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Migrants, Walking New York City. New York, USA (2015), JR

Migrants, Walking New York City. New York, USA (2015)


Design - 39.4 x 31.5 x 0.4 inch


CHUM Jaune, Kaws

CHUM Jaune


Design - 11.8 x 7.9 x 3.5 inch


A rabbit is shining, Yo\Ko + Ina

A rabbit is shining

Yo\Ko + Ina

Design - 9.4 x 8.7 x 6.3 inch


Petit Cheval No. 61 (a.r. 470), Pablo Picasso

Petit Cheval No. 61 (a.r. 470)

Pablo Picasso

Design - 10 x 10 x 0.8 inch


The Currency : Assiette en porcelaine fine de Chine, Damien Hirst

The Currency : Assiette en porcelaine fine de Chine

Damien Hirst

Design - 10 x 10 x 0.6 inch


Seres imaginarios (1), Óscar Seco

Seres imaginarios (1)

Óscar Seco

Design - 19.7 x 27.6 x 0 inch


Sommerso large XL artistic bowl, Jan Beranek

Sommerso large XL artistic bowl

Jan Beranek

Design - 4.7 x 13.2 x 5.7 inch


Table basse Togo, Arman

Table basse Togo


Design - 13 x 49.6 x 39.4 inch


Untitled #414 (Clowns. 2003), Cindy Sherman

Untitled #414 (Clowns. 2003)

Cindy Sherman

Design - 31.5 x 23.6 x 0.4 inch


Folkifunki - Candleholder With 3 Arms, Jaime Hayón

Folkifunki - Candleholder With 3 Arms

Jaime Hayón

Design - 11.8 x 6.7 x 7.9 inch


Free South Africa (after Keith Haring), Keith Haring

Free South Africa (after Keith Haring)

Keith Haring

Design - 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch


Tour de Babel #8 - Vase sculpture, Diane Grant

Tour de Babel #8 - Vase sculpture

Diane Grant

Design - 13 x 7.9 x 7.9 inch


Born in 1988 Blush, En Iwamura

Born in 1988 Blush

En Iwamura

Design - 9.4 x 7.1 x 7.1 inch


Vintage Red Floor Lamp, Gina Vistosi

Vintage Red Floor Lamp

Gina Vistosi

Design - 66.1 x 10.6 x 8.3 inch


The upside down vase, Piet Parra

The upside down vase

Piet Parra

Design - 9.4 x 9.4 x 9.4 inch


Sunset - Purple (after Andy Warhol), Andy Warhol

Sunset - Purple (after Andy Warhol)

Andy Warhol

Design - 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch


Skull Boutons, Papaz

Skull Boutons


Design - 20.5 x 16.9 x 2 inch


Paire d'Appliques Oeufs, Jean Perzel

Paire d'Appliques Oeufs

Jean Perzel

Design - 15.4 x 5.9 x 5.9 inch


A Wood Awakening - East VS West Edition, Juce Gace

A Wood Awakening - East VS West Edition

Juce Gace

Design - 10 x 2.4 x 2 inch


Beginning and ending (after Roger Ballen), Roger Ballen

Beginning and ending (after Roger Ballen)

Roger Ballen

Design - 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch


Vintage "Otero" Table Lamp Model 2748, Rodolfo Dordoni

Vintage "Otero" Table Lamp Model 2748

Rodolfo Dordoni

Design - 18.5 x 15.7 x 15.7 inch


Primates - Brazza Vase - Sage Green & Red, Elena Salmistraro

Primates - Brazza Vase - Sage Green & Red

Elena Salmistraro

Design - 15.7 x 10.2 x 9.4 inch


Skate unique peint recto verso, JP Malot

Skate unique peint recto verso

JP Malot

Design - 31.5 x 7.9 x 2.8 inch


Naked Raku vase black & white large, Denis Di Luca

Naked Raku vase black & white large

Denis Di Luca

Design - 11.8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inch


Light Blue Berluze Art Deco Vase, André Delatte

Light Blue Berluze Art Deco Vase

André Delatte

Design - 11.4 x 3.5 x 3.1 inch


Pair of Alfetta Table Lamps, Sergio Mazza

Pair of Alfetta Table Lamps

Sergio Mazza

Design - 10.2 x 9.8 x 36.6 inch


Pair of Vintage Copper Vases, Eugen Zint

Pair of Vintage Copper Vases

Eugen Zint

Design - 15 x 8.1 x 7.9 inch


Skateboard Padus Tabula, Rom av.JC

Skateboard Padus Tabula

Rom av.JC

Design - 31.5 x 7.9 x 0.8 inch


Three Vintage Chandeliers, Carlo Nason

Three Vintage Chandeliers

Carlo Nason

Design - 36.6 x 34.6 x 8.3 inch


Selbsporträt mit Palette (after Albert Oehlen), Albert Oehlen

Selbsporträt mit Palette (after Albert Oehlen)

Albert Oehlen

Design - 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch


Whale 12 Piece Dinner Set, Micuit

Whale 12 Piece Dinner Set


Design - 23.6 x 23.6 x 23.6 inch


Tuned 2, Shoeuzi

Tuned 2


Design - 3.5 x 3.1 x 1.1 inch


Blockz Green, Baho

Blockz Green


Design - 7.9 x 11.8 x 1.2 inch


Then we joked about how we always wanted a sunken living room (after Kelley Walker), Kelley Walker

Then we joked about how we always wanted a sunken living room (after Kelley Walker)

Kelley Walker

Design - 31.7 x 8.1 x 0.5 inch


Vintage Silver Centrepiece and Tray, Luigi Genazzi

Vintage Silver Centrepiece and Tray

Luigi Genazzi

Design - 17.3 x 15 x 12.2 inch



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, Holywood 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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