“The mind which plunges into Surrealism, relives with burning excitement the best part of childhood.” -Andre Breton, Surrealist Manifesto, 1924
French poet and founder of the Surrealism movement Andre Breton had a point. To live within the realm of the absurd, the unconscious, the surreal, is to live in a state of wonder. This is a place where creativity can run rampant. Things don’t have to make perfect sense. There are limitless possibilities.
We’ve had the pleasure of experiencing plenty of surreal spaces during the course of our lives, from mind-bending contemporary art installations, to the Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico. Spending time in environments like these makes us feel alive. They get our wheels turning… get us thinking about incorporating some of these nonsensical concepts into our own living spaces.
So why not sleep in a gold bed in the shape of a duck? And why not illuminate your living room with a floor lamp fit for a giant? And why not decorate with sculptures of human body parts like eyes, lips and hands throughout your home? It’s fun. It keeps your guests guessing. And it keeps you inspired.
We’ve collected some photos of surreal environments and home objects, among them hotels, retail spaces, art installations, and essentric residential homes. Playful and experimental, each of these spaces is full of imagination. Like Breton said, they make us relive “with burning excitement the best part of childhood.”