Bathroom Ideas: Embrace Art
Does art imitate life or does life imitate art? A question about as old as “to be or not to be?”, but, unlike the Shakesperian dilemma, the answer to this one is quite simple: both. We created art, as we know it today, in order to have the means to express our notion of what isn’t palpable, or even possible to see – read: religious figures. And as such, art imitated life for a long time. In turn, art then went on to sculpt its own existence, influencing the way we perceive our surroundings.
That influence takes many shapes, one of them being decor inspiration. Art pieces have served as decorative items for as long as they have existed, but they can also be an inspiration for furniture pieces that, at first glance, might not immediately be identified as artistic. In order to give you some art-based bathroom ideas, we picked a handful of art movements and pieces that, intentionally or not, were inspired by the spirit of these movements:
Established in the 18th century, the Rococo art movement was “bling” before bling even existed. Inspired by the lavishness of the aristocratic lifestyle, the Rococo movement is an ode to luxury – and by luxury, we mean ornamentation. The concept of “over the top” is unknown, nay, unexistent. In fact, the more the merrier.
And if there’s any washbasin out there more ornated than the Crochet Washbasin, we’re yet to find it. Luxury bathroom ideas peak with this stunning piece. An absolutely staggering washbasin, the Crochet is covered in brass crochet details, created using traditional Portuguese knitting techniques. It is then topped off with classic taps and stands upon glorious french-style feet, making it worthy of Marie Antoinette’s quarters.
Impressionism surfaced as an art movement in the 19th century. Impressionism steps away from the immaculate detail Realism presented and instead opts for a more sensational approach, placing the artist’s sensitivity over the exact replication of the exterior world, thus creating more emotional and sensorial pieces.
Just like Monet transported us to nature through the senses, so did the Yoho Stool. Inspired by the Yoho National Park, this marble stool reveals a scaled and rough texture throughout its body, only softening up right at the top, taking us on a tactile journey, even just by looking at it.
Starting off the 20th century right, Cubism appeared. In the Cubism movement, artists fragmented images into geometric shapes, creating a deconstructed picture. As such, artistic pieces became a combination of three and two-dimensional forms, creating a dynamic visual experience.
This movement, above all, challenged the preconceived notions of how to depict space – which is exactly the case with the Bryce Side Table as well. With rounded cut-outs that reveal a cream-colored interior, this fiberglass side table is a piece to be examined and picked apart, much like cubism’s artworks.
Making its debut in the early 19th century and extending well into the mid-century, Surrealism transformed the art world. At the core of this art movement, was the desire to access the unconscious, then translating it into artistic expression. Throwing rationalism and realism out the window, Surrealists focused on imagination, which they believed was suppressed by the national mind.
Broadening the mind’s horizons, Maison Valentina’s designers created the Kumi Mirror. This spectacular hammered brass mirror is an instant reminder of Dali’s opus magnum – even if that wasn’t the inspiration behind it – and, likewise, persists in one’s memory. If you were looking for transcending bathroom ideas, look no further!
Starting off as an actual modernist art school in 1919, Bauhaus then went on to become an art movement in it itself. Characterized by its unique approach to architecture and design, this art movement combines the craft of the fine arts with a modern and contemporary aesthetic, ultimately becoming a transcending union of art and industrial design.
A perfect example of this merge is the Colosseum Floor Mirror. Its classic and sleek structure is confronted with modern twists such as the multiple rotating brass arches that envelop it and the solid black base embellished only with a strip of gold. This striking mirror is, without a doubt, an eye-catcher, much like the works associated with Bauhaus.
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