These were the Days…

Thanks to their daughter, Paula, Robin & Lucienne Day (star designer couple whose input to the British Modern design is equivalent to what Charles & Ray Eames brought to the US) are in the limelight again. London-based design store twentytwentyone is hosting a selling exhibition of almost a hundred pieces of furniture and objects from Robin and Lucienne Day’s home. The designers, who spent 70 years living together (until Lucienne's death in 2010, followed a few months later by Robin Day's), collected or made each of those pieces, gathered and exhibited for the first time.

British Design 1948-2012: Innovation in the Modern Age

British Design 1948-2012: The V&A museum (London) will exhibit the best of British Post-war Art and Design, coinciding with the London Olympic Games in 2012. British Design 1948-2012 : le musée Victoria & Albert (Londres) propose une exposition sur le design et l'art d'après-guerre, coïncidant avec les Jeux olympiques de 2012.

Tout le design du 20e siècle chez Wright

Le 12 octobre, la maison de ventes aux enchères Wright organise une vacation intitulée "Modern Design" (photos ci-après). L'époustouflant catalogue regroupe plus de 500 objets, meubles, dessins, ou luminaires, signés des plus grands noms du design du 20e siècle. Le lot star est une oeuvre d'Harry Bertoia (un écran en panneaux de masonite, bois et fils, estimé 20 000 à 30 000$), mais les petits budgets pourront toujours briguer des tables de Bruno Mathsson (200 à 300$), George Nelson & Associates (300-500$), CTM des Eames (500-700$), ou encore une rare chaise de Josef Hoffmann et Gustav Siegel, "Model 728", datée de 1907 (500-700$). Car, chronologiquement, la vente couvre aussi bien les créations de la Sécession viennoise que l'Art Nouveau (une banquette en noyer sculptée, réalisée en 1905 par Majorelle, estimée entre 3 000 et 5 000$), les incontournables Eames, Prouvé, Perriand, Matégot (on appréciera les deux croquis préparatoires en couleurs, aux alentours de 1 000$), mais également le groupe de Memphis et les années 1980. (…) Wright will hold a Modern Design auction on October 12th (pictures after the jump). The catalogue offers an exceptional array of items, furniture, sketches, or lights imagined by the most talented 20th Century designers. Star lot is a 1967 Harry Bertoia's Light screen (made of masonite, wood and threads, estimate $20,000–30,000), but buyers on a tight budget will consider bidding on some tables by Bruno Mathsson ($2,00-3,00), George Nelson & Associates ($3,00-5,00), Eames' CTM ($5,00-7,00), or a rare Josef Hoffmann et Gustav Siegel's chair, "Model 728", 1907 ($5,00-7,00). Chronologically, the auction starts with some Vienna Secession or French Art Nouveau pieces (a carved walnut settee by Majorelle estimates $3,000 to 5,000), inevitable Eames, Prouvé, Perriand, Matégot (with two lovely preliminary sketches starting from 1 000$),  up to the Memphis group in the 1980's. (…)