This week we attended Phillips evening and day Design Sale, the first design auction at Phillips new Berkeley Square location. The two sales were auctioning some truly exquisite pieces from top designers from the 20th and 21st Century. With over 250 lots, the sales showcased pieces from almost every major movement during these times, with some classic items and cutting-edge, contemporary designs. Here's a few of our highlights from the two auctions.
While Jean Royére revelled in rich colour and jewel tones, we loved this organic oakwood dining table (below left) from c. 1955.
This folding campaign bed (below right) came from the private collection King Georg V, Royal House of Hanover c. 1800. Its designer is unknown but undoubtedly holds a great deal of history. The combination of forged iron and maroquin leather give it a real sense of elegant luxury.
Sold for £35,000
This pair of wall panels was designed by one of Art Deco's finest lacquer artists; Jean Dunand. They were originally designed for the smoking room of the French Embassy Pavilion at the world renowned L'Exposition Internationale des Arts Décoratifs et Industriels Modernes held in Paris in 1925. Executed in lacquered wood and silver leaf they are a true testament to Art Deco design.
Sold for £80,500
Marc Newson's Lockheed Lounge (below left) c. 1990 was a major talking point at the auction. Newson has become one of the highest selling designers at auction of all time. This piece shows his Biomorphic influence and with its organic curvature and fluidity and really is a spectacular piece of design that could become the unique centrepiece of any room.
Sold for £2,434,500
Shiro Kuramata's rare two seater sofa uses copper-plated steel mesh and copper-plated steel. Its lattice effect gives it an airy lightness despite its use of durable materials.
Zaha Hadid always triumphs with her modern elegance and purity of design. This white Aqua table below instantly caught our eye. The fluidity of its design is typical of her design and architectural work.