagner

Oval table Otto Wagner attr. Thonet ca., 1905 78 x 130 x 89 cm Design

$8,295

Franz Haegele, Chandelier Franz Haegele Schwintzer & Gräff Berlin ca., Design

Franz Haegele

Chandelier Franz Haegele Schwintzer & Gräff Berlin ca., 1925 115 x 52 x 52 cm Design

$9,125

Dagobert Peche, Mirror Dagobert Peche Wiener Werkstatte ca., Design

Dagobert Peche

Mirror Dagobert Peche Wiener Werkstatte ca., 1922 47.5 x 46 x 9 cm Design

$67,397

Koloman Moser, Documented Jugendstil Carnet de bal Koloman Moser J. Souval Vienna, Design

Koloman Moser

Documented Jugendstil Carnet de bal Koloman Moser J. Souval Vienna, 1901 16 x 77 x 2 cm Design

$6,014

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

$14,516

Michael Powolny, Putto Papageno Michael Powolny Wienerberger ca. 1916/17, Design

Michael Powolny

Putto Papageno Michael Powolny Wienerberger ca. 1916/17, 1916 82 x 50 x 40 cm Design

$70,508

Yoshitomo Nara, Untitled, Design

Yoshitomo Nara

Untitled, 2010 80 x 60 cm Design

$1,169

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

Jean-Christophe Belaud

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

$1,555

Franz Hagenauer, African child on island, Design

Franz Hagenauer

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

$3,836

Freia Achenbach, Big Spectator, Design

Freia Achenbach

Big Spectator, 2020 200 x 233 x 33 cm Design

$13,573

Josef Hospodka, Artistic Vase, Design

Josef Hospodka

Artistic Vase, 1950 17 x 11 x 11 cm Design

$207 $189

Our recommendations Jessie Derogy, Adfluentia I, Design

Jessie Derogy

Adfluentia I, 2020 51 x 59 x 59 cm Design

$726

Miloslav Klinger, Citrin Vase, Design

Miloslav Klinger

Citrin Vase, 1960 26.5 x 14 x 6 cm Design

Sold

Maria Mueller Atelier, Seeking Calm - No 8, Design

Maria Mueller Atelier

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

$572

Léa Ferling, Lune, Design

Léa Ferling

Lune, 2022 38 x 36 x 36 cm Design

$394

Our recommendations Gergana Stoyanova, Movement, Design

Gergana Stoyanova

Movement, 2021 70 x 50 x 4 cm Design

$2,986

Fabien Guillermier, Table d'appoint Nénuphar, Design

Fabien Guillermier

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

$1,970

Humberto da Mata, Orgus Chair N.03, Design

Humberto da Mata

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

$3,888

Juliana Maurer, Stena N.05, Design

Juliana Maurer

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

$477

Vincent Lamouroux, Fauteuil, Design

Vincent Lamouroux

Fauteuil, 2020 86.4 x 75.6 x 54 cm Design

$3,422

Camille Piaton, Nid d'oiseau, Design

Camille Piaton

Nid d'oiseau, 2018 110 x 60 x 100 cm Design

$3,318

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

$404

JL, Alarm clock réveil cocaine Chanel, Design

JL

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

$259

Clément Rougelot, Bau rouge, Design

Clément Rougelot

Bau rouge, 2022 84 x 77 x 89 cm Design

$2,903

Cristian Toublanc, Coupelle, Design

Cristian Toublanc

Coupelle, 1988 8 x 14 x 14 cm Design

$249

Georgi Velikov, Composition 1, Design

Georgi Velikov

Composition 1, 2022 85 x 23 x 17 cm Design

$3,629

Fabrice Hyber, Triple Balance, Design

Fabrice Hyber

Triple Balance, 2022 6.2 x 17.3 x 17.3 cm Design

$15,553

Catherine Clare (Khépra), Vase gris nervuré, Design

Catherine Clare (Khépra)

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

$726

Luigi Santi, Whack!, Design

Luigi Santi

Whack!, 1981 22 x 9 x 9 cm Design

$103

Jérôme Durand, Ebullition Chic, Design

Jérôme Durand

Ebullition Chic, 2022 71 x 71 x 9 cm Design

$2,592

Dylan Casasnovas, Josian, Design

Dylan Casasnovas

Josian, 2021 89 x 50 x 70 cm Design

$622

Ying Chang, Frozen Fountain, Design

Ying Chang

Frozen Fountain, 2019 30 x 40 x 15 cm Design

$805

Karl Kox, Andy Clock #2, Design

Karl Kox

Andy Clock #2, 2022 34 x 34 x 6 cm Design

$311

Jodi Pedri, Little Frenchie, Design

Jodi Pedri

Little Frenchie, 2022 50.8 x 50.8 x 0.5 cm Design

$400

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