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My most successful DéCoR post was when I compared design at Restoration Hardware with classic antiques we sell each and every month at Kaminski Auctions.

Our May 17th, Twentieth Century Modern Design and Fine Art sale is now on our website at www.kaminskiauctions.com. After reviewing the amazing pieces in the sale, I thought a similar post comparing what is in our May Modern sale, to the offerings from the company Design Within Reach was in order.

Design Within Reach is a company started in 1999 by a man named Rob Forbes who was just looking for simple, well-made furniture with classic lines to furnish his own apartment. He was enamored with the designs of many of the Scandinavian and Italian designers, whose work was only available by special order, and you had to wait months for delivery. Furniture designed by Saarinen, Eames and Bertoia were “out of reach” for most people. A true entrepreneur, he went out and bought 20 containers of product, mailed out a catalog and “waited for the phones to ring”.

At first phenomenally successful, Design Within Reach in July 2004, was valued at $211 million dollars. A downturn in the economy, over zealous expansion plans and lawsuits for design infringement ,brought the company to its knees. Herman Miller bought it in July of 2014 and a complete restructuring took place. With over 30 stores, which they refer to as  “studios”, it is still the number one resource for modern furniture today.

Perhaps the most recognizable pieces of Herman Miller furniture are the Charles and Ray Eames chair and ottoman. Depending on what leather you select the Design Within Reach price starts at $4130.15 and can go as high as $54015.15.

Lot#-2003

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Lot #-2067Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

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We have three Charles and Ray Eames chairs and ottomans in the sale Lots # 2003,2006 and 2007, with estimates of $1500.00-$2500.00 and $1000.00-$2000.00 depending on condition.

Two Warren Platner for Knoll pieces, a wire based coffee table and a dining table, are described in the Design Within Reach catalog as “if you combined the work of I.M. Pei and Eero Saarinen, the result might very well look like the Platner Collection (1962″ ) “.  At Design Within Reach they sell for $1522.00 for the coffee table and $3572.00 for the dining table.  Presented as Lot #2101 for the coffee table, it is estimated at $600.00-$1000.00 and the dining table, Lot #2035 is estimated at $800.00-$1200.00.

Lot # 2011

Lot- #2011

Lot-#2035

Lot-#2035

A pair of “Womb” chairs in “Morocco” wool upholstery from the Finnish architect and industrial designer, Eero Saarinen for Knoll is Lot #2068 estimated at $800.00-$1200.00. The DWR prices starts at $1036.00-$5143.00 depending on fabric, for each chair.

Lot- #2068

Lot- #2068

A Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow is Lot # 2065 estimated at $1500.00-$2500.00, the piece new from DWR costs $3495.00-$4335.00 depending on fabric.

Lot- #2065

Lot- #2065

Described as “the consummate modernist chandelier” in the Design Within Reach catalog the iconic Poul HenningsenArtichoke” hanging lamp, in white enameled aluminum and stainless steel, circa 1960s, with original sticker, is estimated at $1500.00-$2000.00. The DWR price new is $9737.00- $17,186.00 for the larger size.

Lot # 2101

Lot # 2101

These are just a sample of what is on offer at the Kaminski Auctions Twentieth Century Modern Design and Fine Art auction this Sunday, May 17th.  Original Twentieth Century iconic design, along with the furniture and lighting, you will find Twentieth Century art from Wayne Thiebaud, Alexander Calder, Salvador Dali, Marcel Mouly, and Peter Max, to name a few, and decorative art from Edward MoulthropMurano, Daum, Kosta Boda, Baccarat and many more…

Lot #-2114 Edward Moulthrop Bowl

Lot #-2114 Edward Moulthrop Bowl

Lot-#2019

Lot-#2019 Calder Lithograph

You can view all the items in the sale at www.kaminskiauctions.com. There are a few days left to request a condition report by emailing klachance@kaminskiauctions.com.  Sign up to bid from the comfort of your home with KaminskiLIVE by clicking on the KaminskiLIVE/Sign up tab in the upper right-hand corner of the Home page or call 978-927-2223 to bid by phone or absentee bid. Better yet … come to our gallery at 117 Elliott Street, RT. 62, Beverly, Massachusetts to preveiw the sale, Thursday- Saturday, 10:00am-5:00pm and at 8:00am on Sunday, day of sale.

Not to pick on Design Within Reach in is this blog…there are many other pieces of furniture in the auction from BB Italia, Saporiti Italia, Thayer Coggin and Dansk. But thats for another post!

Each year, for the past four years I have attended TEFAF, which stands for The European Fine Art Fair that takes place every March in Maastricht, The Netherlands.  Maastricht is probably one of the more beautiful, quaint European cities you will ever visit, with amazing restaurants and shopping, and the art fair is truly amazing. The art and antiques are serious, and so are the buyer’s and the prices. It is like going to the finest museum in the world, where everything is for sale.

