29th April 2016
Designer Chester JonesIn an interview given to Sotheby’s Art & Home magazine, Chester Jones shares his philosophy about the home as a place of refuge – a place in which we feel completely at ease and in which contents play a major part. “Our cherished objects, whether old or new, stimulate our intellect and emotions and say so much about who we really are,” he says. Therefore, it is safe to say that his interior design work is all about creating living spaces in which to live harmoniously with art and How does his knowledge of art and architecture influence his interior design? “Almost totally. After attending art school, I studied architecture and worked in the profession for a few years. As a result, I treat most buildings with a great deal of interest and respect. Art, sculpture and artefacts make an interior. For me, inspiration often comes from other cultures. Patterns of rural life and their craft tradition, Japan, China and Scandinavia, but mostly 20th century abstract and ethnographic art, particularly African and Oceanic.”
This Chester Jones-designed room contains strong elements of tribal art, creating an ethnic mood.Through his work, Chester Jones manages to make art and design work together. How does he manage to maintain this relationship? “Art is more important,” he says. “Art is a language that conveys emotion. Design is the stage. That is not to say interiors cannot be beautiful; they can. Nevertheless, they are settings and without people, ideas, art and hospitality they have much less to offer. This is the secret of the best rooms and it is the most creative aspect of interior design today. The great classical interiors achieved their power through harmony.” Sometimes, Chester Jones’ work involves working with existing collections. In this case, one needs to understand, first and foremost, the client’s approach to their collection. This deepens the understanding of the aesthetic basis of a collection. “Collections should be viewed as living things. If they remain static within a home they can become too familiar. Collecting is a creative act in its own right and you can breathe new life into a collection by moving it around, editing it and adding to it.” How should art be displayed in a collector’s home? “Show your latest acquisition modestly. In fact, all art should be presented informally, as it makes for a more relaxed atmosphere. A home should be welcoming first and foremost. Let your prized possessions be presented quietly.”
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