My Favorites from The Salon: Art + Design

Steven Gambrel
Nov 6, 2013 10:59PM

While all of the selections are 20th Century, each of these creators were inspired by traditional forms but reimagined them in a modern way. Each piece would speak well on its own but would work even better grouped with the others in a room.

I have always loved Andre Sornay because work always feels refined but artful, and his use of nails as applied decoration reads as iconic.

George Washington MaherPair of andirons from the reception room of the Rockledge Estate, circa 1912, at Bernard Goldberg Fine Art

Franz KlineUntitled, circa 1952, at James Goodman Gallery

Émile DecoeurGroup of Émile Decoeur Vases and Bowls, 1901-1930, at Jason Jacques Inc.  

Group of Émile Decoeur Vases and Bowls, 1901-1930
Jason Jacques Inc.

Axel Einar HjorthDining table, Utö, 1930s, at Modernity  

Dining table, Utö, 1930's

Axel Einar HjorthOccasional table, Utö, 1932, at Modernity    

Occasional table, Utö, 1932

André SornayFour bridges armchair, circa 1935, at Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

Four bridges armchair, ca. 1935
Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

André SornayOne umbrella stand with a mirror, circa 1936, at Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

André SornayDesk with three drawers, circa 1939, at Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

Desk with three drawers, ca. 1939
Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

My number one tip for a new design collector:

Collecting really good examples of someone’s work, even if it is a lesser known artist or artisan, is much better than collecting pieces of lesser quality from better known creators.

Designers to watch in 2014:

I am looking forward to exploring this at the Salon!

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Steven Gambrel