Many who find the typical art piece too pricey for their collection, designer furniture that brings together function and artistic creativity is a fantastic alternative. Consider the recent popularity of such furniture designers as Zaha Hadid and David Adjaye and their fresh takes on simple necessities like tables, chairs and shelves. One table by Hadid brought in $300,000 at an auction in 2005 but more recently a prototype of the Newson Lockhead chair sold for $2.2 million! Whether you prefer collectible furniture for its enjoyment in your home or the rate of return you can get on it later on in life, it is a fun change of pace from the typical oil painting or bronze sculpture.
MARC NEWSON (b. 1963)
Estimate: 2,000 – 3,000 U.S. dollars
Special Notice: This lot is offered without reserve.
Update: The lot fetched $12,500
‘Bucky’ A Polyurethane Foam Chair, 1995
manufactured by Marc Newson in an edition of 50, from the ‘Bucky’ installation for the Cartier Contemporary Art Foundation, Paris
21 5/8 in. (55 cm.) high
Provenance: Phillips, de Pury & Luxembourg, New York, 11 June 2003, lot 214.