9 Contemporary Artists Who Use Furniture as a Medium

Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz, Stuhlhockerbank, 2009

Stuhlhockerbank by the German artists/designers Yvonne Fehling and Jennie Peiz is a delightful play on form and function. Their approach to objects is a marriage of the complementary and the contradictory: “While the old and traditional served as the basis for the new and the innovative, these highly inviting and joyful conversational structures blend the intimate with the public, the historical with contemporary art and design, and the ordered with the random.”


Michael Beitz, Dining Table


Pablo Reinoso, Spaghetti Bench, 2010

The Spaghetti Bench series is among Argentinian-born artist/designer Pablo Reinoso’s most acclaimed work. The fluidity of his installations provides an irresistible take on the latent possibilities of the interaction between everyday materials and their surroundings.


Remy Tejo, ‘You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory’ Chest of Drawers, 1991 [Image via MoMA]

Using found drawers tethered together by a belt, Remy Tejo’s wonderfully simple ‘You Can’t Lay Down Your Memory’ Chest of Drawers has been a staple of minimalist conceptions of furniture art and design since its appearance at the Milan Furniture Fair in 1991.


Hannes Van Severen, Untitled, 2006

Artist and sculptor Hannes Van Severen transports the solidity and mass of furniture to a surreal and wondrous dreamworld of permeable surfaces and implausible angles. Severen suggests that his work “deprives the object of its original functionality and allows its aesthetic value to prevail.”


Kevin Hunt, Garden Furniture

CMYBacon found this intriguing sculpture by Kevin Hunt that playfully imagines a literal take on garden furniture. While furniture is, by definition, something static and permanent, Hunt’s work is an injection of life and movement.

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