“The Most Surreal Furniture”

The work of Sigmund Freud was profoundly influential for the surreal, particularly his book, The Interpretation of Dreams (1899). Freud legitimized the importance of dreams and the unconscious as valid revelations of human emotion and desires for violence.

It provided a theoretical basis for much of Surrealism.

But most importantly, consciousness is the staple for Surrealism.

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Andre Breton wrote the Surrealist Manifesto in Paris based on his theory of automation in 1924–the rest is history.

However, Salvador Dali is the epitome of surrealism.

Unlike the free-thinking writers, Dali had the ability to render his vivid and bizarre dreams with seemingly journalistic accuracy. He developed the paranoid-critical method, which involved systematic irrational thought and self-induced paranoia as a way to access his unconscious.

He referred to the resulting works as “hand-painted dream photographs” because of their realist, fantastical qualities.

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Surrealism grew out of the Dada movement, which was also a rebellion against middle-class complacency, eventually becoming the aesthetic for Communist advertisements.

Artistic influences, however, came from many different sources, some as far back as Primitivism and Naive styles of painting.

Eventually, deriving from the same ideology of dreamlike manifestations, blossomed Constructivism. This was a rejection of the idea of autonomous art.

The movement was in favor of art as a practice for social purposes.

Well, fast forward to today…if you ever wondered what it would look like if Salvador Dalí designed your living room (we’re pretty sure he had impeccable interior designing skills, nonetheless), check out the latest project from Parisian design house M/M.

It suffices to say, it’s surreal.

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The pieces of furniture in M/MAISON is the latest project from Parisian design house debuted at Milan’s Fashion week a few weeks back.

With such illustrative design, it’s hard to believe that these pieces belong to the realm of reality. Luckily for us, they do, and you can go see them in a special exhibition at the Plusdesign Gallery in Milan.

Here are some of the other projects on display at the Plusdesign Gallery.

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