Functionality as ART

A well made piece of furniture is functional for the purpose it serves. But can furniture be considered a work of art as well as a functional household item? OF COURSE IT CAN!! Take Chippendale furniture or the craftsman furniture as an example.  Both of these styles are extremely collectible. They are collectible not only for their functionality, not only because they are solid and made to withhold the test of time, but because they are beautiful to look at.  Details from dovetail joints to the finish; the grain of the wood  and complex or simple structures are all details which make a functional household item into a piece of art.

Edgar Lamas contemporary custom cabinet

This contemporary custom oval cabinet by Edgar Lamas combines beauty and function, is designed for the art collector or homeowner with the most discriminating tastes.

Whether looking at his wall art paintings or his amazing modern home furnishings, Edgar Lamas is one of those craftsmen who takes a simple idea from functionality and transforms it into a stunning artistic statement.

Another beautiful custom cabinet by artist/designer Edgar Lamas.

Another beautiful custom cabinet by artist/designer Edgar Lamas.

Edgar’s works can span the range from brilliant sparkling Kandinsky style graphical multimedia paintings to colorful abstract pieces embellished with his unique hand metal work.  In the area of design, it may be a decorative pedestal or a bar;  a cabinet or a bookshelf.  Either way, the work will always be a culmination of art, design and exceptional craftsmanship. Edgar Lamas has an extraordinary gift in bringing all these elements together into a bold artistic statement.

Edgar Lamas' abstract modern art

Edgar Lamas combines exotic woods with metal work (typically stainless steel), automotive grade paints, hand etching, and  sometimes adds Swarovski crystals to his creations.  I say creations because it’s almost insulting to call his work just art, furniture or cabinetry because it’s so much more.

Each of Edgar Lamas’ creations combine functionality with elegance. Engineering with design.  It is art.  It is furniture. It is creativity.  It is a piece of beauty.

Edgar’s work is very limited in availability due to the high demand and extensive labor intensive nature of his work. Edgar’s works can therefore can be found exclusively at Hallmark Gallery in La Jolla, California.


  1. Posted October 13, 2008 at 11:59 pm | Permalink

    Dont be surprised if you cant figure out how to open the doors!

  2. May
    Posted October 14, 2008 at 12:53 am | Permalink

    Yeah, the first time I saw one of his oval cabinets I didn’t know how to open the door, but then it all makes sense… you just had to see it for yourself. That makes it even more unique. Very beautiful works indeed.

  3. Posted October 14, 2008 at 6:04 am | Permalink

    This is amazing and beautiful! What a clever work of art!

  4. Maria
    Posted March 13, 2009 at 5:17 am | Permalink

    Good Post! Very informative, glad that you are going to continue writing things like this!

  5. Anonymous
    Posted August 27, 2010 at 6:20 am | Permalink

    This is a masterpiece!

  6. Modern Art Paintings
    Posted September 5, 2010 at 1:47 am | Permalink

    Amazing design. So unique and clever. A really work of art with class.

  7. cabinets NJ
    Posted January 17, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Permalink

    Indeed, functionality can be art. How wonderful it is to look at something thinking it is merely for decoration, then to find out that it actually serves another purpose.

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