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Suspended Expression: Shiro Kuramata's 'Miss Blanche' Chair

Experimenting with acrylic's transparent ‘non-existent’ quality, often combined with industrial materials such as aluminium, Kuramata created objects imbued with feeling and memory, which carried a meaning beyond their practical function. Reflecting Kuramata’s poetic approach to design and affinity for experimenting with new materials and innovative technologies, Madalena Horta E Costa, Head of Sale for Design, shares how this chair is a sensitive exploration of light, color and form.

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Press Release: 30 July 2020

Six New World Auction Records Set for Lucie Rie, Marcel Wanders, Ron Nagle, Bruno Gregory, Martin Eisler, and Kanji Ueki

Sale Total: $3,581,438 / £ 2,763,796 / € 3,052,818


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Press Release: 23 July 2020

Works by Designers Including Alberto Giacometti, Jeroen Verhoeven, Wendell Castle, Jean Prouvé, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper Among Others Highlight the Sale

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Press Release: 22 July 2020

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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.

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