Steven Holl - Design New York Tuesday, December 12, 2017 | Phillips

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  • Provenance

    Ryoko Itakura, New York
    Thence by descent to the present owner

  • Literature

    Yukio Futagawa, ed., Steven Holl, GA Architect no. 11, Tokyo, 1993, illustrated p. 34, pp. 32-33 for architectural drawings, pp. 35-36 for sketches

  • Catalogue Essay

    Lots 72-74 are from the apartment that Steven Holl designed for Ryoko Itakura in 1986-1987. The siting and profile of the Museum Tower in which it is located informed the design of the apartment around what GA Architect explained as the “X, Y and Z directions.” Understood as axial lines, dimensions or simply through the shapes of the letters themselves, they formed the relational basis for the apartment’s plan and interior elements; as GA states they were presented “in a variety of ways- literal, poetic, systematic, intuitive.” In the same year and for the same client, Holl also designed the Giada shop at 904 Madison Avenue. At the time New York Magazine called the space as “dazzling as a gemstone and just as calculatingly cut,” succinctly describing the clarity of Holl’s work, as evident in the present lots as it is anywhere else.

Property from the Estate of Ryoko Itakura


"Sketch" carpet, from Museum Tower, New York

60 x 144 in. (152.4 x 365.8 cm)
Manufactured by V'Soske, New York. Underside with manufacturer's fabric label.

$3,000 - 5,000 

Sold for $6,875

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New York Auction 12 December 2017