Most furniture is designed to do a certain amount of blending in; meant to fit with other pieces of the same style and to serve as the backdrop to the conversation in a room. Surrealist furniture, on the other hand, is the conversation in a room. Like all things evolved from this avant garde movement, surrealist furniture is not only meant to be seen, but stared at, pondered, and discussed.
When it is discussed, there's a good chance it will unearth some polarizing opinions, but again, that’s the whole point. As André Breton, the father of the movement, described it, “The approval of the public is to be avoided like the plague.” So if your dinner guests are completely confused by your furniture choices, you've done well. Here, a few designers that’ll give them something to talk about.
Korean artist Lila Jang first caught the attention of the design world when she debuted her collection of reimagined French antiques that look like they could have sprung from the dreams of Lewis Carroll.
Design house Fratelli Boffi known for pushing boundaries and turning classic silhouettes on their heads. One of our favorite lines: a 2011 collection by Italian artist Ferruccio Laviani called F* The Classics!, including the Collage Sofa, and a credenza ironically named (w)hole.
If Salvador Dali focued his creative energy on furniture instead of art, we imagine it would look something like Mexican architect and designer Elias Kababie’s Slice Lamp, created for his line Tienda Ka.
Hate to say it, Breton, but while these pieces might not get the public's approval, they certainly have ours.