Design Diary

A personal review of design creations.

Design Auctions at Phillips

Lot 2 - Set of six armchairs and two stolls by Carlo Mollino (ca. 1959). Est. USD 20-30,000

Lot 2 - Set of six armchairs and two stolls by Carlo Mollino (ca. 1959). Est. USD 20-30,000


On June 6th in New York, Phillips is presenting 150 lots from great design masters of the 20th century for its last auction of the season.


With a prestigious list of designers, this auction sale is giving collectors a great opportunity to acquire some stunning pieces.

Here is a very personal selection of 12 creations (including the hero picture):

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Lot 6 - Wall Unit by Gio Ponti (ca. 1950).

Estimate USD 15-20,000. Spell-veneered wood, painted steel.


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Lot 7 - Adjustable floor lamp (model #1045) by Gino Sarfatti (ca. 1948).

Estimate USD 5-7,000.

Painted aluminum, brass.



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Lot 10 - Rocking Chaise (model #PS 16) by Franco Albini (ca. 1959).

Estimate USD 8-12,000. Walnut, fabric, cord.


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Lot 19 - Wall light by Venini (ca. 1950).

Estimate USD 3-5,000.

Glass, painted steel.


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Lot 25 - Pair of wall lights by Franco Buzzi (ca. 1952).

Estimate USD 4-6,000.

Polished and painted brass.


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Lot 36 - Illuminated bar cabinet by Giovanni Gariboldo (ca. 1949).

Estimate USD 7-9,000.

Maple-veneered wood, brass, glass.


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Lot 48 - “Banco Onda” by Jorge Zalszupin (ca. 1960).

Estimate USD 12-18,000. Stained wood-veneered plywood, chromium-plated metal, leather.


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Lot 51 - Console table by Vladimir Kagan (ca. 1952).

Estimate USD 8-12,000.

Walnut-veneered wood, walnut.


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Lot 62 - “Black and White Oval Pot” by John Ward (ca. 1996).

Estimate USD 4-6,000.

Hand-built glazed stoneware.


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Lot 85 - Unique “Butterly Love Sear” by Wendell Castle (ca. 1967).

Estimate USD 60-80,000. Stack-laminated oak


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Lot 125 - Important sideboard from the Maharaja of Indore’s Banquet Hall, Manik Bagh Palace (Indore) by Eckart Muthesius (ca. 1931).

Estimate USD 200-300,000. Stained American walnut-veneered wood, stained American walnut, sycamore, nickel silver drawer handles, white metal inlays.

Important Design: A Personal Selection

Pair of benches by Ico Parisi (ca. 1950), fabric, oak-veneered wood, oak, painted wood. Est. GBP 8-12,000.

Pair of benches by Ico Parisi (ca. 1950), fabric, oak-veneered wood, oak, painted wood. Est. GBP 8-12,000.


The design auction season is back. On October 18th, Phillips will present its ‘Important Design’. Here is a personal selection.


With 76 artists, designers or architects listed for the auction in London, Phillips presents 166 lots with estimates between USD 3,500,000 and USD 5,155,000.

‘Important Design’ will offer a chance to purchase works by Diego Giacommetti, Sir Edwin Lutyens, Gio Ponti, Jean Royère, Charlotte Perriand, and Jean Prouvé. To those names, one can also include Ettore Sottsass, Jr. Ron Arad, Wendell Castle, Zaha Hadid, and Marc Newson.

I picked two mirrors: Lot 1: Max Ingrand, model no. 2045 (1964. Est. GBP 40 - 60,000) and Lot 31: Gio Ponti, Rare Table Mirror (ca, 1950. Est. GBP 7 - 9,000).

For the cabinet and table section, I chose Lot 3: Pietro Chiesa, Early drinks cabinet (1935. Est. GBP 5 - 7,000), Lot 39: Jean Royère, ‘Trèfle’ sideboard (ca. 1960. Est. GBP 80 - 100,000) and Lot 104: Bruce Mclean, Unique Console (1987-1988. Est. GBP 5 - 7,000).

An auction without light features will not be complete, so I selected the four items. Lot 63: Gino Sarfatti, Set of four wall lights, model no. 262 (ca. 1971. Est. GBP 4 - 6,000); Lot 88: Vilhelm Lauritzen, Pair of early and large adjustable table lamps (designed 1928. Est. GBP 15 - 20,000); Lot 131: Ettore Sottsass Jr, Unique ‘Urano’ ceiling light (ca. 1957. Est. GBP 50 - 70,000) and Lot 140: Angelo Lelii, Two ‘Cobra’ table lamps, model no. 12919 (ca. 1962. Est. GBP 4 - 6,000).

To finish with some colours, Lot 9: Venini, Pair of table lamps (ca. 1950. Est. GBP 5 - 7,000).