“So cheat your landlord if you can and must, but do not try to shortchange the Muse. It cannot be done. You can't fake quality any more than you can fake a good meal.”
From William S. Burroughs, who adopted a Surrealist style as a writer. Letting his subconscious, a cutting technique of randomness, and a touch of medicinal assistance, dictate the results of his seminole novels.
Surrealism has been on my mind lately. As a designer, I am always looking for new ways to get me out of my comfort zone. I have been drawn to the philosophy behind surrealism, the act of questioning everything and bending reality to see how it can morph our preconceived notions of ‘what is’.
It may not be for everyone, but the dreamscape aspect of surrealism is an element I love to inject into any interior. Adopting a sense of humor about luxury and design is something I find essential to living well.
The undisputed master of Surrealism is, of course, Salvador Dalí. His furniture designs were few, but they are as recognizable and refined as the paintings and sculpture he is known for. Produced as a collaboration with architect and designer Oscar Tusquets Blanca for BD Barcelona, Dalí’s designs officially went into production in 2004 - though the famous Mae West Lips Sofa was designed for an exhibition at the Dalí Museum in 1972.
The three models created: the Dalilips sofa, the Sheep Telephone Table and the Leda high heeled chair are produced more as art pieces than actual furniture. All were taken from famous Dalí paintings you can see below.
I have been lusting after anything Dalí on 1st Dibs lately. A small sculpture by the artist is definitely high on my list of desires. And in the meantime, I’ve been exploring the works of other contemporary Surrealist designers like the incredible Lila Jang and the unreal carved works of Ferruccio Laviani.