Objects for Living Is Furniture Daniel Arsham Wants to Live With

Jerome Powell

Referring to Daniel Arsham as a multidisciplinary artist doesn’t seem like quite enough – his work has included art, architecture, performance, fashion and film – but it’s accurate. During lockdown, amidst a new work from home reality, Arsham took time to reflect on what objects he himself would want to spend time living with. The result is an expansion upon his earlier exhibition, Objects for Living, that debuted as an immersive environment in collaboration with Friedman Benda at Design Miami/ 2019. It was creatively installed as a fictionalized recreation of his Long Island home that was built in 1971 by modernist architect Norman Jaffe. Objects for Living: Collection II is a second group of furniture Arsham created using motifs taken from his daily life. Some of the light-hearted forms even take on a free sculpture look that resulted from experimenting with his children’s Play-Doh! Within the series you’ll find an armchair, bench, table, chair, desk lamp, floor lamp and wall art that are playful and sure to make you smile.

Pebbles Armchair

detail of colorful abstract bench

Pebbles Armchair

multicolored abstract bench on cement floor in front of white wall

Bamm Bamm Bench

angled multicolored abstract bench on cement floor in front of white wall

Bamm Bamm Bench

detail of bench material

Bamm Bamm Bench

abstract table on concrete floor in front of white wall

Bedrock Table

angled abstract table on concrete floor in front of white wall

Bedrock Table

detail of table material

Bedrock Table

curvaceous wooden chair on concrete floor in front of white wall

Dining Chair

curvaceous wooden chair on concrete floor in front of white wall

Dining Chair

detail of curvaceous wooden chair on concrete floor in front of white wall

Dining Chair

curvaceous wood desk lamp on white pedestal in front of white wall

Desk Lamp

Desk Lamp

curvaceous abstract floor lamp on concrete floor in front of white wall

Floor Lamp

detail of curvaceous abstract floor lamp on concrete floor in front of white wall

Floor Lamp

blue leaf sculpture hanging on white wall

Bronze Leaf

detail of blue leaf sculpture hanging on white wall

Bronze Leaf

To learn more about Objects for Living: Collection II, visit friedmanbenda.com. The exhibition can be viewed through September 25.

Photos by Daniel Kukla. Courtesy of Friedman Benda and Daniel Arsham.

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