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Friday, October 23, 2015

How to Design with Art and Architecture.


A room by Inson Dubois Wood with paintings by Andy Warhol. 

Inson Wood uses a sculpture by Rodin / Bourdelle which is a match to one in Paris. A Ron Erlich creates a back drop for a sculpture by Jaime Hayon Lladro.

New York City Designer, Inson Wood, with a painting by Ron Erlich.

A Marc Chagall hangs in a bedroom designed by New York Interior Designer, Inson Wood. 

For a Greenwich Village Townhouse, Inson Wood chose a computer generated encaustic style series by Hye Rim Lee, a female artist from Korean living between New York and New Zealand.

A children's room by Inson Dubois Wood with art by Jeff Koons and 

Painting by Justin Bower in a Upper Eastside Townhouse. 


New York Architect, Inson Dubois Wood, who comes from a family of art dealers and art makers, shares his insights on art and design. 

The Importance of Art and Architecture in Design

Too often we forget the importance of good art and good architecture when it comes to interior design.  Without significant and well proportioned architecture, the decorating tends to fall apart. So often we see a potentially fantastic design composition ruined by the underlying architecture and floor plan layout.  We asked New York based interior designer Inson Wood of design firm Inson Dubois Wood what his most important tips were when it comes to design, architecture and art.

E: How significant is art and architecture when it comes to design? 
IDW: Too often I have observed do it yourself designers creating potentially amazing spaces only to have the proportions of the room all wrong and millwork that is too small or big to fit the room. Layout and scale are everything. I am repeatedly called in to rescue projects where a client has chosen a designer who doesn't understand architecture proportion or architects who don't know scale when it comes to furniture. Art can cause similar issues. Sometimes I am astounded to find that art is left to the last item as if it were a mere accessory. If I have my way I prefer to design an entire room around a significant piece of art. For  Clients who love collecting art - important art or otherwise - I have gone great lengths to ensure there is enough room for the sculpture or painting to breathe and be appreciated. 

E: How do you go about picking art for clients who do not have much experience with collecting.
IDW: First off I like to establish if the client is interested in having art as an investment or just for personal pleasure. Some pieces I have chosen are truly unique paintings that are very affordable and clients are pleased when they are valued at 10 times the buy price when they sell at Sothebys for instance.  The painting should be suitable to the environment of the room - but should not try to be matchy matchy. For clients who are afraid of using color, artwork is the best solution - it can be changed, moved, or sold if you want to change the feeling of the room.  When I studied architecture  at Harvard, I was fortunate to study the works of Le Corbusier and Zaha Hadid - both designed furniture and created paintings and sculpture - the true architect must know all forms of art - from the spoon to the house that contains it.