Alvar and I

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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


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.

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