On art works in interiors or interiors without measure by Indra Marcinkevičienė
What is the recipe for a successful experimental interior, which mistakes should be avoided when purchasing a new work of art and why paintings should not be placed next to other paintings? Answering questions on links between works of art and interiors is the founder of “Interjeras be saiko” (eng. “Interiors without measure”) Indra Marcinkevičienė – an eccentric and original interiors and furniture designer. She’s not afraid to mix bright colours, styles or materials to create surprising contrasts. Boredom, in her words, “is the worst thing that can happen.” Marcinkevičienė, who became known as an interior designer, has recently created original design products, such as settees, chairs and textile works. Art critic V. Vitkienė when writing about Marcinkevičienė, says: “by designing the furniture the designer creates an object with distinctive meaning, combining function and mystery. Her created interiors fascinate us by the balance, playfulness and individuality between works of art and the furniture that match them”. The article offers some advices and favourite artworks of the designer.
How do your customers choose art works for their interiors?
Unfortunately, it is not easy to convince a client to start creating an interior from a work of art. This happens quite rarely. I try to instill into my clients that a work of art is not a decoration. It can be the main axis of the surrounding interior. In such a way it is possible to create a particularly characteristic interior that reflects the interests, character and individuality of people living there. Firstly, I would like to note that the clients have to choose their own artwork. I never suggest choosing artists, who are currently popular. They have to like a piece of art, because they are going to live with it in that space and it should not irritate them. Some people like shocking, others like light and easy subjects. Everyone has their own opinion and it is not easy to select particular art works for a client without their input. I am motivated by the “contrast” principle. I like to mix different styles. I never suggest hanging a painting next to another painting, because the works can begin to “eat” into one another. Therefore, usually, in my interiors you can see colour paintings next to black and white photographies, graphics or even sculpture. The variety of these things is what creates an extremely tasty and unique space.
How do art works function in an interior?
There are many functions starting with the person’s well-being, the encouragement to dream, fantasise and create, and finishing with education. I believe that the saying “Show me your home and I will tell you who you are” often works.
Can there be a connection between an artwork and an interior? Do art works have to blend in or stand out?
The main link is continuity, but with contrasts. To my mind, when everything is too continuous there is a risk that the space will be boring. Most people are extremely conservative and they are afraid of sharper or original solutions both in interiors and in choosing works of art – they’re afraid
they will get bored. The worst thing for me is when people invest large sums of money into living spaces and then do everything “in moderation” and then suddenly they realise that everything turned out really boring. Boredom, for me, is the worst thing that can happen... Of course, the same thing can happen when you are carried away and trying to use too many things. It’s the same as eating a cake and then a couple of cupcakes and then top it all off with ice-cream with some jelly... But I still want herring after the cake. Of course, it’s not good for your health, but this time let’s not talk about a healthy diet.
That is why I say that interiors are just like our lives: there’s everything in it – sharp edges and kisses. However, the main features must be comfort, love, warmth... In other words, everything positive, but with contrasts. I want there to be a good atmosphere.
Can you name a few major mistakes people make when choosing a work of art for an interior?
One of the major mistakes in choosing works of art is when two bright works are hung one next to another. As I’ve mentioned earlier, they begin to “eat” into one another.
Finally, can you give five recommendations to a person who intends to purchase a work of art?
First. The client has to like the piece. A work of art is purchased for a lifetime, so I think that, firstly, it has to create good emotions. Everyone has a different point-of-view. Some like looking at a sunset, others at a storm... Thus you should choose art works, which reflect your interests.
Second. Do not choose only one artist. A variety of works create a unique and original space.
Third. Contrasts: mix different media – photography, painting, textile, graphics, collages, sculptures and so on.
Fourth. Often people build their houses, invest a lot of money into their interiors and, unfortunately, at the very end they start to look for works of art and in fear of “overshooting” they match them to curtains and even vases. It’s disrespectful to the artist. I think, it should be the other way around – firstly, the piece of art and then you should match furniture, curtains and everything else to it.
Fifth. Do not be afraid to joke around.
I have a sixth as well: Do not be afraid to combine “old” and “new”... But this is just my very subjective opinion...
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Photographs are courtesy of the designer.