We believe that art doesn’t have to hang exclusively on walls, that furniture can be art in and of itself. But these European mounts are truly spectacular pieces of art, no matter where you display them. I can absolutely envision one of these creations by Ashley Tudor hanging on the wall over a designer table. Can’t you see one of these mounts and a Century Table being perfectly at home in a New York loft or a Park City cabin?
We knew Ashley back in San Francisco (where Clayton and I met) and have watched her blossom as an artist. It was so exciting to listen to her talk about her art on CBS this morning. It’s wonderful seeing old friends find success and joy doing something they’re passionate about.
So, what exactly makes something designer art, or a designer table? Well, I suppose it’s often a matter of interpretation and personal taste. But I tend to believe that it means something was created with more than an eye for the bottom line. That beyond functionality, there is a story. That while functionality is honored, it isn’t limiting. That the functional can become inspirational. A designer table is one in which the artist has carefully considered the proportions, line and form, taking into account the history of the subject and its future. That they have considered the activities that will occur and the purpose it serves, while creating something that lasts for generations and delights though pure, enduring style.