A rare tubular steel armchair for the Tiel Insurance Company Office, Utrecht 1936
Architect and interior designer Sybold van Ravesteyn (1889-1983), who started his career as a civil engineer, in the 1920’s became acquainted with and influenced by Gerrit Rietveld and other De Stijl members, which is reflected in his work of this period. In the 1930’s, Van Ravesteyn gradually freed himself from the functionalist dogmas to work in a more frivolous idiom, derived from the baroque and Louis XV-style
The Huge Sudeley Bench by Pablo Reinoso, especially commissioned for this amazing exhibition.
From the catalog:
As impressive in scale and ambition as its name suggests, Huge Sudeley Bench was commissioned especially for the Sotheby’s at Sudeley Castle exhibition. It represents the first time that Reinoso has worked on this monumental scale, overseeing a team of foundry technicians who employed hydraulic machinery to manipulate lengths of steel girder into exuberant and free flowing forms. Reinoso refers to this process as ‘breathing sculpture’, referencing the manner in which Calder adapted his mobiles while at the same time acknowledging its architectural properties. Commenting on his early training as a sculptor, Reinoso has stated his will to go beyond prescribed boundaries, ‘boundaries you need to know but you don’t need to respect’. Huge Sudeley Bench was created in three individual sections and treated with black autobody paint, a decision made to ensure that future generations could refresh its surfaces and appreciate the work in the pristine state it first left the foundry. It also sees the introduction of Reinoso’s new artist’s monogram which he intends to apply to all his future creations.
Sotheby’s has teamed up with London Based carpenters workshop gallery and organized an outdoor sales exposition in the magnificent garden of Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds (UK). Many chairs and benches are featured until August 1, 2010.
Sotheby’s has teamed up with London Based carpenters workshop gallery and organized an outdoor sales exposition in the magnificent garden of Sudeley Castle in the Cotswolds (UK). Many chairs and benches are featured until August 1, 2010. Stay tuned!
Pablo Reinoso’s Spaghetti Corten is used for one of the exhibition’s banners.
Born in 1955 in Buenos Aires, Pablo Reinoso has lived and worked in Paris since the late 1970s, establishing a successful career as a Product Designer with a broad repertoire that includes furniture, lighting and jewellery design. His portfolio features numerous design projects for the packaging of luxury consumer goods, including perfume, cosmetics, wines and spirits. Reinoso’s commercial practice has developed in harmony with his artistic Å“uvre;. he began producing innovative and playful furniture designs in the 90s and has since become renowned for his dramatic re-interpretations of ubiquitous and often overlooked objects. The breathtakingly eloquent Spaghetti series focuses on the humble public bench, transforming its rigidly parallel wooden slats into a network of meandering tendrils. Spaghetti Corten., exhibited for the first time at Sudeley, is a new variation on this iconic theme with adjoining sections of teak and Cor-Ten steel. In this work organic and fabricated materials exist in a symbiotic relationship, inviting contrasts between their variable textures and surface patination.
Two original Zig Zag Chairs made from painted wood and brass hardware were sold at Auction at Sothebyâ€™s. The chair unadorned and the cantilever concept broke new ground in furniture design. They were designed by Gerrit Rietveld and manufactured by Gerard van de Groenekan, De Bilt, in the Netherlands, and then Cassina Italy from 1971.
Zig Zag Chairs, $40,625, Sold at Auction, at Sothebyâ€™s