Art comes in many forms; it does not exist only in canvases or on the screen. To celebrate this truth, auction house Phillips recently announced that it will launch on September 11 its first online auction dedicated to highly sought-after Scandinavian designer furniture. The auction, titled ‘Nordic Design’, will feature items made by designers such as Hans J. Wegner, Paavo Tynell, Finn Juhl and Axel Salto, and will include a plethora of artfully crafted household items that evoke a tranquility advised. The items expected to sell for the highest price are a pair of spectacular white armchairs made by Juhl; they are estimated between £ 15,000 and £ 20,000 ($ 20,000 to $ 26,000).
“Nordic design from Phillips online only auction offers a wide range of works and a range of affordable prices to established and emerging collectors, ”said Kirsten MacDonald, Phillips’ regional director in Scandinavia, in a statement. “This selection celebrates the creator as well as the designer and showcases the remarkable knowledge of materials and the history of craftsmanship in Scandinavia. We are delighted to present our first Nordic design online only to collectors around the world. auction and the chance to see and interact with this extraordinary group of works.
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At a time when minimalism and the collective desire to reduce the amount of stuff in one’s home are ideas that have caught on around the world, it makes sense that the tastes of collectors are drawn to Nordic design, which defines itself. by its lines and simple sophistication. The white fabric of the Juhl’s chairs is elegantly contrasted by their sliced wooden arms and legs, which give the furniture a welcome dimension. Likewise, items like the sleek ceramic bowl by Alex Salto that are on offer can’t help but be visually appealing. In fact, Nordic design is so relaxing to see that it could actually be considered therapeutic.
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