SOFA Chicago 2011 Preview

This weekend Chicago is hosting SOFA (The International Exposition of Sculpture Objects and Functional Art), an art fair celebrating masterworks of art and design. SOFA is happening in NYC in April 2012 and Santa Fe in August 2012. While the work is always strikingly beautiful, I am inspired by the number of artists and designers who are celebrating the natural world and the world of found objects this year.

The pieces featured at SOFA are museum quality, so I won't be taking out my checkbook and toting a piece home any time soon, but the concepts behind much of the work offer inspiration for incorporating sustainable beauty into the home.
Some of the ways I'm personally inspired by the art at SOFA:

• Continue looking for treasures hiding in used and found objects.
• Bring the natural world into my home through a beautiful, bold piece of wood furniture.
• Keep finding new ways to mix rustic and organic materials with modern design (because I like them both so much!).
• DIY with more gusto. SOFA proves the aesthetic power of well-constructed handmade objects.

Has a visit to a gallery or museum inspired any of your DIY pieces or design decisions?

TOP ROW:
1. Wendell Castle, Distant Thunder, 2011, walnut with oil finish.
2. Laura Prieto-Velasco, Charm (Ring), 2011, iron wire, twist ties, latex paint, gold-plated silver.
3. Robyn Horn, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles.
4. Preston Singletary, Blue Rain, blown and sandcarved glass.
5. Takafumi Yagi, Torchere for Rainbow, 2011, colored pencil, resin.

BOTTOM ROW:
6. Yamaguchi Ryuun, Vortex, 2011, bamboo and rattan.
7. Vladimira Klumpar, Reflection and Rhythm, 2011, glass.
8. Follow Me to PGs Diner. Roadside metal sign painted on early car trunk (mid-20th century, south Georgia origin).
9. Allain Mailland, Touch of Zen 2, 2010, locust burl.
10. Judy Mulford, There was an Old Woman, 1993, dried gourd, netting, linen, polymer, and found metal objects.

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For more information on SOFA Chicago, New York, or Santa Fe, visit the official SOFA website.

(Images via SOFA )