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When artists make things that people can use, it is often called functional art.

Think highly-crafted artistic and aesthetic creations that perform utilitarian jobs, like a light, a seat or a screen.

Gallery Sally Dan-Cuthbert is an expert and specialist in this field, and we delighted she is showing with us in our first ever Virtual Art Fair.

To introduce Sally’s gallery we’ve compiled our top 5 functional artworks that are available from her gallery.

1. David Tate’s, emu stools
Commissioned especially for the Auckland Art Fair, David Tate’s, At Rest, 2019, are stools made with Emu feathers upholstered on cotton – each feather individually washed and pressed by hand – on a painted and polished Australian Victorian Ash wood base.

Deeply textured and elegant – with a smile.

60 x 50 x 48 cm, edition of 4 + 1 AP

2. Darren Fry’s cordless light
Darren Fry’s, Southern Light, 2018 is the ultimate cordless table lamp – crafted from European maple and a hand-blown glass sphere, with white gold leafing. A pendant lamp is also available from the gallery.

32 x 30 cm, edition of 20.

3. Sabine Marcelis’ Candy Cube Bubblegum
Sabine Marcelis is a Dutch designer who grew up in New Zealand who spent her late teens as a snowboarder between Wanaka and California, and currently runs her practice from Rotterdam. She considers her designs to be true sensorial experiences and not simple static works: the experience becomes the function, with a refined and unique aesthetic.

A graduate of the Design Academy of Eindhoven, Marcelis is a material and process-driven designer who collaborates intensively with industry specialists. Her designs are characterised by pure forms which highlight material properties. Material research and experimentation lead to new and surprising visual effects for projects showcased in museums and commissioned by commercial clients and fashion houses. Sabine considers her designs to be true sensorial experiences and not simple static works: the experience becomes the function, with a refined and unique aesthetic.

Sabine recently won the prestigious Design Prize 2019 in the ‘Newcomer of the year’ category and the Elle Deco International Design award 2019 ‘Young designer of the year’.

50 x 50 x 50 cm

4. Edward Waring’s table
Edward Waring utilises vintage crystal and cut glass for these Champagne Tables, repurposing and altering the once cherished tableware to create pieces that require the audience to re-explore what could be considered old fashioned or ‘passé. Waring’s work reclaims old traditions and old fashioned ways of life and creates a space for them in the contemporary. His use of tableware once saved for ‘best’ in households gives new life to forgotten pieces, and asks the viewer to reflect on feelings of childhood, memory, and family.

48 x 33 cm, unique.


5. Rive Roshan’s Colour Dial Tables
Colour Dial Curved is a continuation of Rive Roshan’s explorations of sweeping through hues of colour on a glass surface. Light that falls onto the tables travels through the glass picking up the different tones, leaving a coloured trail as if time was caught in hues settling down on the surface. Creating an image on the floor, ever changing by its angle and the light sources reflecting on the pieces. The Colour Dial Curved has resulted into a body of work including three new sculptural tables, exploring the journey of colour and movement through light.

To see more of these beautiful objects, please click here.