Ania Jaworska - Design: Online Auction New York Wednesday, February 3, 2021 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    Gifted to the Rhode Island School of Design by Friedman Benda, New York

  • Exhibited

    "No-Thing: An exploration into aporetic architectural furniture," Friedman Benda, New York, January 18-April 14, 2018

  • Literature

    No-Thing: An exploration into aporetic architectural furniture, exh. cat., Friedman Benda, New York, January 18-April 14, 2018, pp. 23, 78 for a drawing

  • Catalogue Essay

    Polish designer Ania Jaworska initially studied architecture before attending the Cranbrook Academy of Art, where she integrated her background in drafting and architectural history into her studio practice. This influence can be seen throughout her work, in which she reimagines canonical architectural forms. In the present lot, Jaworska reworks the standard bookshelf by having it curve, peeling away from the wall and sitting as a distinct demarcation of space. Each vertical shelf makes a half column, an architectural form that Jaworska has returned to many times. “The column,” she explains, “has become a complex symbol that embodies issues of status, taste, tradition and advancement. It has been celebrated and misused, reinvented and ridiculed.” Whereas this architectural form is usually integral to the structure, Jaworska makes it decorative and freestanding.

100% of the proceeds will benefit the Office of Intercultural Student Engagement within the Center for Social Equity + Inclusion at the Rhode Island School of Design


"Freestanding Bookshelf"

Rift-sawn white oak, oak-veneered wood, wax and oil finish.
78 x 70 x 22 1/2 in. (198.1 x 177.8 x 57.2 cm)
From the edition of 3 plus 2 artist's proofs.

$10,000 - 15,000 

Sold for $6,300

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