CHICAGO – Hindman’s Modern Design sale saw outstanding results on May 20, and ultimately realized more than $865,000. Competitive bidding across multiple platforms led to estimates being surpassed, and works by acclaimed designers such as Mira Nakashima, Martin Szekely, Christopher Ries, and Philip and Kelvin LaVerne achieved top prices. Works by renowned designers Warren Platner, Stanislav Libensky and Jaroslava Brychtova, Vladimir Kagan, David Easton, and Florence Knoll also saw strong engagement.
Furniture by American designers saw tremendous interest throughout the auction. Mira Nakashima’s coffee table sold for $28,125, more than five times its estimate. Nakashima’s console table also realized a strong price of $13,750 against an estimate of $6,000-8,000. Christopher Ries’ Solstice topped its estimate of $4,000-$6,000 to realize $25,000. Another highlight was Philip and Kelvin LaVerne’s Spring Festival console table, which sold for $18,750 against an estimate of $8,000-$10,000. The table is made of etched, patinated, and polychromed bronze, and pewter. The duo’s Chan center/dining table also exceeded its estimate, selling for $10,625. The LaVernes were known for creating limited-edition pieces by combining one-of-a-kind methods with ancient motifs.
Additional exceptional sales included works by French designers such as Martin Szekely’s 103 Silver Console from 2006, which sold for $28,125 against an estimate of $15,000-$25,000. The piece is made of up of five identical and inseparable cylinders. Known for his adaptability and precision, Szekely has worked on a range of projects from residential furniture to public commissions to product design. Claude Lalanne’s Collier Ronce was another top lot and sold for $18,750, more than five times its estimate. Other examples of French standouts were Pierre Chapo’s Bibliotheque shelves, which achieved $16,250 against an estimate of $6,000-$8,000 and Mathieu Mategot’s pair of daybeds, which realized $13,750, more than double the presale estimate.
Other strong performers included a tapestry designed after one by Alexander Calder, which sold for $18,750 against an estimate of $3,000-$5,000. Scandinavian Design also saw fantastic interest. Standout lots from the group included a pair of armchairs attributed to Mogens Lassen, which sold for well above their estimate of $2,000-$4,000 to achieve $16,250.
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