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From our 50’s couch

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1. Willy Van Der Meeren designed: yours for  € 400.000, including the Friso Kramer chairs (City Furniture via Reference Library)

Van der Meren

2. Two Boomerang chairs find a beautiful home (via Atelier)

3. Too fashionable now: Prouvé x G-Star Raw

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July 11, 2011 at 2:03 am

Le Corbusier’s Indian masterpiece Chandigarh is stripped for parts

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Chandigarh’s furniture again. A recent article in The Guardian reports the campaign led by Manmohan Nath Sharma, to preserve the capital of Punjab and Haryana and prevent the “removal” of artifacts, including furniture from the numerous public buildings. Sharma was the first assistant of Le Corbusier in Chandigarh and later took over as chief architect of the city. A petition to support this effort can be signed here.

It’s true that emulating the success of dealers with salvaged Prouvé furniture from Africa and elsewhere, many of Chandigarh’s furniture, most of it designed by Jeanneret, have surfaced on the market. The forthcoming Philips de Pury & Company sale being the latest example. Atelier also reminds us of this Wallpaper* piece from about 2 years ago.

Some will view this as the market enabling the salvage of beautiful pieces of furniture that would otherwise be lost forever, others will see it as plundering of universal patrimony by unscrupulous merchants. In the absence of facts, hard to tell which is right. The case of Chandigarh is however specific in that there is the need to preserve the whole integrity of the place, its architecture and artifacts (including furniture).

Since there is an effort to draw the attention of Indian and international authorities to the preservation of Chandigarh, we believe this should be supported. Philips de Pury and others can make their profits on what is already and legitimately on the market.

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March 22, 2011 at 3:00 am

Way out of our league

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Well, we cannot really complain about fetichism here, but we can still spot a speculative bubble when we see one. Astronomical prices for mid-century furniture is nothing new for the likes of Prouvé, Perriand, Ponti and Molino, but every time we look they seem to increase. Cue the sales from the recent Design Miami in the margins of the Art Basel Fair.

Among mostly contemporary “Furnitart” on sale at very very high prices (Bouroulec at $40,000 a piece any one?), several well heeled mid-century specialists were present: Sebastian and Barquet, Jousse Entreprises, Gallerie Seguin and R 20th Century among them. Guess this was an inspired move for them!

Galerie Jousse Entreprise

the Mexican bookcase by Perriand and Prouvé went for €130,000 to a Russian collector. It’s not only football teams…

Secret Habit

Galerie Seguin

Jean Royère “Ours Polaire” Sofa and armchairs,1949, sold for $800,000…

the “Croisillon” bed (at the back): yours for a mere $125,000

DESIGN MIAMI, 2010

R Gallery

Joaquim Tenreiro table – € 300,000

(and it’s even not Jacaranda…)

I guess that we are a bit jealous. More on Design Miami here and The Art Newspaper.

Minimal Desks circa 1950s

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The 1950s were a great period for desk design. Economic expansion and the rise of the tertiary sector perhaps explain that. There is still a lot of sobriety in the designs, as if reminiscent of the deprivations of the war. Only towards the end of the decade do we see more expansive lines.

Finn Juhl (1948)

Franco Albini, #80 desk (1949)

Jacques Adnet (1950)

Jean Prouvé – Standard desk (1950)

Charles and Ray Eames – ESU desk (1952)

Greta Magnusson Grossman (1952)

Pierre Paulin – (1953)

Hans Wegner (1954)

Jean Prouvé – Compas desk (1955)

Jules Wabbes (1955)

Franco Albini – stadera desk (1958)

FRANCO ALBINI

Ico Parisi –  (1958)

Nana Ditzel (1960)

From our 50s couch

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Assorted links of interest:

1. We are not usually fans of the craft/organic school of design, but we are nevertheless open to exceptions, such as the Tree Table by Carl Auböck.

2. Jean Royère “wave” lamp (does anybody know the real name?). UPDATE: it’s calledSerpentin” and featured in this auction.

3. Jean Prouvé, La Poetica dell’ Ogetto Tecnico (a Vitra exhibition at the Accademia di architettura di Mendrisio in Switzerland)

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February 25, 2010 at 3:25 am

We want more catalogues raisonnés of furniture designers

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When stumbling across an attractive vintage piece, it would be nice to dig in our library (or even better online) the ultimate reference book or a catalogue raisonné to situate it in time and in the body of work of the designer. After all our visual senses, knowledge and memory are limited… Here are below some that we found.

The Furniture of Poul Kjaerholm: Catalogue Raisonné by Michael Sheridan

Alvar Aalto: The Complete Catalog of Architecture, Design and Art by Goran Schildt

Jean Prouvé by Laurence Bergerot and Patrick Seguin (review on Artcritical.com)

Complete Kagan: Vladimir Kagan–A Lifetime of Avant-Garde Design by Vladimir Kagan himself

Graham Mancha offers a nice selection of reference books at Design for Modern Living in the UK

The begining of an online catalog raisonné of Charles and Ray Eames on Eames Office and of Jens Risom furniture on Risom.org

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February 5, 2010 at 10:03 pm