Lee Mindel Stages Nordic Design Auction for Phillips de Pury
by Arlene Hirst | Thursday, November 10, 2011
Architect Lee Mindel has had a longstanding love affair with Scandinavian design—a part of the world where he has traveled and studied extensively and which has provided great inspiration for his work. Now Mindel, a principal in Shelton, Mindel & Associates, which just won a National Design Award from Smithsonian Cooper-Hewitt, the National Design Museum, has taken a giant step forward by curating and designing “Important Nordic Design,” for Phillips de Pury & Company, which will auction off the pieces in London on November 17.
Mindel, a member of Interior Design’s Hall of Fame, says that the intention of the show “is to further an understanding of what makes this part of the world unique and the contribution it has made to culture, architecture and design.”
The show will not include production pieces, but will feature never-before-seen custom work, much of it specifically created for projects done by these architects, designers and craftsmen, including a wall relief by Alvar Aalto for a Finnish government agency; Gunnar Asplund’s light fixture for the Stockholm library, and a sofa by Kaare Klint for the Danish prime minister’s office. There are 120 pieces in all and the auction house estimates sales of £2 million—approximately $ 3.2 million. He was aided in his research by Denmark’s Ole Høstbo, Sweden’s Paul Jackson and Finland’s Juhani Lemmetti, all of whom lent scholarship and local expertise to the project.
In addition to the auctioned items, Phillips will sell prints of photographs taken by Mindel documenting his Nordic journeys. They will be available in a limited edition of 25 for 200 pounds each (approximately $ 320). “ We’re offering more affordable things to encourage young collectors,” he says. The proceeds will be donated to various architectural and design institutions.
The “Important Nordic Design” collection will be available for viewing November 9 through 16 at Howick Place, London. The auction will takes place November 17 at 4 p.m. For additional information, visit phillipsdepury.com
Images courtesy of Phillips de Pury.