Modern design auction category continues to expand

Author: Richard Brewster | Posted: 27th October, 2017

Leonard Joel continues to develop its Modern Design category and the latest auction – from 6.30pm Thursday November 2 at 333 Malvern Road, South Yarra – further examines the relationship between architecture and furniture design.

Writing in the auction catalogue, modern design specialist Anna Grassham claims there is no better example of this symbiotic design collaboration than with Italian luxury furniture manufacturer Cassina.

“The renowned brand celebrates its 90th year, remaining true to its original vision by producing some of the most innovative, classic and contemporary designs of the 20th century,” she says. 

This forthcoming auction presents a stylish, curated collection of more than 40 pieces of Cassina furniture – and it is rare to see so many examples of such a high-end brand on the secondary market.

Highlights include a selection of Le Corbusier-designed LC3 sofas and Charlotte Perriand’s exceptional Nauge MX solid oak bookcase with bright painted sliding doors.

Other iconic Cassina pieces include a ‘Zig Zag’ chair Gerrit T. Reitveld, Anna Jacobsen-designed chairs and the classic Nuvola bookshelf by Italian master Vico Magistretti.

The auction also features an array of exciting international mid-20th century designs.

Lighting is particularly popular with more than 60 Italian and Scandinavian ceiling and desk lights including the Yves Christian ‘Concorde’ table lamp by Antonan Geli Illuminazione and 1950s European standard lamps.

Other items bound to attract auction goers include pieces buy Schulim Krimper and Clement Meadmore. 

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