In its current curated design exhibition, which I have first visited last night and again this morning with the class, Sotheby’s is taking the direction of decorating with collectible design and the role of the auction house as a tastemaker into a new level. With an installation entitled “Alchemy: Art x Design,” curated by Delphine and Reed Krakoff, modern and contemporary design from the Important Design sale is combined with objects and art from the private collection of the Krakoff. I have been a great fan of Krakoff and was saddened when he has recently closed his Madison Avenue boutique where I regularly shopped. The Krakoffs have been among the ambitious design collectors, lovers of objects, and supporters of collectible design from its emergence in the early 2000s. Rothko with Donald Deskey; Queen Anne with Joris Laarman; Gustav Stickley with Harry Bertoia; Adolf Loos with Claude Lalanne; French Art Nouveau with Pierre Chareau; Shaker with Jean Prouve; and other innovating juxtapositions that make the visit to the exhibition a special design experience. In the project, presented by Sotheby’s this week, the two have created curated spaces that are fresh, surprising, and totally inspiring. A new way to present design in the auction arena was born.