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Add curve appeal. "This piece is by Mary Callery. It was original to the house but was located on the exterior next to the main entry," says Steve Schappacher of SchappacherWhite. "We decided for conservation reasons to move it indoors. We felt the sculpture was dynamic enough to be located on a curved wall and balance the view at the steel-framed windows."
Complement the architecture. "I'd like to say that we had something to do with the choice of art and sculpture in this room, but is was already in the clients' collection," says Curt Cline of Modern House Architects. "We did, however, design flexible spaces in which their ever-growing and changing collection of Asian and African art and sculpture could have an appropriate amount of breathing room."
He adds, "Many of the owners' sculptural pieces have a verticality to them, and we used concrete support columns as a way to allow the sculpture to have a lightable, stark backdrop."
Mix art mediums. "I believe the most important thing in any room is the people, next the artwork and lastly the furnishings," says Michael Abrams of Michael Abrams Limited. "Art evokes feelings and emotions and can set the tone for the environment. It is a critical element in completing the space."
He adds, "With all my clients I recommend mixing art mediums. Combining sculpture alongside paintings and photography adds tremendous interest, and this room is a great example of how well that can work."
Create a focal point. "For this living room, we wanted a balance of solid walls as well as natural light," says Hugh Randolph of Hugh Jefferson Randolph Architects. "Rather than use a series of evenly spaced windows, we looked at the walls as backdrops for large artworks and then grouped the windows together in floor-to-ceiling arrangements. This gave us a balance of solid/void and open/closed, as well as enough wall area to highlight the art as a focal point."
The sculpture "works especially well on this wall," he says, "since it's along a circulation path that provides a variety of angles from which to view the work."