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June 25, 2014
Chicago-based auction house Wright is well-regarded for its 20th-century furniture sales—and for discoveries of underrated modern craft. We've rounded up our top ten picks from the 2014 Mass Modern sale, many of which are available with no reserve (look for the piggy bank icon next to the estimated sale price).
Wright 20th century furniture design auction includes a leather sling armchair by Norwegian designer Arne Tidemand Ruud
Between young Norwegian designers taking over the Milan Furniture Fair and an impressive exhibition on antique furniture from Norway during ICFF, it's safe to say Nordic design is going strong. One great example of Norway's output is Arne Tidemand Ruud's leather sling chair from 1965. Estimate $1,500-$2,000 (no reserve).
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Wright 20th century design auction includes Dieters Rams desk fan for Braun
Dieter Rams for a song: his circa-1961 HL1 desk fan for Braun, which is in working order, is estimated at $500-$700. (No reserve.)
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Wright auction leather office chair Charles Pollock for Knoll.
Fans of designer Charles Pollock will be into this pair of camel leather-upholstered office chairs designed by Pollock for Knoll, estimated to net between $700 and $900. (No reserve.) The upholstery resembles the chair he designed for Bernhardt in 2012 and the chair itself is a classic in the midcentury modern canon.
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Ettore Sottsass Yantra series yellow Memphis style vase in the Wright 20th century design auction.
Ettore Sottsass's influence is everywhere in 2014, from saturated colors to postmodern silhouettes to a retrospective exhibition during Milan Design Week. Now you can snap up a piece of the magic—his Yantra series vase, in bright yellow, will yield an estimated $1,000-$1,500 with no reserve. (See some of Sottsass's private collection, auctioned off in late 2013 at Christie's.)
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Paul McCobb wood and travertine coffee table at Wright midcentury design auction.
American designer Paul McCobb's travertine-topped coffee table from the Irwin Collection (check out the corresponding cabinet with hutch as well) is estimated to go for $1,000-$1,500 with no reserve.
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Joe Colombo Topo white table lamp in Wright midcentury design auction.
Joe Colombo—whose exuberant, often plastic, always mod creations solidified his reputation as a go-to midcentury designer—is represented in Mass Modern with some great lighting pieces, including his Topo table lamp from 1970. Estimate $700-$900 (no reserve).
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Raymond Loewy red laminate storage cabinet at Wright modern design auction.
Raymond Loewy, also known as the godfather of industrial design, designed this hot little laminate DF-2000 valet cabinet for the French Compagnie d'Esthetique Industrielle in 1960. Estimate is $1,000-$1,500 (no reserve).
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Danish designer Børge Mogensen teak dining table at Wright modern design auction.
Danish furniture designer Børge Mogensen was one of a handful responsible for crafting the "Danish modern" look so prevalent throughout the 20th century. His teak dining table, model 162, is expected to net between $1,000 and $1,500—a real bargain if you encounter few other bidders.
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Herman Miller graphic design posters 1970s at Wright modern design auction
Stephen Frykholm's Summer Picnic posters for Herman Miller, a set of five designed between 1971 and 1981, is estimated to run $1,000-$1,500. This one's on reserve.
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Alvar Aalto birch plywood wall shelves at Wright modern design auction
Ever hankered for a piece of Alvar Aalto? Consider the Finnish architect's birch plywood shelving, a set of four estimated to net $1,000-$1,500 (no reserve). Check out all the lots for sale at Wright's 2014 Mass Modern auction here.
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Wright 20th century furniture design auction includes a leather sling armchair by Norwegian designer Arne Tidemand Ruud
Between young Norwegian designers taking over the Milan Furniture Fair and an impressive exhibition on antique furniture from Norway during ICFF, it's safe to say Nordic design is going strong. One great example of Norway's output is Arne Tidemand Ruud's leather sling chair from 1965. Estimate $1,500-$2,000 (no reserve).

The Mass Modern auction at Wright opens on June 12, 2014 at 10am EST.

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