Auction 157B

International Design

30. June 2021 at 3:00 PM CET

The 'Design' auction on June 30th features a wide range of furniture, lights, glass and ceramics.

There are some very special treasures, especially among the lighting objects. The ceiling light from the Seurahuone Hotel in Savonlinna, Finland - a masterpiece of light art by Paavo Tynell - is the absolute star lot of this auction. Fragile brass leaves and a perforated body create interesting shadows, which can change the atmosphere of any room (EUR 60,000 - 80,000). Further highlights of the international lighting design are the two 'Petit Saturne' wall lights (EUR 8,000 - 10,000) and the 'Antony' table light (EUR 7,000 - 8,000) by Serge Mouille. The lights designed in the 1950s have long since taken their place among the classics of French design. An extremely rare, 170 cm long, ceiling light designed by Hans-Agne Jakobsson around 1960 (EUR 6,000 - 7,000) and a row of coveted designs by Italian lighting specialist Gino Sarfatti (EUR 400 - EUR 3,500) complete the selection. Furthermore, the floorlamp by Jean Boris Lacroix, around 1955, with a lampshade made of white and red Plexiglas (EUR 7,000 - 9,000) is also extremely interesting and very, very rare.

For those particularly fascinated by color in design, we can offer some very unusual objects from the 1980s. The iconic 'Vodöl' armchair by the architectural group Coop Himmelb (l) au was executed in two shades of blue and is an important icon of Deconstructivism in product design. Other fascinating designs by Marc Newson, Ettore Sottsass, Tom Dixon and Philippe Starck enrich the range of products from this contradicting but popular decade. The designs from the late 1980s by Andrée Putman for the interior of the five-star 'Hotel im Wasserturm' in Cologne are far more minimalistic; After the sensational success in our spring auction at the beginning of March, we can now offer the inventory of yet another room in the cult hotel. With 23 items, ranging from armchairs to table lights and carpets to bathroom furnishings, collectors and friends of the grande dame of French design will get their money's worth. The more sober creations by Scandinavian designers are also in demand all over the world: The 'PK 25' lounge chairs by Paul Kjaerholm on offer, elegantly reserved, exemplify that fact. They were designed in 1952 and are now valued at EUR 10,000-12,000.

The simple towering 'Dinah' chest of drawers by Shiro Kuramata (EUR 7,000 - 8,000) represents the area of ​​Japanese design. Executed by Cappelini, Milan, this example is number 22 from a numbered re-edition. Also in black and white, the 'Highnoon' armchair by Kazuo Shinohara is a fitting thematic continuation. The armchair produced by the Italian company Sawaya & Moroni is now available for an estimate of EUR 4,000 - 4,500.

The true highlights of French design, the ceiling and wall lamps by Serge Mouille met with great interest, as always. Thus, the two wall lights 'Petit Saturne' were knocked down for the upper estimate price of € 10,000. In the field of French design, the designs of Andrée Putman from the Hotel Wasserturm in Cologne received a lot of attention.

Furniture by Scandinavian designers, including designs by Poul Kjaerholm, Hans-Agne Jacobsson, Alvar Aalto and Poul Henningsen, as well as Italian designs such as the object armchair by Mauro Mori, made from a single piece of wood, were successfully auctioned. Special lighting designs enjoyed great popularity such as the table lamp '611/P e G', 1973 (hammer price € 6.400) as well as the floor lamp '1086', 1961 (hammer price € 3.100), both by Gino Sarfatti, but also lamps by Alessandro Mendini, Angelo Lelli and Isamu Noguchi were in demand. We are also pleased with the armchair 'Theodora' by Ettore Sottsass, which climbed from an estimated € 1,200 - 1,500 to a hammer price of € 3,800. They were all auctioned well above the estimate price limits thanks to your participation and interest.

Even unusual designs such as the cactus clothes rack by Gufram, the armchairs by the Campana brothers, the rare 'Fächermann' from the studio Susi and Ueli Berger, or the design classic 'Donna' - 'UP 5' by Gaetano Pesce were bought at auction by interested bidders from all over the world.

Unsold objects can be purchased in the post-sale until August 6.