John Moran’s ReDesigned sale cast a wide net over two centuries of art

Shane Guffogg. ‘A Second From Now,’ $2,000. Image courtesy of John Moran Auctioneers
Shane Guffogg. ‘A Second From Now,’ $2,000. Image courtesy of John Moran Auctioneers
Shane Guffogg. ‘A Second From Now,’ $2,000. Image courtesy of John Moran Auctioneers

LOS ANGELES — On July 11, John Moran Auctioneers presented its ReDesigned sale, featuring more than 400 lots that reflected a variety of styles, periods, designers and marquee names of the 20th and 21st centuries. Works by legends such as Andy Warhol, Peter Max, Richard Wyatt Jr., Itzchak Tarkay, Shane Guffogg, LeRoy Neiman, Victor Vasarely, Corita Kent, Keith Haring, Harold von Schmidt and Larry Poons represented the art. For sculpture, there was a large collection of Romain de Tirtoff (aka Erte) bronzes and fine examples by Prince Paul Troubetzkoy. Furniture highlights ranged from Art Deco and mid-20th-century to contemporary, coming from designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, Chiavari, Hudson-Rissman, Baker Furniture and Michael Aram. Absentee and Internet live bidding was facilitated through LiveAuctioneers.

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Herman Miller re-releases 1970s Alexander Girard graphics as posters

Herman Miller is reintroducing eight of mid-century designer Alexander Girard's Environmental Enrichment Panel graphics from the 1970s as posters suitable for home interiors. Image courtesy of Herman Miller
Herman Miller is reintroducing eight of mid-century designer Alexander Girard’s Environmental Enrichment Panel graphics from the 1970s as posters suitable for home interiors. Image courtesy of Herman Miller

ZEELAND, Mich. – It would be impossible to discuss mid-century design without Alexander Girard (American, 1907-1993). From upholstery to wallpaper, and restaurant interiors to branding for an international airline, Girard’s catalog raisonne was profoundly diverse, and his personal aesthetic — joyful, optimistic, brimming with unusual combinations of color — became indistinguishable from Herman Miller’s when Girard became the founding director of the company’s textile division in 1952. During his 20-plus year tenure, Girard introduced more than 300 textiles, thoughtful objects and furniture, including the genre-defining Environmental Enrichment Panels included in Herman Miller’s Action Office series. To celebrate Girard’s continued legacy and significance to the design community, Herman Miller is reintroducing a series of Girard’s Environmental Enrichment Panel graphics as posters — a format ideal for placement in the modern home.

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Mid-century designers elevated the sideboard to fine art

A Paul Evans Cityscape sideboard earned $40,000 plus the buyer’s premium against an estimate of $6,500-$8,000 in September 2022. Image courtesy of Roland NY and LiveAuctioneers.
A Paul Evans Cityscape sideboard earned $40,000 plus the buyer’s premium against an estimate of $6,500-$8,000 in September 2022. Image courtesy of Roland NY and LiveAuctioneers.
A Paul Evans Cityscape sideboard earned $40,000 plus the buyer’s premium against an estimate of $6,500-$8,000 in September 2022. Image courtesy of Roland NY and LiveAuctioneers.

NEW YORK — A sideboard is a piece of furniture that has a flat top and drawers in which to store linens or dining ware, but it can be so much more than that. Elite Mid-century Modern artisans seized upon the sideboard’s potential and transformed this dining room workhorse into a work of art.

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New York’s La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery to launch in February

Interior of La Belle Epoque Gallery, a new two-level, 5,000-square-foot boutique auction house in New York that will hold its first sale on January 22, 2022.
Interior of La Belle Epoque Gallery, a new two-level, 5,000-square-foot boutique auction house in New York that will hold its first sale on January 22, 2022.
Interior of La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery, a new two-level, 5,000-square-foot boutique auction house in New York that will hold its first sale on February 5, 2022.

NEW YORK – New York City is about to welcome a brand new, full-service auction house. La Belle Epoque Auction Gallery will open its doors in February 2022, offering a friendly new auction experience to art and antique lovers, dealers, collectors, first-time buyers and consignors.

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Rivich to auction designer fashion + Western to Mid-century design, Nov. 17-18

Vintage Chanel quilted silk blouse with black bow and ‘pearl’ buttons; plus flapper-style silk skirt, size 38. Estimate $100-$5,000

CHICAGO – Widely known as the Midwest’s favorite source for artsy, outside-the-box antiques and estate goods, Chicago’s Rivich Auction has just posted its online catalogs for an exciting November 17-18 sale with selections to please every holiday shopper. Day one will focus exclusively on vintage fashions from Chanel, Gucci and other premier designers, while day two offers a selection of Western to Mid-century art, furniture and many “quirky but cool” items that even the savviest person shopper would never find in brick-and-mortar stores.

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