Modern Design

Leonard Joel leads the market in Modern Design at auction in Australia, offering unrivalled specialist knowledge in this dynamic and increasingly popular collecting category.

These curated Fine Auctions take place three times a year and feature furniture, lighting and other unique pieces. Every auction celebrates Australian mid-century designers alongside renowned international manufacturers and designers from across the globe.

In November 2016, Leonard Joel sold the largest ever private collection of furniture by Australian designer Grant Featherston.

Over 60 items, including contour chairs, tables and sideboards attracted a vast audience of collectors all bidding to acquire a piece of design history.

In 2021, Leonard Joel presented a world first auction of furniture and lighting from the original Hermès Métiers Collection, in “An Important Collection of Hermès Interiors”.

Modern Design Auction Highlights

Pair of Italian Lounge Chairs

Sold for $9,375

Charlotte Perriand 'Nuage Mx' cabinet for Cassina

Sold for $10,540

Serge Mouille two arm wall light

Sold for $8,750

Poul Kjaerholm 'PK 31' setting of threes seat sofa & pair of armchairs for Fritz Hansen

Sold for $40,000
Modern Design Specialists
Rebecca Stormont

Modern Design Specialist

Our Departments

Leonard Joel offers specialist experience and regular, curated auctions across a diverse range of categories.

Important Collections

Over our 100 year history, Leonard Joel has been entrusted with the auction of some of the most interesting and important collections in Australia.


Founded over four decades ago, Leonard Joel’s Jewellery department leads the market in Australia with regular, curated auctions in Melbourne and Sydney.


Leonard Joel’s Art Department offers expertise and extensive market knowledge in traditional, modern, international and contemporary art.

Decorative arts

Leonard Joel presents fine European and Australian interiors in curated collections.

Asian Art

Featuring important Chinese jade, ceramics and textiles, Himalayan, Indian, Japanese and Korean works of art.

Modern Design

Modern Design is one of Leonard Joel’s most dynamic and increasingly popular collecting categories.


Unique to the Australian marketplace, Leonard Joel’s Luxury department offers vintage and contemporary handbags and accessories.


Leonard Joel provides unrivalled expertise in this eclectic collecting category.