What Is Collectible Contemporary Design And Why Is It Trending?
What is collectible contemporary design? This type of design is the modernised and unique works of brilliant minds all over the world. Collectors value these types of one-off creations for their design greatness, authenticity, original condition, and rarity and purchase based on the market’s current scope, popular design, and individualised connection to the piece.
Over the last 20 years, this unique and new type of design has come into focus. Collectible contemporary design has become a new and emerging market at the forefront of many collectors’ minds in recent years. The market has combined traditional connoisseurship of history with the art world’s commerciality.
now, collectible contemporary design stands alone as its own domain, unique and separate in nature.
The experimentation of collectible contemporary design was championed recently, with a specific and limited number of fairs, museums, and galleries tapping into the new market’s potential. A growing collector base has monitored collectible contemporary design with an enthusiasm unmatched to anything the collecting sphere has seen in decades.
Initially, it was an extension and expression of fine art. But now, collectible contemporary design stands alone as its own domain, unique and separate in nature.
Khalid Shafar, Illusion Pearl.
Unlike typical or standard product design, production is extremely scarce. Often, there is just one piece of original work, making this type of design so rare and intriguing for the collector. It is born out of a moment’s inspiration, an artistic expression that is so singular in nature, to have it captured is a fleeting treat.
Mass appeal and scalability of the product are no longer necessary on either side. The creator has one original piece of work that can potentially bring in a lifetime amount of money. The purchaser no longer has to worry about fakes or duplicates.
Individual designers and artists are given free rein to conceive random and one-off pieces that express their individuality and specific artistic scope and sight. Works push the boundaries of function, aesthetics, material, and form.
Nada Debs, The Fragmented Clock, 2012
As the niche is becoming more well-rounded and established, it is now gaining broader significance and cultural influence. The transformation has brought along a challenging yet potentially advantageous scope of business.
The market is rapidly expanding, and more galleries are entering this specialised type of territory. Leading design studios are gradually morphing their galleries into this newly-found and exciting niche, favouring it over historical antiquities used to dominate the collecting world.
The process of acquiring these new objects is a process that requires more understanding, learning, knowledge, and deeper awareness of what greatness is, not only in design but also in collectible contemporary design.
One of Jeff Koons’ balloon dogs, photographed at the opening of the Broad Contemporary Art Museum, Los Angeles, 7 Feb 2008 (REX)
Those who collect contemporary design pieces do so because they feel connected to the piece, love the piece, and want to live with the piece in their homes. They connect not only with the artist or author of the piece but the material, form, function, and meaning of the piece. They also collect for social status among their peers. Collectors can display the piece prominently in their home as a conversation piece and buy from famous producers.