CHICAGO – As noma prepares to reopen early next year, Chicago-based auction house Wright is preparing a special auction of collected pieces from the groundbreaking Copenhagen restaurant.
To be held on November 2, 2017, with absentee and Internet live bidding through LiveAuctioneers, 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.
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.
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. Møller 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 Københavns Møbelsnedkeri.
Tableware consists of custom-made glass coffee carafes and cups by Nina Nørgaard, 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, and more.
In total, the sale features nearly 500 lots with starting prices ranging from $100-$20,000. All works will ship from Copenhagen following the sale’s completion.
The online catalog will be available to view by mid-October on www.LiveAuctioneers.com .
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