Christie's announces Chinese and Asian Contemporary Design sale



2015-08-18 10:36:38

Following on from the success of the inaugural Chinese Contemporary Design sale in 2014, Christie's has announced it will host the Chinese and Asian Contemporary Design sale later this year.

The auction, which celebrates the combination of Asian craftsmanship and cutting edge design, will offer a unique selection of 35 lots made specifically for the auction by artisans in China, Japan and Korea.

“The success of ‘Chinese Contemporary Design’ in 2014 is a strong indication of the level of global interest towards objects and traditions originating from China and imbued with contemporary design philosophy," said Géraldine Lenain, International Director, Chinese Ceramics & Works of Art.

"The subsequent response from our collectors further inspired us to broaden the concept beyond cultures, and prompted us to use an innovative approach to showcase how to live with art. I am looking forward to the upcoming season and to the exchange of views with our Chinese and international collectors.”

Amongst the leading lots is ‘Shanghai Yue Liang’ (Shanghai Moons), a set of four watches created in 2015 by designers Yann Debelle de Montby, Tiziano Vudafieri and Claudio Saverino. Each featuring a different face of the moon, based on NASA moon photographs, the watches were designed without minute hands to present the passing of time as a restful and contemplative experience.

Contemporary furniture and interior design will take centre stage with pieces such as ‘Da Tian Di’ (Sky And Earth), a brown ‘Bo Luo’ lacquer and carbon fiber table by Master Gan Erke; ‘Cloud’, a pair of Ming Dynasty-inspired rocking chairs by Chen Yanfei; and ‘Echo’, a pair of delicate red enameled eggshell porcelain bowls by Master Lu Jiande and Ding Yi.

As part of the event, three leading Asian designers - Cho Byung Soo (Korea), Kengo Kuma (Japan) and Jiang Qionger (China) - will also create concept interior designs based on the pieces on offer, the illustrate the idea that functional design can also serve as art in its own right.

The Christie's Chinese and Asian Contemporary Design sale takes place in Shanghai on October 24.

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