Last weekend I went to the Hayward Gallery to see two exhibitions, The New Decor and Ernesto Neto, both of which promised to challenge the conventions of interior design. 

There were two pieces at The New Decor that really stood out as examples of how an artist’s mindset applied to design can create something truly magical.

The first piece that I liked was Spencer Finch’s Night Sky (Over the Painted Desert, Arizona, January 11, 2004)

Spencer Finch's Night Sky (Photo: The List)

Spencer Finch's Night Sky (Photo: The List)

Firstly, it was a beautiful light installation that would be equally at home in a public or commercial space, or even a large home.

Secondly, the back story about the design inspiration was really clever. The bulbs are positioned according to the molecular structure of the four pigments that made up the colour of the night sky that night in Arizona; each bulb representing a single atom. I like a bit of chemistry geekiness, and loved the contraction of the lights representing darkness.

The second was Los Carpinteros’ Cama:   

Los Carpinteros' Cama (photo: Marc Domage)

Los Carpinteros' Cama (photo: Marc Domage)

How much fun?! Despite being an art installation, you can actually imagine this bed being used – maybe for a kids’ sleepover. I absolutely loved it.