Mulch Chair by Craig McPherson

Mulch Chair by Craig Macpherson
It’s definite. I will not be able to investigate Design London IRL (In Real Life) like last year – with still many posts in my sleeve or on my unfinished posts pile.

Via Designers Block a preview of Craig McPherson’s Mulch Chair

Maun Windsor Black by Patty Johnson

Maun Windsor Black by Patty Johnson

Canadian designer Patty Johnson for Botswanan manufacturer Mabeo Furniture, which was shown at 100% Design in London this year.

Via Dezeen

London Design Festival 2008 (7): Pillips de Pury | Carlo Bugatti Chairs

On auction tomorrow: two Carlo Bugatti Chairs c. 1905

Walnut, ebonised wood, silk, painted parchment, copper, pewter, mother of pearl (2).
Each: 70.5 cm. (27 3/4 in.) high.
ESTIMATE £15,000-20,000.
See Pillips de Pury lot 55

Their estimate is a bit stiff if compared with the chairs on auction at Christie’s below.

Update September 26:

Oops, their estimate was correct as the chairs fetched £18,750 including the 25 % buyers premium. Now it will be interesting to see what the Christie’s Bugatti Chairs will do in October…

London Design Festival 2008 (6): Pillips de Pury | Vitra Limited Edition 2007 | Kimono Chair by Tokujin Yoshioka

Visiting Phillips de Pury’s premises during during London Design Festival proved to be visiting a chair addict’s Walhalla.

Apart from my normal curiosity, the main teaser was that Phillips the Pury had teamed up with Vitra and had the entire Vitra Edition 2007 on show. The front desk lady told me that they were on sale at the auction, but the catalog doesn’t mention them as being for sale.

One of the items I love on show is this very poetic Kimono Chair of Tokujin Yoshioka.

Update September 26
The lady was right and not right, the Vitra edition pieces were on private sale I now learn from an earlier press release, but I understood from her that they were on auction. Maybe my Dunglish…

London Design Festival 2008 (5): Pillips de Pury | Marc Newson Wicker Felt chair



This Wicker Felt chair by Marc Newson is for sale at Phillip de Pury’s upcoming sale of tomorrow, see Lot nr 129. I am curious how much it will fetch at this sale at this side of the pond. The wicker version has the following track record at Christies:

  • $3,360 at Christie’s Sale 1749, a mini house sale at New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 28 November 2006.
  • $8,400 at Christie’s Sale 1733, important 20th century decorative art & design, in New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 19 December 2006.
  • $9,600 at Christie’s Sale 1852, 20th century decorative arts and design (various owners), New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 5 June 2007.
  • $11,250 at Christie’s Sale 1950, an important private collection of mid-20th century design, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 26 September 2007.
  • $5,000 at Christie’s Sale 1942, important 20th century decorative art & design, New York, Rockefeller Plaza, 18 December 2007.

Phillips de Pury’s estimate is £4,000-6,000

Update September 26, 2008:

The chair fetched £ 3,750 including 25 % buyers premium.