The living room in this Michael Imber–designed home was produced around a massive Alexander Calder mobile, while a floating wall was installed to display works by Donald Sultan and Tom Wesselmann from the homeowner’s collection.
Photo: William Abranowicz / Art + Commerce © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / ARS, New York

Captivating Alexander Calder Artworks Enliven These Interiors

The American artist’s kinetic sculptures and two-dimensional abstractions bring a sense of joy to any room

Color, line, light, and movement are central to the work of Alexander Calder, the eminent, ever-inventive American artist best known for his wire “mobile” and “stabile” sculptures. Given the way his art—no matter the scale—uniquely interacts with the environment, it’s no wonder designers keenly integrate Calder’s kinetic pieces into discerning collectors’ homes. Though he experimented with other media, from printmaking to jewelry, Calder designed domestic and tabletop sculptures that are as dynamic in residences as his monumental art is in public arenas. Culled from Galerie’s archives, the sophisticated interiors below feature a variety of Calder artworks that imbue each space with a sense of joy and wonder.

Hanging in a corner of the living room are small works by Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, while the Alexander Calder sculpture is perched between vintage Hans Olsen chairs. Joining them are a Xandre Kriel cocktail table, a Jorge Zalszupin armchair from Espasso, and a side table by Christophe Côme; the rug is by Beauvais Carpets.
Hanging in a corner of the living room are small works by Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, while the Alexander Calder sculpture is perched between vintage Hans Olsen chairs. Joining them are a Xandre Kriel cocktail table, a Jorge Zalszupin armchair from Espasso, and a side table by Christophe Côme; the rug is by Beauvais Carpets. Photo: David Marlow © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / ARS, New York

1. In Sue Hostetler’s Aspen residence, designed by Sara Story, art gives way to natural surroundings. This living room corner features small works by Andy Warhol and Takashi Murakami, as well as a Calder sculpture. Not only does the work echo the circular leaves of a nearby plant, but it also introduces a bold pop of color to the space.

An overscale Danh Vo American flag painting and a two-part wall piece by John McCracken feature in the living area of collector Eugenio López’s home. The tabletop sculpture is by Alexander Calder.
An overscale Danh Vo American flag painting and a two-part wall piece by John McCracken feature in the living area of collector Eugenio López’s home. The tabletop sculpture is by Calder. Photo: Ricardo Labougle © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / ARS, New York

2. It comes as no surprise that collector and patron Eugenio López—the mastermind behind the Museo Jumex—has filled his Mexico City home with blue-chip art. For the 1970s property’s renovations, López enlisted Madrid-based designer Luis Bustamante, who helped create a space that would do López’s 3,000-plus-piece art collection justice. The living area features works large and small, making this Calder mobile a perfect tabletop addition.

In the master bedroom of the private Boeing 747-8, an etching by Alexander Calder hangs above an Alberto Pinto-designed embossed leather bed with a saddle-stitch detail.
In the master bedroom of the private Boeing 747-8, an etching by Calder hangs above an Alberto Pinto–designed embossed leather bed with a saddle-stitch detail. Photo: Courtesy of Cabinet Alberto Pinto © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / ARS, New York

3. In 2018, Alberto Pinto Interior Design (currently run by Paris designer Linda Pinto) outfitted its first-ever private Boeing 747-8, owned by a Middle Eastern businessman. No airborne mansion would be complete without a prominent art collection. In the aircraft’s master bedroom, a Calder etching hangs above an embossed leather bed designed by Pinto.

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The living room in this Michael Imber-designed home was produced around a massive Alexander Calder mobile, while a floating wall was installed to display works by Donald Sultan and Tom Wesselmann from the homeowner’s collection.
The living room in this Michael Imber–designed home was produced around a massive Calder mobile, while a floating wall was installed to display works by Donald Sultan and Tom Wesselmann from the homeowner’s collection. Photo: William Abranowicz / Art + Commerce © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / ARS, New York

4. Architect Michael Imber so perfectly designed an art collector’s Aspen guesthouse that the homeowner decided to make it her main residence. The poured-concrete home’s furnishings set the stage for dramatic mountain views and art-filled walls. In the living room, a massive Calder mobile draws the eye upward, ensuring a 360-degree artful experience.

A Calder mobile suspends over a staircase in a La Jolla home designed by Madeline Stuart.
A Calder mobile suspends over a staircase in a Los Angeles home designed by Madeline Stuart and architect Marc Appleton. Photo: Trevor Tondro © 2020 Calder Foundation, New York / ARS, New York

5. It was designer Madeline Stuart’s love of art that won over the couple behind this Los Angeles home. To further make their residence feel like a gallery, architect Marc Appleton composed an uncommonly airy and light-filled layout, marked by expansive walls, and pared-down architectural details. Suspended works, like this Calder mobile, emphasize the 12-foot ceilings.

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