Thursday, February 24, 2011

Modernism @Auction

There are a number of auctions coming up focused on Modernism that have me quite excited and get the creative juices flowing.

We went to the Stair Galleries preview in Hudson, NY for their February 25th Modernism auction. I love the room scenes they staged. I could easily move in to the 'room' in the top photo, and sit down in one of those comfy looking chairs. The second photo has the look of a 1930s movie set.

For the look in the first photo, this pair of Art Deco black lacquer bergeres are Lot 37, and have an auction estimate of $600 - $800.

The low table is Art Deco-style, and is Lot 38. It's made of black lacquer and chrome and has an auction estimate of $500 - $800.

The Art Deco 3 piece parlor set are Lot 67 and have an auction estimate of $800 - $1,200. Instant Art Deco chic for your living room!

We know Everyone needs a tea cart! This one sitting between the two chairs was designed by Alvar Aalto for Artek. It's a laminated and bent birch tea cart with black laminate panels. It's Lot 45 and has an auction estimate of $300 - $500. A tea cart is so versatile and this one works as an end table, or just might be your bar when you have a party.

Sotheby's New York has a 20th Century Design auction coming up March 10th. It is full of big name designers, including this settee and armchairs attributed to Josef Hoffmann. Hoffman was a co-founder of the Wiener Werkstatte, and I love the clean styling. This set is Lot 33, and has an auction estimate of $2,000 - $3,000.

If you like this style, check out the current exhibition at the Neue Galerie in New York titled Vienna 1900, which includes works by Hoffmann, among others.

Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) has a sale March 6th titled Modern Art and Design. You could easily furnish your modernist room at this auction. I picked three pieces for my imaginary modernist living room. This pair of Edward Wormley for Dunbar (circa 1950) slipper benches caught my eye for their wonderful size and clean lines. They're bigger than a chair, but not quite as big as a love seat.  These are Lot 37 and have an auction estimate of $2,500 - $3,500.

These chairs are also designed by Edward Wormley for Dunbar, circa 1968. I think they'd go quite well in the room with the slipper benches. The backs make them more interesting than other chairs of this style. These are Lot 35 in the LAMA auction, and have an auction estimate of $700 - $900.
The LAMA sale includes this Paul McCobb cabinet made in 1962 for the Delineator Group. It stands 78" tall, is Lot 38, and has an auction estimate of $2,000 - $3,000. The design makes this great for storage and display. I think this would look great in our living room decor, and we can just add some colorful vases to finish the look.

The 20th century brought in fabulous modern design. In this selection from upcoming auctions we span 1905 to 1968. Have fun mixing something from all the design periods in the 20th century for a cool Modernist vibe.

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