Styling with Art: The Art of Transformation

Posted by Mandy Poernig on 22nd September 2015

It’s no secret that art can transform an environment, whether it’s a living space, a work place or a public area; just ask our resident collections advisor Conrad Carvhalo, art has the ability to influence the atmosphere of any environment. 


So this week we’re celebrating transformation in its literal sense, the furnishings and artworks designed to physically transform and those that will transform your home …

Note to city dwellers, these pieces are also great for space saving!


Let us start with the art. Robert Pereira Hind's artwork physically transforms, his series Arboretum features stills of striking trees printed onto a gold leaf background. Over the years the gold leaf will tarnish and age, metamorphosing into a more atmospheric and characterful piece. Reminding us that transformation doesn’t have to be a heavy handed concept, but a gradual development over time.  


Arboretum Autumn

Robert Pereira Hind


Now, if you’re inspired by transformation in its literal sense, featured artist Emma Johnson is the one for you. Emma recycles old maps and paper paraphernalia transforming them into reconstituted and complex new artworks. These intricately detailed 3D layered maps explore the abstract journey of the subject, whether it’s the mind, emotions or memory and will be a real focal point in any room.


X (You Are Here) Greenwich Reach 

Emma Johnson 


To help transform your home look to Helen O’Keefe, who has recently developed a method of painting onto Plexiglass with attached mirrors which gives a 3D effect. With these and the paintings on glass, she has been exploring the effects of reflections and illusions. This has led to intriguing and absorbing possibilities and seems to her to reflect the kaleidoscopic elements in life.


Coral Reef (Box)

Helen O'Keefe


Tina Mammoser's Scarborough studio with close proximity to the Yorkshire coastline has resulted in some incredible work. Her paintings are abstract, but clearly recognisable as landscapes and seascapes. She captures the luminous quality of the light and air near the sea, with hints of geological structures and patterns. 

Rise Art Curator, Kathryn Roberts says, "Tina’s skilful use of line and colour first drew my attention online. However, when viewing her work in person, you soon become aware that even the most subtle change in light is enough to transform an apparently simple work into a complex study of land, sea and atmosphere."


At Fisherman's Pier 

Tina Mammoser 


And so to furnishings, whether you’re looking to enrich your home or make the most of space, furnishings can be functional and artistic, like this oceanic inspired coffee table by Neil Scott (1) or this captivating mirror from Heals (4) that looks more like a piece of art. You can transform the look of your home with a few key statement pieces, and this unique coffee table concept by Glass Italia (5) will influence the atmosphere of any room.  But let’s not forget, we live in an age where space is limited and transformational items have never been more relevant. These bookshelf stairs from London Architects Levitate (3) are the epitome of intelligent design and these Twig Chairs with interchangeable tops, by designer Nendo for Alias (2) are a great way to simply change the scenery of your dining room.