Maastricht along the Meuse River www.nyenrodealumni.nl

Maastricht along the Meuse River
Photo by -www.nyenrodealumni.nl

TEFAF is for museum curators and serious collectors to add to their collections, and for people like you and me to go enjoy some of the most beautiful art and antiques in the world, all under one roof. Started originally as an art fair specializing in Old Master paintings, today the fair showcases fine art, modern and contemporary art, tribal art, antiques, design and the world’s top jewelers like Graff, Van Cleef & Arpels, and Buccellati. It is the largest and most diverse art fair in the world with over 275 international exhibitors and a strict vetting process.

There is always a fabulous display of roses at he entrance as a photo backdrop !

This year alone TEFAF saw over 70,00 visitors with 262 museums attending, including many of the top European and American institutions.  Maastricht is almost three hours from Amsterdam, and during 10 days in March, everyone is going there for the art.  The booths include works by Rembrandt, Van Gogh, Gauguin, Matisse, Goya, and modern masters like Chagall, Klee, Picasso and nearly every well-known artist that comes to mind.

Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1743)

Michele Marieschi (Venice 1710-1743)

Vincent van Gogh -The Laakmolen near The Hague c.10-15 July 1882

Vincent van Gogh -The Laakmolen near The Hague c.10-15 July 1882

Four carved swans- one of my favorites at TEFAF 2015

Four carved swans- one of my favorites at TEFAF 2015

The art is accompanied with the most dazzling display of Dutch tulips you will ever see.  The MECC, Maastricht where the fair is held, is an enormous convention site decorated top to bottom with tulips and fancy venues for fine dining, sushi, tapas, as well as champagne bars and espresso cafes.

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You might be curious why I go each year as part of my work. I go to see the art and for inspiration, but I also go to promote Kaminski Auctions, and make sure the dealers at TEFAF are shopping our estate sales online every month. You never know where the next masterpiece might be found. There have been several times when I will walk into a fancy European dealers booth, and see a painting that was sold at one time, through our auction gallery.

Every year it’s something different that creates a buzz.  My jaw dropped as I came around the corner this year, to see an enormous booth of Shaker furniture.  Even more surprising than the Shaker exhibit was the fact that it was the vision of Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown in PARIS!  It took him 5 years to put the collection together, as a joint venture with the Shaker Museum in New York.  They had on loan four pieces from the museum’s collection, and the rest were pieces they sourced themselves. According to their representative, everything had sold.

Quoted in The Arts and Antiques Weekly, Francois Laffanour said, “It was no accident that his incredible collection of Shaker furniture was brought to TEFAF. “We wanted to expose the European market to Shaker furniture and design, something they are very unfamiliar with. TEFAF’S audience is extremely educated and sophisticated and the reception has been incredible.  They understand what we are doing and have embraced it.”

Shaker furniture on display  by Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris

Shaker furniture on display by Francois Laffanour of Galerie Downtown, Paris                         with an unimaginably long,long,long table!


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The Design section of the fair has grown tremendously over the past few years. With my interest in design I always make a beeline to Axel Vervoodt’s booth. The Belgian designer is probably one of the most influential European tastemakers of all time. He has published several books on design including Axel Vervoodt- Living with Light and Axel Vervoodt-Timeless Interiors both available on Amazon.com

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“We treasure things that are made by time,” says Axel Vervoordt,” ” the antiques dealer and interior designer’s celebrated style—which favors muted tones, weathered surfaces, richly patinated antiques, and a mix of ancient and modern artworks that share abstract, universal qualities.” (Quoted from Architectural Digest) 

His interiors tend to be minimalist, and he mixes sculptural furniture with classical antiquities and contemporary art.  Decorators and stylists from all over Europe visit TEFAF to see what he is doing each year. His stature in the design world influences trends in every aspect of interior design.

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Axel Vervoodt”s booth at TEFAF 2015

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The photos above are from Axel Vervoodt’s booth at TEFAF this year.  He mixes old with new, and contrasts contemporary art with classical antiquities!

How does this all relate back to Kaminski Auctions and my DéCor Blog? I want my readers to know that our monthly Estate sales is where you will find the pieces that represent the latest design trends and the age old classical antiques to make your decorating style stand out from the rest. Whether it be a piece of affordable contemporary art, a European stone bust or a piece of mid century modern furniture from our May 17th Modern sale…such as these great furniture and art finds shown below.

Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow

Lot#-2065-Le Corbusier model LC4 chaise lounge, steel with original cowhide upholstery and original leather pillow

Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

L0t#-2967-Charles and Ray Eames for Herman Miller chair and ottoman

Warren Platner for Knoll coffee table, steel base with original bumper with beveled edge glass top

Lot#-2011-Warren Platner for Knoll coffee table, steel base with original bumper with beveled edge glass top

Poul Henningsen

L0t#-2101-Poul Henningsen “Artichoke” hanging lamp, white enameled aluminum and stainless steel, circa 1960s

Pair of Knoll

Lot#2068-Pair of Knoll “Womb” chairs with “Morocco” wool upholstery on steel frame,

Alexander Calder print

Lot#-2019 -Alexander Calder print

              Victor Vaserely

Lot # 2097-Victor Vasarely (1906-1995). “Mexico City”, print, edition XII/CI

Our Modern sale goes online this Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 8:00pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to find your next design treasure.  Visit our website at http://www.kaminskiauctions.com and sign up to receive our email updates! ! !