Calling mid-century modern design enthusiasts to Strauss & Co’s Cape Town October Auction

If thoroughly clean minimalistic lines, Scandinavian structure and ground-breaking Dutch furnishings audio like your idea of a aspiration home inside, Strauss & Co’s forthcoming live digital auction, due to get area on 11 and 12 Oct, will surely delight you and all other mid-century in Cape Town modern style and design enthusiasts. The two-working day sale will function an in depth catalogue of collectable parts assembled by professionals from the leading auction house’s ornamental arts office.

“We are delighted to current 20th and 21st century design and style and home furnishings pioneers from all-around the world,” claims Vanessa Phillips, Handling Director Strauss & Co.

“This is one of the most important selections to arrive to auction in South Africa, and involves the property of a German collector whose main desire was Art Deco and up to date home furnishings,” says Sophie-Louise Fröhlich, auctioneer and Attractive Arts professional Strauss & Co, who has been functioning to protected this collection for Strauss & Co for the earlier two a long time.

Two of Dutch De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld’s design 763 red/blue armchair (estimates R20 000 – R25 000) are stand-out items in the session. This chair, which highlighted in the book MoMA Highlights: 375 Will work from The Museum of Modern day Art (2019), is noticed as just one of De Stijl’s most iconic items, together with Piet Mondrian’s perfectly-recognised black, white, crimson, yellow and blue paintings. The chair might not look like the most snug piece of home furnishings, but Rietveld thought that aesthetic attraction and layout should trump actual physical ease and comfort. A piece of home furniture is far more than a functional object, it should really also lead in direction of the nicely-currently being and ease and comfort of the viewer’s spirit.

Other structure highlights on the auction are Finnish-American architect and industrial designer Eero Saarinen’s black lacquer Tulip chairs (model 151) (set of six) with a Tulip marquina marble-and-black-lacquer table (R45 000 – 55 000). Saarinen’s retro-fabulous creations are regarded as big industrial design and style classics. The Tulip chair attributes easy, clean modernist lines, and is reminiscent of both equally a fragile tulip and a advanced wine glass. It was designed for the Knoll enterprise, an American design and style firm that employed some of the 20th and 21st century’s most significant designers. Influential architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s layouts are also showcased, with delightful styles produced for the Willow Tea Rooms in Glasgow, which is still open up for lunch and afternoon tea.

Chairs that have formed and innovated the program of home furnishings structure are on present, these kinds of as Marcel Breuer’s Wassily chairs (R9 000 – 12 000) and the moulded plywood lounge chair and ottoman (design 670 & 671) developed by Ray and Charles Eames (R25 000 – 30 000). From plywood, tubular steel and moulded plastics, the broad range of technological progress that occurred in these occasions is apparent all through this session.

The a lot of typical style parts for auction, will accentuate and improve any interior and is a sure dialogue starter among the style fans.

“Education and hospitality are central to the Strauss & Co knowledge. As the post-vaccine globe returns to a much more settled rhythm, we are delighted to offer a abundant programme of in-man or woman and virtual webinars, lectures and walkabouts in the direct up to our 11 and 12 Oct are living digital auction. These occasions intention to provide collectors and the artwork-fascinated community with thorough insights into the Oct sale catalogue” adds Bina Genovese, Controlling Director Strauss & Co.