We were very keen on exploring Christie’s sale ‘Style and Spirit’ this September as its features a carefully chosen selection of piece from Core One’s collection. Sadly, Core One Antiques, known for being one of the best and most discerning spaces in London to buy antiques has been forced out from their Kings Road gasworks location. Some of the dealers who shared the space are moving together to a converted aircraft hangar in Gloucestershire so thankfully Core One will live on. Christie’s has marked this moment by auctioning a selection of Core One’s finest pieces, among other spectacular pieces from various sources for ‘Style and Spirit’.
We wanted to share a selection of our favourite pieces from the sale.
We were struck by this marvellous collection of ten French armchairs. Painted blue, they have elegant circular seats within a wire-work frame. They were designed by Pascal Mourgue who aimed to design pieces of furniture that were both modern in design but had a timeless style. He focussed on designing for both home and office interiors. His initial training in sculpture was stayed embedded in his furniture design, and these armchairs are a beautiful example of his sculptural moulding.
This Italian stone console table really stood out as being a unique piece. Atop its stone legs sits a stunning specimen marble top. The top is inset with various onyx, granite and breccia marble specimens. While its top has a real sense of luxury, its simple design give it an overall elegance that would sit perfectly in either a classic or modern interior and compliment a subtle colour palette.
We loved the elegant simplicity of this Italian vellum and fruitwood sideboard. It was designed by Paolo Buffa in c. 1940 and features a beautiful pleated satin top. Buffa worked initially as an architect and even had a brief stint working for Gio Ponti. Alongside designing incredible buildings including country houses and civic buildings, Buffa designed tables, carpets, lighting and even an espresso machine. He employed renowned artisans such as Mario Quarti and Angelo Marelli to build his stunning pieces of furniture. Buffa's trademark style blends both classical and modern design elements, which is why this sideboard caught our eye. Its elegance means it would look stunning in either a modern or classic interior, and it has a timeless beauty while still hinting at its Midcentury origin.
While the items of furniture on sale definitely stood out for us, we were surprisingly drawn to this abstract composition by Charles Gordon. It’s abstract dotted patterning also reminded us of Australian Aboriginal dot paintings. We often find that as well as complimenting an existing interior, if you are really drawn to a particular work of art it can inform and dictate the colour palette for a new interior design project. A work like this would look eye catching in an interior that was based around subtle tones with splashes of matching colours