Furnishings Inspired By Art

Today’s post comes from an article from the New York Times about furniture that is inspired by art – enjoy!

“After,” a collection of eight furniture pieces and two wallpaper patterns by the interior designer Kelly Behun and her colleague, Alex P. White, currently on exhibit at R20th Century, pays tribute to the artists, living and dead, who have influenced them.

Their After Victor cocktail table (above), for example, with its hallucinatory black-and-white motif, was inspired by the work of Victor Vasarely, the Hungarian-born French artist often called the father of Op-Art. The design incorporates “some of the optical properties of his art, to make your eyes dance,” said Ms. Behun, who added that she and Mr. White are also fans of 1970s cocktail tables.

The designers modified an original Vasarely pattern and laminated the result between sheets of glass. Because the surface of the hand-forged steel table is on two levels, “as you walk by it, it seems to change, and it changes depending on what you put it on,” Ms. Behun said.

The 40-inch-square table sells for $12,000 in an edition of 10. Through Oct. 27 at 82 Franklin Street (Church Street), (212) 343-7979 or r20thcentury.com.

Until next time – Dan @ Wood Menders

A version of this article appeared in print on September 20, 2012, on page D3 of the New York edition with the headline: Furnishings Inspired by Art. By ELAINE LOUIE http://www.nytimes.com/2012/09/20/garden/furnishings-by-kelly-behun-and-alex-p-white-on-display-at-r20th-century.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rss&_moc.semityn.www