In honor of the birthday of surrealist artist and provocateur Salvador Dalí, known for his eye-catching, bizarre paintings that evoke a sense of magical madness and taste for the macabre, we seek inspiration and artistic ideas for interior design in his eccentric surreal landscapes .
Unforgettable and inimitable, whether you’re an art nerd or not, you’ve probably picked up on the Spanish artist’s work – from melting clocks to dreamy worlds. Dalí was a little bit of everything: painter, sculptor and filmmaker and is one of the most famous artists of all time. His highly unusual paintings, sculptures, and life-size interactive artworks remain the highlights of imaginative expression.
To celebrate his 114th birthday, we are welcoming his legacy with seven visionary design talents who are also dedicated to creating exceptional home accessories that are far from traditional aesthetics to create artistic decorating ideas for fascinating spaces in your home.
The minds behind her eponymous lifestyle brand and interior design firm, Kelly Wearstler’s decorative objects, lighting fixtures and furniture, make a strong case for adding a touch of surreality to a well-appointed interior with a sense of drama.
Wearstler’s collectibles are large and unique in their construction. They are envious add-ons that are sure to become lifelong conversation starters. Bring their design features into your own home by finding pieces that play with tradition with beautifully rendered iterations.
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The creative genius Jaime Hayón, who lives in Spain, pursues characteristically playful approaches to interior design and decorative objects that are unique in every respect. From a series of high-profile collaborations with Lladro and Ceasarstone to commercial projects such as Barceló Torre de Madrid (above), Hayón’s childish interpretation of classic extras are a good starting point for those looking for artistic interior design ideas.
His blank-faced zebra-crossed bear statue (a symbol of Madrid) at Barceló Torre greets guests with enigmatic amusement – the epitome of beautifully surreal design that comes to life.
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Known for avant-garde deconstructed fashion, Maison Margiela has quietly created ingenious, thought-provoking objects and wallpapers that reflect the fashion house’s minimal store interior.
Think of stark white, sparse gray tones, subdued silver and fresh accents of vintage furnishings that have been reinterpreted with an initially DIY feel and yet have been constructed with expert craftsmanship. We’re big fans of their Trompe l’oiel wallpaper (above), which is printed to look like a molded part from the Victorian era.
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Johnathan Adler is a household name for design enthusiasts known for its colorful kitsch that picks up on the Hollywood Regency and mid-century modern. He also specializes in high-design, surreal objects that deliver a cerebral blow.
And while an oversized foot sculpture or hand may not be an option for you, Adler also creates a wide variety of small decorative objects and trinkets that you can incorporate in small doses for a touch of surrealism.
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Although there has been a range of housewares since the 1970s, Gucci Décor has recently been re-launched with a range of decorative objects and furniture featuring the Italian home’s popular design motifs of tigers, snakes and iconic Gucci Garden flowers under the direction of Creative Director Alessandro Michele a touch of surreality.
While Gucci is quite maximal in its approach to artistic interior design ideas, it strongly advocates getting bold and dramatic with pieces that can easily bring a room to life. And luckily, vintage Gucci Décor pieces are easy to find on eBay for under $ 100.
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The Italian company Seletti was founded in 1964 and brilliantly pushes the boundaries of contemporary decor with a range of typical objects that have been cleverly reinterpreted with a confident and beautifully realized nod and wink.
From the conversation starter lamp in the shape of peeled bananas to flying monkey sculptures, get inspired by the glorious free spirited nature of Seletti’s collectibles and approach artistic furnishing ideas with a similar playful, joyful sense of freedom by sourcing pieces that are humorous though , are characterized by impeccable craftsmanship.
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The Italian painter, sculptor and engraver Piero Fornasetti, often referred to as the man who created a thousand decorative black and white plates with the face of the same woman wearing the same expression with splashes of color, established an enduring reputation as a designer with a style that was clearly his own.
While Fornasetti is another household name among design-minded fiends, his work is often easier to achieve thanks to a range of scented candles and a range of smaller objects that allow you to add a touch of surrealism to even the smallest of spaces. If you are looking for classic silhouettes, such as a rounded urn or a typical teapot adorned with unexpected illustrations, adding a touch of humor and provocation to different areas of your home by considering artistic decorating ideas that you are going for can easily move any budget.
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