Artist Sarah Lucas debuts first range of furniture for Salone del Mobile

The YBA demands that we ask how to differentiate between art and design and her new collection proves that they go hand in hand



11 April 2014

While many would argue that design pieces made by designers can be seen as works of art, its always interesting to consider design objects made by trained artists and how they should be classified. Sarah Lucas’s new furniture collection sheds light on this discourse with the debut of a furniture collection as a part of this year’s Fuorisalone during Salone del Mobile.

Lucas employs concrete and MDF, two materials often used as plinths and platforms in her more recognizable and well-known artworks. These simple and honest components make up the tables, chairs, benches, desk and freestanding partition wall that compromise Lucas’s entry as an artist-cum-designer.

The chairs are a special focus in this collection given that Lucas’s previous sculpture series, Bunny (1997-onwards), owed much to the form and function of the chair and the role it played in how we view an art object. The new pieces allows the sitter to be part of her design and it’s Lucas’s hope that the chairs may one day find themselves placed alongside artworks in a gallery setting, creating a further conversation about the point at which art and design meet and when, if ever, they blur.

The edition of 14 brutalist furniture designs, made in collaboration with the London Art Workshop and presented by Sadie Coles HQ are each individually marked, stamped and signed by the artist.