Martin Albert Interiors is excited to be a part of the Whitney Museum Biennial Exhibit — which will also be the last exhibit featured in the museum’s Madison Avenue location. Donna DeSalvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs, has called this particular exhibit “…one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”

Speaking of diverse, the piece that we helped artist Bjarne Melgaarde create is perhaps the most diverse piece Martin Albert Interiors has ever been commissioned to create.


Recommended to MAI by one of our long-time clients, Ralph Lauren Home, who knew Martin Albert Interiors could guarantee both quality and expediency, Melgaarde visited our Midtown Manhattan studio with his plan for a sofa. The final product was to be 3 pieces — 2 attached and 1 separate.  And there was nothing “normal” about the piece, from the arm heights to the back.


The framework was constructed and covered in muslin. Then Melgaarde returned with images custom-printed on fabrics, and proceeded to sketch a “map” of where the pieces should go right onto the muslin. The trick was to get the elaborate patchwork of fabrics to fit, while maintaining the integrity of all the images used.


The piece took about 3 weeks to create. The exhibit runs from March 7 to May 25, 2014.

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