Does art distract from architecture? Dwell Magazine posed this question to me in the September/October 2017 issue after they featured many homes without art.
My thought on this goes in two directions- "I think art has a direct influence on architecture. Art collectors tend to be passionate about their collection and prioritize it during design. Alternatively, and fun in a completely different way, is when the client doesn't like art, but wants the home to be its own art."
I have designed homes for both types of clients. Some collectors buy first and think about hanging art later, only to find they are out of room. Designing a space for their large scale artwork to live makes it feel like I am gifting them a new piece of art. Clients who do not care for collection but want the home to be its own artwork make for a special and rewarding challenge in its own right.
Do you collect artwork? Or do you prefer the home to speak on its own? Tell me your story!