Thursday, April 14, 2011

Getting inspired at an auction preview - modern

I went to the Doyle@Home auction preview in New York, and founds lots to be inspired by in the furniture as well as the staging they did. There were quite a number of pieces designed by and/or from the collection of designer Larry Laslo. The auction took place April 12th, and here are some of the items and the results.

I love the white table against the huge blue painting.  The buffet table was designed by Tommi Parzinger, circa 1960's, and is made of white lacquered and stained wood, with brass and glass details. It had an auction estimate of $4,000 - $6,000, and was in the collection of designer Larry Laslo. It sold for $4,063.

The painting is a wonderful way to add impact and color to a room. It was painted by Hunt Slonem  (American, b. 1951), and is dated August 1990. It's a huge 72 x 96 inches, and had an estimate of $6,000 - $8,000. It sold for $7,500.
These chairs are so cool, and if you look closely at the table legs they add lots of fun to the dining scene! The table was designed by Larry Laslo and has a marble top 
bronze-patinated steel base. It had an auction estimate $2,000 - $4,000, and sold for $2,813.

The set of six chairs are 20th century and are made of ebonized wood, with brass detailing on the feet. The simple white upholstery makes the shape stand out. The auction estimate was $800 - $1,200. These sold for $1,063.
This diminutive art deco desk with the shagreen detail would be wonderful if you are looking to squeeze a work area in to your apartment or a small bedroom. It looks good even if you don't use it as a desk. This desk is attributed to Dominique (Andre Domin and Marcel Genevriere) circa 1925. It is made of ivory inlaid rosewood, with shagreen (sharkskin)  front and a sycamore interior. The auction estimate was $10,000 - $15,000. This went unsold, which means it had a reserve on it that wasn't met. It will be back, I bet!
These chairs and side table were designed by Josef Hoffmann circa 1907 for Thonet Mundus, and are made of bentwood and upholstery. The chairs and table are described as being associated, and not a true set. These would work well in a bedroom, or to add extra seating to your living room off on the side or in a corner. The auction estimate was $2,000 - $3,000 and they sold for $3,750.

For some Hollywood regency glamor, a mirrored piece of furniture is the ticket. The mirror's frame is quirky and fun too! The table is described as a 20th century designed mirrored side cabinet from the collection of Larry Laslo. It had an auction estimate of $1,000 - $2,000, and sold for $2,500.

The mirror is also from Larry Laslo's collection. It is an Italian 20th century mirror and had an auction estimate of $1,500 - $2,500.It sold for $2,125.

Elle Decor - Home of Larry Laslo

I ran in to the original table that Laslo based his design on in this Elle Decor photo. This table was a 1937 Gilbert Poillerat.

I love wandering around auction previews to get ideas. These photos all have elements that I like, such as using a big abstract painting as a key design element, and looking for great detailing in furniture such as brass accents, shagreen, and great shapes. We didn't bid on anything, but we got some great inspiration!

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