Here's a chic solution for a large unwieldy piece that's too big to be placed on a shelf, atop most coffee tables, or even in some closets. In the mid-1960s, Annette Reed (today we know her as Mrs. Oscar de la Renta) cleverly juxtaposed a utilitarian-yet-handsome art portfolio with a curvaceous leather-covered 18th-century armchair. Basically the portfolio is rigged on a simple stand for all to see.
Horst photographed the room in 1966, and the captions in Horst Interiors simply describe the case as a "crisply engineered foil for a comfortable armchair." Whether it held a collection of oversized prints, like a double-elephant folio (up to 50"), or art created by a member of the family, I don't know. Reed did paint the trompe l'oeil of bookshelves in the background, which reminds me a little of Jennifer's great mural painted by Laura Boles Faw. Either way, I imagine the display allowed for relatively easy viewing and made a good conversation piece.
On the topic of living with art, Jen Bekman, the gallerist who believes in art for everyone, gives a sneak peek at her own collection over at design*sponge. Photographer Dorthe Alstrup is one of many artists represented. Shown directly above is Alstrup's sold out Untitled (Max).
First two images from the top © Horst Interiors
FYI: Laura Boles Faw is known for her sculpture and typically only does decorative work for her sister.