'Switch On' to the Sotheby's London design sale



2015-10-07 13:29:28

An upcoming Sotheby's sale in New Bond Street, London is set to showcase the very best of international design and 20th century lighting.

The International Post-War and Contemporary Design sale on November 4 will feature both vintage and contemporary pieces, from major designers including Shiro Kuramata, Harry Bertoia, Hans Wegner and Marc Newson.

The auction will also include a new section entitled 'Switch On', dedicated to the history of modern lighting from the 1920s to the present day.

“London is now one of the great Design capitals of the world," said Cécile Verdier, European head of 20th-century Design. "It is the perfect moment for us to relaunch our sales, with collectors and designers from across the globe converging on the city that is fast becoming a hub for innovative modern design. These pieces are not only for collectors and connoisseurs, but also for those who want to live with exceptional objects in their homes.”

'Switch On' traces the evolution of lighting, from the bare bulbs of the early 20th century and scientific Scandinavian designs to playful Italian creations of the 1960s and contemporary fitting influenced in equal measure by sculpture and architecture.

The sale will include key pieces by Ingo Maurer, one of the most influential artists of contemporary lighting design whose work is showcased in many of the world's leading museums.

Among them are the rare ‘Ei Liegendes’ floor light, a ‘Moon Over Cuba’ table light and the ‘J.B. Dragonfly’, commissioned for the RED design exhibition in 2012.

'Switch On' also features innovative and imaginative designs from the likes of Tord Boontje, Fernando & Humberto Campana, Stuart Haygarth and Gino Sarfatti.

Notable furniture highlights will include Shiro Kuramata's ‘Miss Blanche’ chair, inspired by A Streetcar Named Desire and estimated at up to £200,000; a Harry Bertoia ‘Dandelion’ sculpture, dated circa 1966 and valued at up to £150,000; and a Hans Wegner ‘JH 521’ Easy Chair, circa 1953, estimated at up to £60,000.

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