The forward thinking "New Museum" in New York has a long history of curating its gift shop as creatively as it does its collection of contemporary art. While browsing its online shop I stumbled upon its "Art Objects and Editions" section. In collaboration with well-known contemporary artists the museum puts out works in limited edition runs that, for a pretty penny, you can purchase for your home.
From everyday objects reinvented such as the "Salome Coffee Set" (edition of 15, $500) or the "Siamese Bird Vase" (edition of 175, $250) to more strictly sculptural pieces the idea is that art is to be lived with instead of simply viewed. Objects such as the "Office Buildings Candle" (edition of 500, $250) encourage the owner to take part in the creation process of the work by burning the candle so that it resembles an "Apocalyptic Landscape."
While I enjoy the idea that art should not be limited to the walls of a home and can be incorporated as a functional part of the decor, I would be hesitant to leave out one of these unique "works" where it could so easily be damaged.
What do you think?
Images: New Museum