IH Christies Design Modern and Pre War 5/20/14 Sale Code 3610



Christies  Design

Sale 3610 Paris
20 May 2014
Mostly gathered by Zeev Aram in 1981 on the occasion of the first exhibition dedicated to the Japanese designer Shiro Kuramata ever organised in Europe, the 19 pieces in this sale come from the personal collection of the London gallerist, where they have remained for more than 30 years. The top lot of this group is the chair entitled ?Homage to Josef Hoffmann, begin the beguine' of which only two unique examples exist, the other being kept in the collection of Issey Miyake. Resulting from a truly artistic happening – Kuramata setting fire to a Josef Hoffmann Thonet bentwood chair wrapped in steel wire – this chair keeps only the silhouette of the original piece of furniture. Several pieces from his series ?furniture with drawers' and the chest of drawers