Posts Tagged ‘Poul Henningsen’

Auction | Architect-Built Furniture

Friday, April 25th, 2014

Ettore Sottsass
Bookcase, 1994

Plastic-laminated wood.
Produced by Galerie
Mourmans, the Netherlands.
Estimate £6,000 > 8,000



The Architect
Phillips
Exhibition 23rd > 29th April 2014
Sale 29th April 2014
London | UK

Some 400 works designed by an august pantheon of international architects – among them, Michael Thonet, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Eliel Saarinen, Gerrit Rietveld, Poul Henningsen, Arne Jacobsen, Gio Ponti, Oscar Niemeyer, I M Pei, Buckminster Fuller, Ettore Sottsass, Richard Meier, Zaha Hadid and Shiguru Ban – encompassing items from the mid-19th century up to the 21st, will be auctioned next week in London.

For this inaugural event, uncompromisingly entitled The Architect, the auction house Phillips chose architect Lee F Mindel FAIA, of the New York-based multi-award-winning Sheldon, Mindel & Associates Inc, as curator. SM&A, who, since establishing their company in 1978, have designed numerous lofts and private homes – including one for musician Sting and his actress/producer wife Trudie Styler – were also responsible for the interior of the gallery/sales office for Herzog & deMeuron’s prestigious 56 Leonard Street development of luxury condominiums. The company have designed furniture and lighting as well as interiors for ocean liners and at least one Gulf Stream jet. They believe that ‘Simplicity is the most complicated thing to pursue, but when all elements synthesise, they transcend mere enclosure and become an art form.’ The latter is a quote from the magazine Architectural Digest, which has recognised SM&A as one of the top 100 design firms of the last century. On Phillips’ website Mindel himself quotes American architect Louis Kahn as having said: ‘Design is not making beauty. Beauty emerges from selection, affinities, integration, love.’ But, enough of this high-minded proselytising and sentimental stuff – so clearly intended for the unconverted. Let’s take a look at a selection of the inspiring array of objects on offer, which, hopefully, speak for themselves.



Gerrit Thomas Rietveld
Maquette, for the ‘Danish’ chair,
circa 1950>1956
Cardboard.
Estimate £4,000 > 5,000

Oscar Niemeyer
Pair of ‘Aran’ lounge chairs,
circa 1975
Leather, stainless steel.
Made by Aran Line, Italy.
Estimate £15,000 > 20,000

Arne Jakobsen
Designed for the American
Scandinavian Foundation,
New York, 1952

Leather, chromium-plated
steel, ebony, painted wood.
Made by cabinetmakers
Rud Rasmussen A/S, Denmark.
Estimate £40,000 > 60,000

I M Pei
Double-sided clock, from
the John Hancock Building,
Boston, circa 1976
Steel, acrylic
Estimate £6,000 > 8,000

Zaha Hadid
Ordrupgaard bench,
model no PP995
for the Ordrupgaard
Museum extension,
Charlottenlund, Denmark,
circa 2006.
Ash. Produced by
PP Mobler,
Denmark
Estimate £35,000 > 45,000

All images courtesy of Phillips


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Auction | 20th & 21st Century Design

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Design
Phillips
New York City, USA
Viewing: 5th–11th June, 2013
Sale: 11th June, 2013

On 25th April this year, auction house Phillips’ London Design Auction achieved the company’s highest ever result, totaling a humongous £6,109,375 / $9,286,250 / €7,147,969. Diego Giacometti’s (1902-1985) Torsade table and Marc Newson’s (b.1963) Orgone Stretch Lounge, each of which sold for£248,500 / $377,720 / €290,745, were the top two lots. Hoping to repeat that success in the forthcoming Design sale at their flagship galleries at 450 Park Avenue in New York, Phillips have gathered together some 115 interesting and diverse works by important, international 20th and 21st century designers.

While another of Newson’s Orgone series, produced around 1993 in aluminum and made by British coachbuilders specializing in the restoration of Aston Martin cars, is included, Ron Arad’s (b.1951) polished aluminium Important unique ‘Afterthought’ chair, 2007, (below) will also be sold.

Prominent amongst the Scandinavian items on sale is a large, double-spiral wall light – one of only 26 originals – from the Scala Cinema and Concert Hall, Århus Theater, circa 1955, by Danish architect, Poul Henningsen (1894-1967), or PH, as he is better known, who, synonymous with Danish lighting design, produced more than 100 lamps in his lifetime.

French designers will be strongly represented by, among many other items, a pair of doors designed by Jean Prouvé (1901-1984) for the Maisons Tropicales project, circa 1949. Prouvé’s studio produced Charlotte Perriand’s (1903-1999) architectonic Bibliotheque, circa 1954, that is also included in the sale and for which, incidentally, artist Sonia Delaunay chose the colours. French sculpture has a presence in the form of Alexander Noll’s (1890-1970) carved, abstract, elm wood piece, Untitled, circa 1970, and François-Xavier LaLanne’s (1927-2008) patinated bronze, Singe Avise (Grand), circa 2005, which, estimated at £613,560-920,160/$400,000-600,000/€523,480-785220, leads the auction.


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Poul Henningsen
Large double-spiral wall light, from the Scala Cinema and Concert Hall, Århus Theater, circa 1955
Estimate £230,014-383,325/$150,000-250,000/€114,630-327,150

Charlotte Perriand
Bibliothèque, circa 1954
Estimate £306,700-460,080/$200,000-300,000/€261,720-392,550

Alexandre Noll
Untitled, circa 1970
Estimate £184,030-276,085/$120,000-180,000/€157008-235,530

Ron Arad
Important unique ‘Afterthought’ chair, 2007
Estimate £306,700-460,080/$200,000-300,000/€261,720-392,550

Images courtesy of Phillips


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