Coffee Table: Art Object or Social Signifier?

Coffee Table: Art Object or Social Signifier?

Rocket Gallery presents "Book A Table: Coffee Tables & Artists' Books" - an exhibit that examines the social function of the coffee table as a space for identifying one's social status.

Lisa Baldini
  • 1 october 2009

London Design Week provided a wealth of visual inspiration, addressing form, function as well as the effects of economic shifts on the industry. Rocket Gallery is showing Book a Table: Coffee Tables & Artists’ Books–a show that combines the aura of the art object with design’s cardinal sensibilities. The exhibit is made up of specially designed tables, paired with a collection of minimalist art books. However, these tables and books are not just seen as pristine examples of clean, minimal design. Rather, the display ruminates on the social function of the coffee table as a space for identifying one’s social status.

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