The New York design week started today with an auction at Phillips. Most highlights included pieces of Italian design and particularly of the mid-century era.Gaetano Pesce designed his “Moloch” adjustable floor lamp in 1970, To this day, considered one of the highlights of his career, this painted metal and aluminum giant lap was produced by Bracciodiferro, Italy and fetched $197K. A sofa, designed by Ico Parisi in the 1950s, and produced by Spataco Brugnoli, estimated at $12,000 - 18,000 and sold for $87,500. Together with a desk and two chairs by Parisi, executed by the same produced in the same decade, estimated at $22,000 - 28,000 and fetching $93,750, and a chandelier by Pietro Chiesa, made by Fontana Arte in 1938, fetching $93,750, it demonstrates a strong market for Italian mid-century design.
An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, which examines the glass work of Italian architect Carlo Scarpa for Venini may have stimulated the interest in glass by the architect whose work in glass came to redefine the parameters of glassblowing in terms of aesthetics and technical innovation. At Phillips, a large vase from 1938, estimated at $25,000-35,000 was sold for $137K. French artist Alexandre Noll sculpted furniture out of wood during the postwar years. A rare dining table with a set of ten chairs crafted of mahogany, were sold for the astronomical $905K. In the area of American Studio furniture, Nakashima walnut and rosewood coffee table, crafted in 1969 and estimated at $8,000-12,000 fetched $102K