Back to the 20th century: when design flies up to auction

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Ikea, this is only for you endless maze stainless steel cutlery and scented candles, from which you cannot leave empty-handed?

Back on furniture of the second part of the 20th century become iconic, whose prices are now soaring to auction.


The impressive growth of Design at auction

A recent study quantifies the remarkable growth of design in the auction houses since 2009. The site Barnebys has just published its 2017 report on the design in the art market. The analysis shows strong growth in design of the XXth century. In the 2009-2016 years, the design market has grown almost 330%.

“This report is based on a selection of 15 designers most searched on our platform; he shows a strong results growth for XNUMXth century design ” precise Hanna Schiller, in charge of writing the report.


What are the secrets of this growth?

First, the digital. Access via Internet or auctions has made a significant contribution to iconic pieces of design and completely changed the traditional landscape of the art market.

Then, departments oriented towards design in auction houses. In France, the market is emblematic of the global growth phenomenon in the world. Studies like Piasa et Artcurial choose to highlight the design, with specialized departments and very active and regular thematic sales.

But the design also owes its success to its museum recognition these last years. The multiplication exhibitions which are devoted to him proves this dubbing. Note, the reopening of the Museum of Decorative Arts of Paris in 2006, as well as the retrospectives Centre Pompidou (Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Paulin,

From now on, the design and its vintage icons have fully integrated the art market.

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Charlotte Perriand. Pedestal bookcase Sheet steel, aluminum, wood 150 x 197 x 33 cm. Ateliers Jean Prouvé, circa 1955. Leclere study, auctioned € 57 © Timothé Leszczynski / LECLERE - Auction house

Spotlight on the 50 years

The designers of the 50 years have displayed auction records. In 2014 : Philipps New Auction set a new record for an ensemble composed of a sofa and two armchairs velvet green Jean Royère of the highly sought after seriesPolarSold for $ 842,500, fees included. The same year, the auction house also awarded the very first order table in New York Isamo Noguchi of 1939, sold 3 549 700 €.


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Jean Royère “Ours Polaire” sofa and pair of armchairs, circa 1952 Mohair fabric, painted wood. Estimate $ 500,000 - 700,000. SOLD FOR $ 842,500 by Phillips Auction.

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Siam Noguchi. ”The Goodyear Table”, for A. Conger Goodyear, Old Westbury, New York, 1939. Stack-laminated rosewood, original Herculite plate glass. 28 3/4 x 83 x 34 3/8 in. (73 x 210.8 x 87.3 cm). Glass top etched with HERCULITE / PLATE GLASS / AS G. Estimate $ 2,000,000 - 3,000,000. SOLD FOR $ 4,450,500 by Phillips Auction


Also part of this search for vintage, the modern brand Habitat opened in 2013 «Habitat 1964", an area vintage of 400m2. Installed at Saint-Ouen flea market doors, the shop offers unique pieces, furniture and accessories from old editions of the brand, at the price of collectibles. Habitat has not reissued any productsbut recovered them in private households, customers of the brand.

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It is also in 50s that we see appear the sign Ikea. Created in 1943, the acronym IKEA is composed of the first letters of the name of the founder of the brand  Ingvar Kamprad , from the name of the farm of his parents (Elmtaryd) and the name of his village (Agunnaryd). The first furniture is proposed in 1947 and in 1955 the company decides to design its production with his own designers.


Low prices and high auctions: Ikea reaches highs

 "DMore and more people are interested in creations IKEA dating from the 1970s to the 1990s ”, highlights Pontus Silfverstolpe in the report of Barneby's.

Astonishing, the sign Ikea sees many of his models prized at auction. The parts to reach peaks in sales, are especially those of the years 1950 to 1970. This is the case of the chairMushroomProduced in the years 1950 according to a drawing by the designer Philip Arctander. The auction house Phillips raised bids up 170 395 € for a pair of these armchairs.

Great Verner Panton also collaborated with Ikea. designer Danish is known for its brightly colored furniture and generous forms. Fruit of this mythical association in 1990: the “Vilbert” chair. While she had very little success at the time, fragile and light manufacturing, it does not stand up to sitting, today we are seeing auctions up to 700 €.

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Vilbert chair by Verner Panton for IKEA, 1993: photo Pamono

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Design: an investment

The Montmorency Valley Auction House will be auctioning the 6 next June a sale entitled " back to the 20ème ". There is a particular masterful chandelier also signed Verner Pantonmodel «   ". So you have a few days left to invest in the design !

You will also find in this sale some signed lamps of designer Isao Hosoe. This creator Japanese opened his studio in 1985. This model lamp Heron », Created in the 90s, is currently no longer reissued.

"When a new generation becomes financially well established and starts buying at auction, it starts with to be interested in what is familiar to him and what she knew during her childhood, says Pontus Silfverstolpe, co-founder of Barnebys, we saw it especially at the turn of the last century, when the Scandinavian design of the 1950 and 1960 years has become very popular, today it's the turn of design from the 1970s and 1990s ”.

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Verner Panton. Suspension " Fun », Large suspension, the oval-shaped base in white lacquered wood, double metal chains, and mother-of-pearl discs. Circa 1970. Length of the base: 110 cm L: 70 cm. Estimate: 500/800 €. On sale June 6 at the Montmorency Valley auction house


Isao Hosoe, “Luxo lamp”. An adjustable plastic lamp. Yellow color. Casters. Around 1990. Small wear. H: 65 cm. Estimate: 70/90 €. On sale June 6, 2017 at the Montmorency Valley auction house.