The Extremely Cool

The April Modern Design auction is not restricted to a particular theme, but is rather a well-rounded collection of design related furniture, lighting and objects. There is an enticing selection of Italian furniture from the 1970s and 80s, a moving trend for young professionals and avid collectors. On offer is a fantastic 1970s ten piece chair setting designed by Afra & Tobia Scarpa, and not to mention an extremely cool Memphis Milano occasional table designed by Ettore Sottsass.

H15183Other highlights include a rare collection of chairs by the American-born architect, Walter Burley Griffin. The collection consists of six dining chairs and two armchairs designed in 1917 for Newman College, University of Melbourne, Parkville. The chairs have been fully restored and come with significant provenance. No doubt, their results will be somewhat interesting due to the fact that Walter Burley Griffin furniture in Australia is becoming more and more difficult to find.

Overall, the April Modern Design offering showcases an exciting array of different eras crossing over one another: we juxtapose the austerity of early Arts & Crafts and Modernist pieces with the striking shapes and forms of the 1970s and 80s. And of course, it would not be a Leonard Joel Modern Design auction without paying homage to our on-going love affair with Australian mid-century design, including some wonderful examples of Australian lighting from the 1950s and 60s and pieces by the ever popular Grant Featherston, we welcome you to enjoy the diversity of our latest collection.

Auction | Thursday 14 April at 6.30pm
Viewing | 9-10 April 10am-4pm | 13 April 9am-8pm
Anna Grassham | 03 8825 5637 | email
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