Our four favourites from Wright’s Design Masterworks sale
Event Horizon table by Marc Newson
Arguably the most special object in the catalogue, this Event Horizon table by Marc Newson is one of three artist proofs aside from the run of 10 officially sold. Its aerodynamic profile is said to be inspired by the bonnet on Newson’s beloved Aston Martin DB4. Carrying a 200,000-300,000 US dollar pre-sale estimate, the spectacular table is an object you can’t help but pore over.
Light fixture for Léonie and Geddes Parsons by Alexander Calder
“You need a goddamn lamp. I’ll make you one!” exclaimed Alexander Calder, while sitting in the kitchen of his neighbours and good friends, Léonie and Geddes Parsons. The resulting handmade fixture – sculpted from one piece of sheet metal – was kept by the Parsons for decades to come. ‘The quintessential Calder gift’, it is estimated to fetch 100,000-150,000 dollars.
Urn from the house of Edward C. Waller by Frank Lloyd Wright
Estimated at 700,000-900,000 dollars, this urn by Frank Lloyd Wright is the most expensive item in the sale. The most important architect of the 20th Century, Wright was prolific and visionary, and copper urns were among his favourite objects of interior design. This example was one of nine he allegedly produced, and was one of two from the house of Edward C. Waller, which was remodelled by Wright in 1899.
Asa-no-ha cabinet by George Nakashima
When the International Paper Company commissioned George Nakashima to design the furnishings for its New York headquarters in 1980, the designer was pushed to the limits of his creativity. This cabinet sat in the Board Chairman’s dining room, and measures more than 12 feet long. Boasting the striking Japanese Asa-no-ha pattern, the cabinet has an attached estimate of 400,000-600,000 dollars.