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post #136 of 4037
Glass table by Piero Lissoni:



post #137 of 4037
^ Yeah, that is a nice table.

I like this one from Fritz Hansen too.

Plano
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great ....who did them?
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A couple of years ago I was at the Biennale des Antiquaires where one dealer displayed a living room as Frank would have designed it.

Serious sticker shock, but stunning.

lefty

Ha ha ...yes, his stuff sure makes good prices. I think his designs are superbly sophisticated. On their own they are very simple and plain ....but together as an overall interior scheme, his genius is apparent.
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Glass table by Piero Lissoni:




This one is good but I guess it's too delicate.
post #141 of 4037
Cantax Halogen and LED spotlights designed by Naoto Fukasawa





Porsche Design Briefcases




Slice armchair by Pierre Charpin


Sèvres porcelain vases by Pierre Charpin


Vases by Martine Bedin




Table and chairs by Donald Judd
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great ....who did them?
Sorry. From here:

http://www.nichemodern.com/site/comp.../Itemid,10029/
post #143 of 4037
Thanks Silverback. Some of those are really interesting.
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Thanks Silverback. Some of those are really interesting.
Yes, I like them. The bulbs are fantastic.
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I sold this desk/make-up table a few years ago (it was a wreck, needed total re-veneering, so went for only ~$500):


Where were you when I was looking for a desk like this? i ended up with a monster instead.

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Ha ha ...yes, his stuff sure makes good prices. I think his designs are superbly sophisticated. On their own they are very simple and plain ....but together as an overall interior scheme, his genius is apparent.

Beautiful room. I had some more sticker shock when I asked the price of a Serge Mouille desk lamp I liked ... 30K euros. But then that was the same day a dealer friend dropped 600K euros on a Kandinsky for a client so I guess everything is relative.

lefty
post #146 of 4037
Ha ...yeah, the prices for important mid-century French furniture have skyrocketed in recent years.

This is mostly due to clever marketing and promotion by auction houses (Christies, Wright, Philips de Pury, etc) and Paris-based galleries like Jousse Entreprise, Gallerie Patrick Seguin, etc.

Design Miami/ has been quite instrumental at introducing a whole new market to mid-century and contemporary design ....and the prices have gone nuts.

Because the prices of important fine art of the 20th century is beyond the budget of all but the wealthiest collectors, 20th century design has become the new "affordable" collector market. Add to this the celebrity aspect ....when Brad Pitt was spotted buying some furniture at Design Miami/Basel, it made international news.

Meanwhile auction houses have also made a killing selling recent limited batch production furniture by important contemporary designers -- some auction houses have even commissioned designers to create special limited edition objects to satisfy this new market. Galleries like Moss and Galerie Kreo commission designers to create "Art Design" furniture to fit this new category in the market. Americans seem to be more enthusiastic about this new market than the Europeans ...but design galleries have been spreading like a virus around the world ....I can only imagine that things are getting pretty tough in the marketplace right now.


"Banquet" daybed by Maria Pergay -- $421,000 at auction in 2007.


"D" sofa by Ron Arad -- $409,000


Fernando & Humberto Campana's "Sushi" sofa sold at auction for $253,000.


Zaha Hadid sofa -- 72.000 Euros


Carlo Mollino table sold for $3.8 million
post #147 of 4037
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Meanwhile auction houses have also made a killing selling recent limited batch production furniture by important contemporary designers
I've noticed that trend has already started to backfire...they aren't selling at auction for the prices they anticipated (and generally not selling period). I noticed this trick at the last Wright auction in December, and almost all of this stuff failed to sell. Not complaining about Wright though, as at the same auction, I did manage to find a buyer for my "Ice Gun" found in a pile of junk here in Toronto for $9000. The recent level of greed in the market has really made people lazy....why wait decades for great design to be "rediscovered", when you can pick and choose who the next "it" designer will be right now, and convince the market to pay the same kind of "vintage" prices. If the market is gullible enough to be "had", then the jokes on them...I have no sympathy. Smart people generally start collecting recent design before this point. Although, I must say, that the Pergay & Mollino are in a different category...worth every penny.
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when Brad Pitt was spotted buying some furniture at Design Miami/Basel, it made international news.
That's hilarious...I know Brad is interested in architecture & design, but I'd hardly consider the guy astute. He's just another celebrity popularizing the "Eames" aesthetic.
post #148 of 4037
Apparently 1980s design is virtually dead (except perhaps some Kuramata and Arad)
Start stock piling the Sottsass and Pesce now ...could be worth a fortune in a couple of decades LOL
post #149 of 4037
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I had some more sticker shock when I asked the price of a Serge Mouille desk lamp I liked ... 30K euros.

Of course you know they have been re-issued....same factory...same machinery/tooling (even some of the same workers). Doesn't have the same market value as the 1950's originals, but for only a couple thousand retail, gives "regular" people an opportunity.
post #150 of 4037
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Apparently 1980s design is virtually dead
Start stock piling the Sottsass and Pesce now

Hehe...just recently bought a Sottsass bowl (Bitossi) & a Pesce cup (which i use as a straw holder on my kitchen counter ha).

A little more obscure, but noticing they are selling in the thousands on 1stdibs, and showing up in interior mags, are Rougier lamps. They were Canadian made & many were sold locally here back in the early 80's. I've already nabbed a couple of pairs at the flea market for under a hundred bucks.

There's all kinds of obscure things from recent decades that are not just fabulous to have (the only reason you should really collect anyway), but good candidates for near future "next great things".
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