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George Nelson Secretary by Herman Miller

Made from teak, aluminum, leather and enameled metal, this drop-front secretary conceals five drawers and illuminated storage and single door conceals storage compartment with one adjustable shelf and two drawers.

Secretary, by George Nelson, for Herman Miller, Estimate: $3,000–4,000 at auction: Wright

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$240,000 Oak Sideboard by Charlotte Perriand

Works by Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé are in demand. This storage unit designed by Charlotte Perriand was commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Cor through Galerie Steph Simon to accompany the Nuage Bibliothèque. Three sliding doors conceal storage compartment and two adjustable shelves.

Bloc bahut, 1959, by Charlotte Perriand, Ateliers Jean Prouvé for Galerie Steph Simon,
Sold at Auction for $240,000 Wright

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Sol LeWitt Cube Structures

Sol LeWitt helped establish Conceptualism and Minimalism as dominant movements of the postwar era. Many of LeWitt’s works explore the variations possible within the basic structure of a cube. The permutations are simple, clear and logical.

“Conceptual artists are mystics rather than rationalists. They leap to conclusions that logic cannot reach.”
- Sol LeWitt

Cube Without a Cube, $21,600 (top two) and K 1 2 3 4 5 6 #2, $132,000 (bottom)
by Sol LeWitt 1928-2007, Sold at Auction at Wright

Prisma, A Villain Chair by Voitto Haapalainen

Dr. Evil would be proud.

Prisma chair, ca. 1970, by Voitto Haapalainen, for Tehokaluste, Finland, $7,200.
Sold at Auction at Wright20

Million Dollar Satellite Hanging Light by Eileen Gray

A rare pendant light designed by Eileen Gray is up for auction at Christie’s. It is expected to fetch just under 1 million dollars. It is part of a collection of the late Yves Saint Laurent and Pierre Berge. The auction, described as the “sale of the century” also includes rare works by Brancusi, Léger, Braque, Matisse and Picasso.

The light is made of cream-painted aluminium, composed of three superimposed flat rings in ascending scale mounted in alternation with three stepped conical shades in descending scale.

Satellite Hanging Light, ca. 1925, by Eileen Gray, Estimate €600,000 – €800,000, Collection Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge, Auction at Christie’s, 23 – 25 February

Yves Saint Laurent, Brancusi Sculpture on Auction at Christie’s

Constantin Brancusi owes its outstanding reputation mainly his sculptures in stone and bronze, cut or molded, smooth and polished to perfection. The public knows little wooden works, much less numerous and, at first, were not well received, as to be rejected by private collectors.
Madame LR is a wonderful example of the first wooden sculptures by Brancusi: By choosing the material and the technique of direct cutting through the iconography and the intent underlying its creation, this work is Indeed, far from the normal production of the sculptor. While the Bird in Space, amounts to heaven in a spiritual movement and almost intangible—wooden sculptures are massive, rooted in soil and mysteriously enigmatic.

It is difficult to assess accurately the number of wood sculptures by Brancusi realized, as some have been dismantled, reconstructed or destroyed, but it is estimated that there were still some thirty sculptures or fragments of sculpture. Most of them were executed between 1913 and 1925, during which Brancusi also produces oak stands to put his works in marble or bronze. Although he produced some great wooden sculptures after 1920 and continued to pedestals, the works of the early years remain the most surprising.

Portrait of Madame L.R., by Constantin Brancusi, Estimate €15,000,000 – €20,000,000, Collection Yves Saint Laurent & Pierre Berge, Auction at Christie’s, 23 – 25 February

Sydney bowl by Giuseppe Raimondi

This curious container made of glazed porcelain is a homage to the Sydney icon, designed by Jørn Utzon.

Sydney bowl, 1970, by Giuseppe Raimondi, $2400, Sold at Auction, Wright

1938 Gerrit Rietveld Zig Zag Chair Sells for $40,625

Two original Zig Zag Chairs made from painted wood and brass hardware were sold at Auction at Sotheby’s. The chair unadorned and the cantilever concept broke new ground in furniture design. They were designed by Gerrit Rietveld and manufactured by Gerard van de Groenekan, De Bilt, in the Netherlands, and then Cassina Italy from 1971.

Zig Zag Chairs, $40,625, Sold at Auction, at Sotheby’s

Chair #1 by Peter Eisenman

Wright is holding an auction of chairs designed by architects.
FORM: Contemporary Architects at Play was a collaborative exhibition and project initiated by the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and realized with materials and fabrication costs donated by the Formica Corporation. The project represents a coming together of patronage, industry and artistry in truly cutting-edge designs.
Chair #1 is Peter Eisenman’s first and only chair design. This work is number three from the edition of three.

Chair #1, by Peter Eisenman, 2008, Manufactured by Art Woodworking & Mfg., Co. Estimate: $18,000–22,000 at Auction Wright

Marc Newson Orgone Lounge up for Auction at Sotheby’s

“The form is one that I was striving for when I made the ‘Lockheed Lounge’ but, in those days, I didn’t have the knowledge or the resources to make it.”
- Marc Newson

Designed in 1993, the Orgone Stretch Lounge, made of aluminium and enamel, is the second artist’s proof from an edition of six plus two artist’s proofs produced by Pod. Orgone is expected to fetch up to a million dollars at auction at Sotheby’s in London this month.

Orgone Stretch Lounge, 400,000 – 600,000 GBP, by Marc Newson for Pod.
Auction at Sotheby’s, London, UK, Saturday, October 18th

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