Maison Martin Margiela's New Way To Hang Art

Design that challenges the way we traditionally do things always makes us excited. Like this way of hanging art in an installation by Maison Martin Margiela at the recent 2010 Milan Design Week show. What intrigues us is that swiveling art out like this like this makes a flat painting/print more sculptural, and sort of changes the dimensions of the room. It also gives us some new ideas on what we could cover up behind it.

Spotted recently when catching up on DesignBoom's awesome Milan Design Week 2010 coverage, this temporary installation in a space designed by Belgian fashion house Maison Martin Margiela shows an inventive way of hanging art that really got us thinking. The frames look like they are hung by side hinges, rather than by a hook on the back of the frame.

What has us excited is that hanging art this way would make it possible to do things like hang art over a bookcase and still easily get to books behind it; hang art in a corner; cover a thermostat or fuse box (and still easily use it); or even hide a flat-panel television. We would imagine for a heavy piece you'd need a heavy-duty hinge, and that it may take knowing where the studs are in a room to successfully pull off — but we still love this creative idea. What do you think?

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