How limited edition contemporary furniture is stealing the heart of collectors. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning a piece of limited edition designer furniture is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag.

Article by Melissa Stewart

Although relatively new in the collectible category, museum-worthy contemporary furniture now holds a special place in the heart of luxury owners. With this new enthusiasm, more contemporary furniture designers are increasingly gaining collector appeal.

 

Some of the bright stars in the design world include the widely influential industrial designer and architect Ron Arad , whose “undisciplined” pieces have fetched high prices both in auction rooms and galleries. Another hot name for design connoisseurs is in Flemish artist Xavier Lust , known for his unique (de)formation technique of shaping metallic surfaces, has also been gravitating towards creating collectible pieces in limited editions.

Ron Arad Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

Image courtesy of Ron Arad

As the evolution of taste for contemporary furniture design grows, galleries and showrooms like US-based Ralph Pucci  have also sprung up. These spaces give furniture designers the privilege to showcase their works, therefore playing an important role in placing them on the map. Going hand in hand with the emergence of new galleries are art&design fairs like PAD Paris and PAD London, Design Miami and TEFAF Maastricht just to name a few, becoming a reference for the contemporary furniture design market. By shining the spotlight on both leading designers and emerging ones, these art fairs reel in more enthusiasts and collectors, thereby contributing to the growing popularity of the industry.

 

Collectible status aside, there is a form of personal connection one gets when purchasing a piece of exquisitely designed furniture. While financial return is an important element to consider, emotional value is also a critical deciding factor.

Chahan Gallery Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

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So when it comes to purchasing behaviour, what exactly motivates luxury furniture enthusiasts? It is more of the head or the heart? Surprisingly, a recent study conducted by Swiss Bank UBS found that collectors purchase more for passion rather than thinking about the investment potential. 57% out of the 2,475 HNWIs surveyed collect for “passion over profit” while 42% collect because they wish to be surrounded by beautiful things. It is worthy to note that only 13% plan to profit.

 

This behaviour is an interesting one as it proves that passion assets are appreciated for more than just their monetary aspect. As a discerning buyer, it is hard to forget the first time you laid eyes on each piece in your collection. The entire selection is founded on love, each piece acquired because of an interesting story behind it that draws in or speaks to the buyer. The quality, the authenticity, the high craftsmanship, and the designer aura of a collectible design piece are all elements contributing to writing this unique personal narrative of lifestyle and beauty.

Maurizio Galante Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

Image courtesy of Maurizio Galante

IIn fact, the emotional connection with luxury furniture can be stronger than other luxury commodities. As perfectly encapsulated in the words of Xavier Lust,

 

 

“There is a physical connection between people and the objects around them. This delicate and not easily measured relationship may sometimes reach a level that lies beyond the (important) considerations of comfort, price and robustness. A piece of furniture may give a pleasure or spark an emotion that is linked to the idea of beauty.”

 

 

As beautiful works of art meant to be admired, collectors don’t purchase contemporary furniture to be stored away. They purchase something that becomes a part of their everyday lives. Take for example Ron Arad’s Big Easy chair. While yes, a collector may have fallen in love with its unique design, the armchair is more than just a piece of art on display. It is also a functional chair in the collector’s living room, meant to be touched, used and sat on.

Image courtesy of Erwan Boulloud

Each piece is an expression and reflection of the collector’s personality. Placed in a unique composition with more ordinary pieces, they are often given an important spot in the home. Luxury contemporary furniture is meant to be lived and enjoyed, providing a lavish cocoon and intimate experience of exclusiveness. The best part of it all is that these pieces last a lifetime. While collectible furniture becomes a part of one’s own family lineage, each piece continues to be enjoyed for many generations to come.

 

 

“Luxury starts where functionality ends and where the true value is personal and so has no price or reason.” Marcel Wanders

量版当代家具是如何赢得收藏家的心。就像美术、高级私定时装或经典名车一样,拥有设计师限量版的家具,反映了收藏家的愿望、品味和个性。它远远超出了价格标签,它是收藏家生活方式的标志。

Article by Melissa Stewart / Translation by Amber Durrant Feng Yulin

管在收藏界相对较新,但具有博物馆品质的当代设计家具在奢侈品拥有者心中占据着特殊位置。随着这一新的热情,越来越多的当代家具设计师赢得了收藏家的心。设计界包括具有巨大影响力的工业设计师和建筑师Ron Arad的“undisciplined”作品在拍卖会和画廊中都卖价很高。

