Set of four chairs, designed for the Sumi Memorial Hall, Bisai, Japan

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  • Description

    A Century of Modern Design: the Collection of Kai-Yin Lo
    Hong Kong-based collector Kai-Yin Lo amassed an extraordinary collection that reflects inspiration, innovation and scholarship. The collection of modern and contemporary design is global in its scope and vast in its chronological sweep.

    現代設計的世紀回顧——羅啟妍女士收藏
    現居香港的藏家羅啟妍豐富非凡的典藏,不僅深具啟發、創新以及學術精神,這個著眼於現代及當代設計的收藏,深具國際視野,也廣泛橫跨了各個發展時期。

  • Provenance

    Sumi Memorial Hall, Bisai, Japan, 1957
    Galerie Downtown, Paris
    Acquired from the above by the present owner

  • Catalogue Essay

    Kenzo Tange was one of the most significant architects working in the 20th century and won numerous awards for his work. Throughout the second half of the 20th century, he designed countless iconic buildings, including the arenas for the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, which were the first Olympic games to be held in Asia. Similar to Junzo Sakakura, his designs are deeply indebted to European Modernism but also incorporate elements of design from his native Japan. In 1957, he designed the Sumi Memorial Hall, an office building in Aichi, Japan, as well as pieces of furniture for the building. The present set of chairs come directly from this commission.

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Eternal Form - A Century of Modern and Contemporary Design

Set of four chairs, designed for the Sumi Memorial Hall, Bisai, Japan

《四張靠背椅,為日本西尾市墨會館設計》

1957
bent laminated birch, fabric
Each: 76.8 x 56.5 x 48 cm. (30 1/4 x 22 1/4 x 18 7/8 in.)
Manufactured by Tendō Mokkō, Tendō, Japan. Underside of each with manufacturer's metal label. Designed and executed circa 1957.

Estimate
HK$150,000 - 250,000 
€17,200-28,700
$19,200-32,100

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Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art and Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020