DO NOT SIT
… even if you really want to. Since Duchamp decided that a bicycle wheel would be the perfect match for a white bench, contemporary art started being intrigued by all the stories that a piece of furniture encloses.
Once in a while, artists create elaborated still lives where a common chair is the teaser for their endless quest for (un)perfection. Strangely familiar but still detached from reality, these installations show us how design can meet art in a million ways.
From the hands of masters like Joseph Beuys' — with his “Fat Chair” — or Bruno Munari (and the “Singer Chair for Very Brief Visits”) seats started to make their own statements inside museums besides being the oasis where one can rest after hours of art strolling. The line that separates art and design becomes very dimmed when one finds the work of Allan Wexler or Florence Doléac — their inventive chairs could be displayed in any exquisite living room.
But what we secretly wish is that one day all the museum guards will potentially sit day after day on the new installation of an upcoming bright artist.