French designer Jean Nouvel tells an intriguing story with his Office for Living Project. 30 years from now if we look back at today’s office we will be stunned to find them — unlivable. In this installation there are several components. One is ‘il maestro’ a tribute to the masters amid a rejection of corporate environments.
standard desk, metropole chair n 308 | jean prouvé | 1943/50
1> 617 johnson wax | frank lloyd wright | cassina | 1936
2> storage unit | ray&charles eames | herman miller | 1949
3> triposto bench | gio ponti | tecno | 1967
4> série Synthesis 45 | ettore sottsass | olivetti | 1968/73
5> t90 executive desk | osvaldo borsani | tecno | 1956
6> chiat day desk | gaetano pésce | 1994
7> standard desk, metropole chair n 308 | jean prouvé | 1943/50
8> bay’s desk | pierre jeannerét | 1952-56
9> carlo mollino | zanotta | 1949
pedestal table | isamu nogguchi | click > enlarge
Overall sales were strong with a number of lots achieving notable prices. Most remarkable was the sale of a pedestal table by Isamu Noguchi which sold for $320,500; estimated at $3000-5000, the pedestal sold for 100 times its estimated value.
laurent house | frank lloyd wright
The highest selling lot was [ Frank Lloyd Wright’s Kenneth Laurent House and Furnishings ] in Rockford, Illinois. The home, estimated at $500,000-700,000, sold for $578,500 to the Laurent House Foundation, Inc. The Laurent House Foundation, Inc. intends to turn the Kenneth Laurent House into a living museum open to the public. The foundation acquired the home with community-raised funds; contributions were made by the State of Illinois, City of Rockford, Winnebago County, private donors and foundations.
Other top lots from the sale include a coffee table by Carlo Mollino that sold for $206,500, a custom coffee table from Villa Arreaza by Gio Ponti that sold for $170,500, a monumental Bush form by Harry Bertoia that sold for $146,500 and an important two seat sofa by Wendell Castle that sold for $134,500.
coffee table | carlo mollino
coffee table | gio ponti
two seat sofa | wendall castle
Visit [ wright ] for complete auction listings and results.