Phillips breaks world record for most expensive Nordic design

A dining table by the late Danish designer Peder Moos broke the world auction record for a Nordic design piece, selling for over £ 600,000.


The unique table was sold as part of London-based auction house Phillips’ October design and Nordic design auctions, which resulted in a total of £ 5.2million in sales.

The Moos dining table was designed in 1952 for Villa Aubertin in Nakskov, Denmark, and features slender, curved legs supported by wing-shaped struts. It hit more than four times its presale estimate, hitting £ 602,500 to break the world record.

Peder Moos dining table

The record was previously held by the 1949 Chieftain armchair by Danish architect and designer Finn Juhl, which sold for £ 422,500 in 2013. Until now, the best-selling Moos piece has been a piece of furniture from 1956, sold in 2014 for £ 106,297.

Moos trained as a cabinetmaker and then studied at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts in Copenhagen. Apart from a cart and a coffee table made by Fritz Hansen, he made all his furniture himself. Moos’ work – which was mostly done in wood – has been exhibited in Stockholm, The Hague, and the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Peder Moos dining table

“In our Design and Nordic Design sales, we saw a demanding market led by great connoisseurs and collectors, choosing work from established mid-century designers,” said Alexander Payne, head of design at Phillips.

Barbro Nilsson rug
Barbro Nilsson rug

Earlier this year, the auction house broke another world record – Australian designer Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge retained its title as the world’s most expensive design item after selling for more than 2 million pounds sterling.

Phillips also held auctions for furniture designed by Ross Lovegrove and a paper tea room by architect Shigeru Ban.

Lucie Rie bowl
Lucie Rie bowl

Pieces by British ceramist Lucie Rie and artist Peter Collingwood broke individual records, with Rie’s free-standing bowl fetching £ 68,500 and Collingwood’s Macrogaze wall hanging for £ 22,500.

Pould Henningson spiral lamp
Pould Henningson spiral lamp

Other Nordic bestsellers include the 1940s Gyllenrutan by Barbro Nilsson, the blå rug, the 10-piece Cowhorn chair set and Dolphin folding chair by Hans J Wegner, and the spiral ceiling lamp by Pould Henningsen; all of which have fetched over £ 50,000 each.

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