SOUTER STUDIOS - HOW TO SHOP FOR DECORATIVE ARTS


It can be hard to find great decorative arts.
This page serves as a guide to help you separate the cream from the swill.





Question everything you read.

Terms such as high-end, executive, luxury, and European are empty, meaningless marketing catch words that have had any once-useful utility exhausted from them.

Decorative art, as opposed to fine art, is often described as functional art. However, with “functional art,” the function and/or the art can fall short. Just because something is “art,” doesn't ease its functional requirements, and just because a piece is functional doesn't mean that shortcomings in its sensory experience are permissible either. I look for function and beauty.  I want both, not a melded compromise of the two.

Next, we consider the endurance of the emotional response.




Impression versus mood

Any fine decorative art will create an impression,
but how long does that impression last?

Others' pieces may look good enough for a photograph, or perhaps even for an event, however, are they good enough with which to live?

If the quality in design or execution isn't there, the impression wears off.


You are looking for something to sustain a mood – something that you can always come back to, see more of it and not be disappointed. A great piece of decorative art is worth being around and charges a room. It is a tonic: something that keeps you from going through motions and reminds you you're alive.




Trust your senses.

The more you know, the better. Professor Harold Hill said it best,
"I snarl, I hiss, how can ignorance be compared to bliss?"

Inform your senses and trust them.

For more specifics, please visit the pages describing the processes behind the work.  These links are also accessible through their respective galleries.

About the Furniture
About the Tile
About the Lighting
About the Architectural Elements
About the Fine Art

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