Wright to sell delectable elements from restaurant noma Nov. 2

KBH (Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri) custom dining table from the private dining room, Denmark, 2010, oiled walnut and oak, 234 1/4in. x 36 3/4in. x 28 1/4in. high. Inches. Estimate: $20,000-$30,000. Wright image

 

CHICAGO – As restaurant noma prepares to reopen early next year, Chicago-based auction house Wright will conduct a special sale of collected pieces from the groundbreaking Copenhagen restaurant on Nov. 2. The auction will feature many of the restaurant’s interior furnishings, décor and tableware—from dining tables and chairs, to custom ceramic and wooden dinnerware and bespoke glassware—that helped establish noma’s distinct aesthetic. Absentee and Internet bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers.

Since opening in 2003, noma has been at the forefront of gastronomy and creativity. Led by its founder and head chef René Redzepi, the restaurant has worked with an intimate network of purveyors to develop a menu that gives guests a clear and delicious sense of time and place, and that celebrates the Nordic region’s ingredients, seasons and culture.

Earlier this year, the restaurant, four times recognized as the World’s Best by Restaurant Magazine, closed at the 18th-century harbor-side warehouse it has called home for 14 years. It relocated soon after to Tulum, Mexico for the critically acclaimed Noma Mexico residency, and will reopen early next year in its new Copenhagen home with a new mission and menu.

 

Hans J. Wegner chairs from the private dining room, set of 10, Carl Hansen & Son, Denmark, fumed oak, rush, leather cushion. Estimate: $9,000-$12,000. Wright image

 

Each piece was selected by Redzepi, and produced by artists and designers from across the Nordic region, with interior elements featuring an organic balance of rough and refined detail, with items made of earthy materials such as wood, stone, leather and glass. Furnishings range from classic chairs by Hans J. Wegner from the private dining room and J.L. Moller dining chairs from the main dining room, to contemporary pieces by Space Copenhagen for the restaurant’s lounge and a custom 20-foot-long table made by Kobenhavns Mobelsnedkeri.

 

Danish sculptor, Lone Hoyer Hansen completed this installation for noma in 2004. The work is composed of reliefs made of cast iron or powder-coated steel that are based on crystal forms
found in Greenland and Norway and the patterned cuttings of precious stones. Estimate:
$20,000-$30,000. Wright image

 

Tableware consists of custom-made glass coffee carafes and cups by Nina Norgaard, hand-carved wooden spoons and bowls from Wahl & Ross, as well as a beautiful assortment of ceramic dishes including large white base plates by the father son duo, Aage and Kasper Würtz.

 

Aage and Kasper Würtz bowls, set of four, Denmark, glazed ceramic, 5 1/4in. diameter x 2 1/4in. high. Estimate: $300-$500. Wright image

 

The auction will be held in Chicago and will also be streamed live online on Nov. 2 starting at 8 a.m. North American Central time. The sale contains nearly 500 lots. All items will ship from Copenhagen following completion of the sale.

 

Kitchen table of aged elm on repurposed iron base from noma’s earliest days, 55in. x 29 3/4in. x 36in. high. Estimate: $5,000-$7,000. Wright image

 

In addition to the online listing, Wright will produce a special catalog for the auction celebrating the award-winning restaurant and its collected pieces, with brand-new photography by Ditte Isager. The catalog can be purchased from Wright.

This extraordinary and once-in-a-lifetime sale of many of noma’s collected pieces has something for everyone.

Wright is the premier auction house specializing in modern and contemporary design. Since its founding in 2000, Wright has handled more than 40,000 lots across the spectrum of 20th and 21st century design.