Kenzo Tange - 20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale Hong Kong Thursday, July 9, 2020 | Phillips

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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.


  • 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.

Eternal Form - A Century of Modern and Contemporary Design


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

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.

HK$150,000 - 250,000 

Sold for HK$187,500

Contact Specialist
Danielle So
Associate Specialist, Head of Day Sale

20th Century & Contemporary Art & Design Day Sale

Hong Kong Auction 9 July 2020