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Even the living room couch can be luxurious art


Furniture exhibits at the “20th Century Design Art” show. Provided by the gallery

If you wish to see how the wealthy might decorate their homes, you can pick up some tips at the Columns Gallery in Cheongdam-dong.
There you can find Marcel Wanders’ “Knotted Chair” (1996), Poul Kjaerholm’s “PK55 Work Table” (1957) and Jean Perzel’s “Table Lamp” (1935).
They’re limited editions of furniture art, signed and numbered by masters of modern design.
Truth be told, decorating your living room with designer furniture is a luxury few of us can afford.
But after appreciating the gallery’s current exhibit, “20th Century Design Art,” you might be tempted into starting your own collection.
The gallery’s exhibition, which runs until Jan. 5, is displaying some 40 pieces of furniture designed by 31 artists.
Major names include Ron Arad, Le Corbusier, Jean Prouve, Sori Yanagi and Pierre Paulin.
The pieces are mainly chairs, tables, bookshelves, sofas, lamps and vases from the 1930s to the 1990s.
“The artists [of the collection] have a unique understanding about space and discovery,” said Chang Dong-jo, the gallery’s director. “To them, furniture is beyond a trifling article ― it’s living art.”
Summing up, Chang said, “Furniture is valuable art that speaks to the collector’s individual character and style.”

To visit the exhibition at The Columns Gallery in southern Seoul, go to Cheongdam Station, line No. 7, exit 9.
For more information, visit www.columns.co.kr or call (02) 3442-6301.

By Lee Eun-joo Contributing Writer [estyle@joongang.co.kr]
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