Wall Street Journal: No Frame Required

IF YOU WANTED, you could outfit every room in your home with décor designed by blue-chip artists, whether it’s an Yves Klein table (filled with his signature blue pigment) for the entry way, a minimalist Donald Judd aluminum stool for the living room, or bathroom tiles by Sol LeWitt. 

Though interior designers might balk at the idea of curating an entire home as if it were the Tate Modern, architects and decorators such as Peter Marino, Nate Berkus and Delphine Krakoff have used limited-edition home furnishings by fine artists to add a distinctive collectors’ sensibility to a space. 

“Art doesn’t just have to hang over the fireplace,” said Jason Beard, creative director of Other Criteria, a shop based in New York and London that sells dinnerware, ashtrays and chairs by British artist Damien Hirst. “You could have a Brancusi as a doorstop if you want.” 

Multiples, as these generally non-one-of-a-kind pieces are called, date back to the early 20th century, when the artist Marcel Duchamp introduced the idea of “readymades,” said dealer and consultant Leonardo Ledesma of Art Seen. “They heralded in a new era of objects as art. Picasso did plates, Calder did rugs.” 

Jeff Koons’s multiples, in particular, have become trophies. In 1995, the artist released a signed edition of 2,300 porcelain plates and sold them through Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art for $250 each. On March 1, Los Angeles Modern Auctions expects to fetch between $10,000 and $15,000 for one.