12 Famous Artists Who Dabbled in Design


If ever we needed a healthy dose of inspiration, it’s late on a Thursday afternoon when that unbearable yearning for the weekend descends on us and everyone else. It’s a time when we usually find ourselves poking around the Internet, carefully considering which creative endeavor to pursue in anticipation of our hallowed free time.

The eternally inspiring design duo Charles and Ray Eames never put their talents in a box. Quite the opposite, their work crossed boundaries and disciplines. They made major contributions to architecture and design, but also dabbled in fine art and film, among other things. In honor of never limiting your dormant creative self, we’ve taken a look at world famous artists who also expressed their vision in a seemingly unexpected format: furniture. From Salvador Dalí’s stunning designs to a practical, playful hammock by the American sculptor who invented the mobile, Alexander Calder, click through and be inspired by artists who refused to be pigeonholed.

Leda Table, Vis-à-vis de Gala Armchair and Bracelli Lamps by Salvador Dalí

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Hammock by Alexander Calder

Image credit: WRIGHT20

Hatstand-Table-Chair by Allen Jones

Images via Modern Design; Cave to Chair

Brushstroke Chair and Ottoman by Roy Lichtenstein

Image via BOMBSITE

Wrapped furniture by Christo

Image credit: artpool

Daybed, bookshelf, and desk set by Donald Judd

Image credit: Schellmann via STYLEPARK

Chair Pool by Dennis Oppenheim

Image via Peter Kreider

Royal Pidge-Pine bookshelf, lamp, and table by Joseph Beuys

Images via artnet

Daybed by Rachel Whiteread

Image via SCP

Table and Shelf System by Liam Gillick

Cube Ashtray and Singer Chair (for short visits) by Bruno Munari

Image credit: ioNoi; Designophy

Couch by John Chamberlain