Contemporary objects and well-known names score at the Dorotheum Design Auction


Zaha Hadid, Moraine Sofa, sold for € 46 660

The Dorotheum design auction on 14th May 2009 once again offered impressive proof that this category benefits from a particularly lively market and a broadening customer base. The most recent auction saw many bids by new clients while its international character remained undiminished. Design aficionados from Switzerland, Britain, France, Italy, the USA and Russia, as well as from Greece and Rumania were all equally pleased with the auction’s extensive selection.

Major names met with particular appreciation: Going for far more than the estimate, Zaha Hadid’s boldly sweeping „Moraine“ sofa of 2000 was sold to a Rumanian bidder for 46 660 Euro (Cat. No. 205). Two exceptional objects by Ron Arad likewise raised equally exceptional prices: 61 300 Euro for a steel „Victoria and Albert Chair“ and 27 140 Euro for a prototype „Smartie Ceiling Light“ (Cat. No. 203 und 201).

Many of the furniture items designed by the French purist Jean Prouvé are already considered classics of modern art. It is not entirely surprising, therefore, that a table typical of his style, Model S.A.M. No. 502 of 1947, produced by Les Ateliers Jean Prouvé 1951, reached an excellent 29 580 Euro (Cat. No. 196).

In the design and art category, a 1963 Plexiglas table by Yves Klein – in bright pink rather than his signature blue – went for 17 380 Euro (Cat. No. 24).

The top billing in the Italian design sub-category, which generally enjoys a strong presence at Dorotheum auctions, was also successfully sold. The rare „Bazaar“ loungescape upholstered in synthetic snakeskin by Superstudio was originally designed in 1968 for a nightclub and was now acquired by a Greek bidder for 24 700 Euro (Cat. No. 210)

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