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Important Design | London | March 2019

This season's Important Design sale features over 140 conversational works ranging from idiosyncratic glassware pieces to impressive storage units. Representing the forefront of modern and contemporary design are lights by Max Ingrand and Gino Sarfatti, chairs by Franco Albini and Ettore Sottsass, tables by Donald Judd and George Nakashima and more.

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Press Release: 7 April 2020

Appointment Continues the Growth of Phillips’ Presence in Paris and Expansion of its International Design Department

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Press Release: 10 March 2020

Works by Claude Lalanne, Jean Dunand, Edmund de Waal, Marc Newson, and Shiro Kuramata to Lead the Sale

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Press Release: 17 December 2019

Phillips' December Design auction realized $3,461,438, selling 80% by lot and 89% by value. 

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The Design Department

Phillips' Design department offers exceptional examples of 20th and 21st century design including both functional furniture and conceptual works. We are a dominant global force, unified by an acute understanding of the market and international collecting trends. Our expertise includes European Modernism and Art Deco, French, Italian and Nordic Design, International and American Aesthetic Movement and Arts and Crafts, American Modernism and Studio Craft, contemporary design, architecture, glass and ceramics.

Phillips conducts seasonal Design sales in New York, London and Hong Kong. Expertly presented and thoughtfully curated, our auctions bring together sought-after works by masters such as Carlo Mollino, Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa, Jean-Michel Frank, Charlotte Perriand, Finn Juhl and Shiro Kuramata.

We have achieved world record prices at auction for Lucie Rie, Jean Royère, Isamu Noguchi, Poul Henningsen and Marcel Coard as well as celebrated contemporary designers Marc Newson and Joris Laarman.

Our team seamlessly works together to expand our global, and continually growing, client base. In 2016, we welcomed new buyers from around the world, including North and South America, Europe, Asia, Russia and the Middle East.

Phillips is committed to supporting modern and contemporary design across all facets of the wider arts community, through a global program of engagement with renowned institutions such as the Design Museum, London, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the VITRA Design Museum, Germany.

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