DESIGN > “The Architect’ An Auction Curated by Lee F.Mindel for Phillips, London


Earlier this week, I was amongst a lucky bunch invited to a private walk-through of Lee F Mindel’s ‘The Architect’ exhibition. Phillips de Pury & Company had invited RIBA patrons, the team from the Sir John Soane Museum, notable collectors and a handful of other guests to view the contributions architects have made to our environment over the last two decades. Just 30 or so of us were treated to a personal tour of the collection before the house opened it’s doors to the preview evening.

A beautiful collection of drawings, objects, furniture and lighting by the worlds most notable architects including Richard Meier, Otto Wagner, Philip Webb, Joseph Hoffmann, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Frank Lloyd Wright, Zaha Hadid, and Gerrit Thomas Rietveld. Here are just a few pieces that caught my eye that evening.

Nicky Dobree at Phillips


Tadao Ando’s ‘Set of Three Vases’ designed in 2011 caught my eye immediately. The beautiful opaque aqua battuto glass manufactured by Venini have a lot estimate set at £30,000.

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The London Gallery Space

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These 2 lots above, Ettore Sotsass Jr’s Bookcase from the 90’s has an estimate of £6,000-£8,000 and Zaha Hadid’s ‘Serif 4’ wall shelf dated from 2006, is from her ‘Seamless’ collection for Established & Sons has been estimated to reach £10,000-£12,000.

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Shigeru Ban, this years Pritzker Prize winner created this ‘PTH-02 Paper Tea House’ in 2006.  Made using Japanese paper, honeycomb cardboard and paper tubes. The Tea House, is a structure designed for indoor use, housing a table and four stools, with a waiting area and bench, in keeping with the traditional ceremony practice. Ban is an architect dedicated to the exploration of innovative materials and geometric elements. His ‘Paper Architecture’ series is a reactionary collection designed for a number of purposes including disaster relief in Rwanda, India and Japan. Each structure is low tech, adaptable and recyclable. The estimate has been set at £40,000-£60,000.

Nicky's World Phillips Auction

Studio BBPR (named after the four creators of the studio) designed this Elettra Chair in 1954. The chair is still in production today. This lot has an estimate set at £5,000-£7,000.

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They say imitation is the best form of flattery, so I won’t believe you if you say you don’t recognise these Alvar Aalto door handles. Dated back to the 50’s, the lot estimate has been set at £5,000-£7,00o. Made in bronze, and produced in Finland.

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Adolf Loos created this Knize Lamp in 1910. The estimate has been set at £20,000-£30,000.

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Walter Gropius designed this pair of chairs for Dr. Keysselitz in the early 1900’s. An estimate has been set at between £25,000-£35,000.

The auction takes place at Phillips de Pury & Company, London on the 29th April at 6pm.

Nicky’s World – April 2014

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