Each year the art world descends upon Paris with a loud crash and brings the hottest artists together for Foire Internationale d'Art Contemporain under the incredible glass vaulted ceiling at the Grand Palais.
FIAC is as much about people watching as it is discovering great art but we focused on works that took interior design and architecture as their inspiration for our finds this week. Let us know which one speaks to you in the comments below.
Elmgreen and Dragset's work blurs the lines between art, architecture and design while creating powerful comments on social issues including place, identity, sexuality, safety and isolation.
Their sculptural objects are easily identifiable as coming from the interior design world but they're transformed by a new context and always have level of threat present such as the bird of prey sitting above a bed or a housing structure suspended by balloons. Impressive.
Henrique Oliveira has made a splash in Paris recently with his solo show at the Palais de Tokyo where his monumental sculptures transform spaces within the gallery into strange, living spaces that unnerve and confront the audience.
We loved his armoire piece at FIAC and were amazed to see the same techniques he uses for gigantic installations distilled in smaller pieces that are no less impressive or moving.
The prints and furniture pieces created by Marc Camille Chaimowicz seem to have one foot in each world - art and design - and we could see some of the more sedate pieces working in many interior spaces. Perhaps not the tilted table, but certainly the beautiful room divider.
Each installation tells a story and gives us an impression of the person who lives around these pieces. Take the vanity as an example, it looks as though someone has rummaged through its drawers in search of something while exposing their contents for the viewer to see.
If we learned one thing from Mathieu Mercier's works it's that the simple placement and arrangement of objects can transform everyday items into beautiful tableaux.
We're huge fans of the Mondrian-inspired shelving pieces but the interplay between the pieces when seen together only amplifies the curious balance between function and aesthetic that Mercier masters so well. We looked into some of his pieces and they're surprisingly affordable.
One thing that can be missing from artworks, particularly in the super-serious buyers market at FIAC, is a little humour. Urs Fischer's sculptures and installations take the everyday and turn it into surreal and sometimes confusing pieces.
We had a laugh at the fruit-filled toilet at FIAC but it wasn't until we looked further into Fischer's ouvre that we found a vast breadth of work that uses mundane objects to create striking works. Our take-home design note from these works is the idea for neon-pastel ombré bedding.