Henri Lesêtre - Design New York Saturday, November 14, 2009 | Phillips

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  • Literature

    L’Oeil, January 1969, p. 44

  • Catalogue Essay

    Founded by Louis XIV in 1663, the Mobilier National (then known as Garde-Meuble) was responsible for furnishing the king’s palaces. Today the institution maintains the furniture in those same palaces as well as in public buildings like the Élysée Palace and the Assemblée National. In 1964 Jean Coural, director of the Mobilier National, and André Malraux, Minister of Cultural Affairs, created the Atelier de Recherche et Création (ARC), a government-funded workshop charged with promoting avant-garde design. Maintained by a small staff of craftsmen skilled in diverse materials such as plastic, metal, and wood, ARC has developed and built furniture prototypes for French artists including Pierre Paulin, Claude Lalanne, Philippe Starck, and Henri Lesêtre, among many others.


"S.A.D." desk

Cast aluminum, plastic laminate-covered wood, Macassar ebony-veneered wood, leather-covered wood.
28 7/8 x 78 3/8 x 35 1/2 in. (73.3 x 199.1 x 90.2 cm.)
Produced by Dassas, France in collaboration with L'Atelier de Recherche et de Creation of the Mobilier National, France.  One of ten examples believed to have been produced.

$50,000 - 70,000 

Sold for $52,500


14 Nov 2009
New York