 

另一个设计鉴赏家钟爱的是比利时艺术家Xavier Lust,他因其独特的金属表面造型技术而闻名,同时他也一直致力于创作可收藏的限量版作品。

Ron Arad Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

父亲收集破旧的人体模特,他的母亲专于制做假发。 Pucci的母亲在他祖父位于 Bronx制造宗教雕像的石膏店学会了如何经营。当Pucci加入公司时他发现他们缺少了制作人体模特的这段生意环节。但直到1986年他与室内设计师AndréePutman合作时才发现通过创作设计不同的人体模特来庆祝文化的多样性和性别体态差异的自然美。
Pucci的人体模特艺术创作在纽约掀起了一场风暴,也让他的家族生意迅速发展。从制作人体模特工作室到画廊和陈列室,在迈阿密展示着具有挑逗,性感的奢华家具和灯饰,Pucci最新的陈列室于2017年3月在洛杉矶开张。

Chahan Gallery Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

着当代家具设计风格的发展,许多像美国Ralph Pucci这样的画廊和展厅也出现了。这些画廊和展厅给家具设计师提供展示作品的空间,因此在推广设计师方面发挥了重要作用。与画廊同样重要的是像巴黎的PAD Paris 和 PAD London, Design Miami 以及 TEFAF Maastricht 这些艺术与设计博览会,同时它也成为当代家具设计市场的重要参具。通过集中展示著名设计师和设计新秀的作品,这些艺术品交易会吸引着更多的设计爱好者和收藏家,从而提高当代家具设计的重要性。当购买一件精美设计的家具时,除了考虑收藏和经济回报之外,个人的情感价值也是关键及重要的决定因素。

 

那么在购买行为方面,到底是什么激发着豪华家具爱好者的兴趣呢? 它更多的是来自收藏家的深思熟虑还是激情冲动呢? 令人惊讶的是来自瑞士银行UBS最近的一项调查研究,它发现收藏家购买时更多的是因为激情而不是考虑它的投资潜力。在2475名高净值富裕人士中,有57%的人表示“激情多过利润”,而42%的人则希望被美好的事物环绕着。值得注意的是,只有13%的人期待投资盈利。

Maurizio Galante Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

种行为很有意思,因为它证明了激情资产的价值超过了其货币价值。作为挑剔的收藏家,会很难忘记他第一次看到他收藏的每件作品。整个选择都建立在爱的基础上,每件收藏品都是因为背后有趣的故事而吸引着与买家的对话与交流。作品的质量、真实性、精湛的工艺,以及创作具收藏价值作品设计师的气质,都是表达和叙述收藏家独特生活方式和美感的重要元素。

事实上人们与豪华家具之间的情感联系比其他奢侈品更强烈。正如Xavier Lust所说的那样,

 

 

“人们和周围的物体之间存在着某种物理联系。这种微妙而不易衡量的关系有时会达到甚至超过(比)舒适,价格和坚固性(更重要)的层次。一件家具也许能给人快乐或是激发与美相连接的情感。”

 

 

美的设计是让人欣赏的,收藏家购买当代设计家具不会只为了收藏。他们购买的设计家具也是他们日常生活的一部分。以Ron Arad的Big Easy椅为例,诚然收藏家热爱它独特的设计,但是同时扶手椅不仅仅只是一件艺术品,它也是收藏家起居室里的一把用来触摸和使用的功能性椅子。

件收藏品都是收藏家个性的表达和反映。它常常被置于家中的重要位置,与其它普通家具一起形成独特的空间。奢华的当代设计家具是需要在生活中享受的,它提供着奢华和亲密的体验。更重要的是这些收藏品能持续一生。当收藏家具成为家族传承的一部分时,每件收藏品都将让未来的几代人欣赏和享受。

Nathalie Ziegler Pasqua Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

Image courtesy of Nathalie Ziegler Pasqua

Ron Arad Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

Image courtesy of Ron Arad

Visionary and daring: how Ralph Pucci took a gamble with dull mannequins and as a result, became a household name in Luxury Furniture Design

Image courtesy of Xavier Lust

Maurizio Galante Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

Image courtesy of Maurizio Galante & Tal Lancman

Nathalie Ziegler Pasqua Collectible Design. Like fine art, haute couture or classic cars, owning collectible design is a reflection of the aspirations, taste and personality of passionate buyers. It is a lifestyle statement, one that goes far beyond the price tag

Photo courtesy of Ann Ray, Nathalie Ziegler Pasqua


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