Moss Auction at Phillips de Pury
In our September entertaining issue, we profiled the one and only Murray Moss, New York design impresario and "ringmaster" of the over-the-top, irreverent design objects with high price tags. At the time, we couldn't mention that Moss's imminent auction of design-art pairings would be held at the venerable Phillips de Pury. Now that all is said and done with the auction, which raked in over $5.5 million, we know exactly what Moss was thinking by pairing the likes of a Campana brothers' stuffed-animal armchair with Christopher Winter painting of Alpine children. We also know that rare Hella Jongerius pottery is more lucrative than a chair, or even a custom Polder sofa. More details in our slideshow.
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- In February, Murray Moss closed his landmark SoHo design emporium to open a smaller headquarters. Now he’s pursuing a new agenda: marrying art and design in a 21st-century Wunderkammer.
Over the last decade Chicago's Wright auction house, one of the premier venues for modern design, has helped establish and define the collectable market. Since 2000 the auction house has sold over 20,000 lots of modern pieces—from a $2,300 George Nelson Ball Clock in 2000 to Pierre Koenig's Case Study House #21 that went for $3,185,600 in December of 2006. With an upcoming auction simply titled "Modern Design" on March 23rd we selected the items on which we would like place our bids.
Denver-based filmmaker Amie Knox of A bar K Productions shot the documentary on location in Amsterdam, Rotterdam, Makkum, Indianapolis and New York. The half-hour film explores Jongerius’ design process through interviews with the designer and her assistants, the manufacturers of her designs and the curators and retailers who admire her work. This seminal designer and her influence are discussed by leading figures in international design, including Paola Antonelli (The Museum of Modern Art, New York), R. Craig Miller (Indianapolis Museum of Art) and New York design retailer Murray Moss. Manufacturers of her designs are also featured, including Rolf Fehlbaum (Vitra), Michael Maharam (Maharam), and Jan Tichelaar (Royal Tichelaar, Makkum).
Jongerius and filmmaker Arnie Knox will be onhand after the screening for a Q&A.
- “Form follows function” has been the go-to paradigm for evaluating good design since American architect Louis Sullivan articulated the idea more than a century ago.
This work, created in Japan in 1968, is number two from an edition of fifty. It's sold accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from the Kuramata Design Office, signed by Mieko Kuramata.
Jean Prouve's enameled-steel table, with a laminate top, debuted in 1953 in France.
- A photo-rich array of Friday Finds today. Enjoy!
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