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Nilufar [100] Design Selections

Celebrating 40 years of curating design, with the online auction sale of 100 objects.

8th  29th July 2020 (online)

Christies.com

By TDE Editorial Team / 8th July 2020
Gio Ponti, 'Display cabinet mod. 4120', 1957. (Estimate €15,000 - €20,000) COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

Gio Ponti, ‘Display cabinet mod. 4120’, 1957. (Estimate €15,000 – €20,000)
COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

NINA YASHAR IS Milan’s foremost dealer in design. For forty years she has specialised in mid-century international design, her own distinctive taste guiding her cross-cultural selections, whether from works by Italian superstars such as Gio Ponti and Ico Parisi, or from the oeuvres of  universally acknowledged figures such as Finn Juhl, Jacques Adnet and Lina Bo Bardi. Yashar has also been a discerning and enthusiastic supporter of younger, emerging designers, from Martino Gamper (born 1971), Kiki van Eijk (born 1978) and Fabien Cappello (born 1984) to Bram Vanderbeke (born 1991). Her elegantly curated gallery on the Via della Spiga is complemented by the vast Nilufar Depot, her former warehouse, reconfigured by Milan-based architect Massimiliano Locatelli, where her collections are theatrically displayed in alcoves over three stories.

Lindsey Adelman, 'Cherry Bomb Cage' ceiling light, 2015. (Estimate €35,000 - €45,000) COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

Lindsey Adelman, ‘Cherry Bomb Cage’ ceiling light, 2015. (Estimate €35,000 – €45,000)
COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

This year, however, as visitors to Milan have alas been few, Yashar has teamed up with Christie’s Italy to mount this high-profile sale of 100 items selected from her stores. As well as celebrating the gallery’s fortieth birthday, this first on-line sale for Christie’s Italy marks fifty years since the auction house’s inaugural live sale in the country.

Roberto Gabetti, 'Trilogia' dressing table, 1970s. (Estimate €8,000 - €12,000) COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

Roberto Gabetti, ‘Trilogia’ dressing table, 1970s. (Estimate €8,000 – €12,000)
COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

Our eye was caught by the charming ‘Trilogia’ dressing room table from 1970, by the post-war, anti-modernist partnership of Roberto Gabetti, and Aimaro Isola. A similar wit and lightness of touch is evident in Lindsey Adelman’s ‘Cherrybomb Cage’ large ceiling light (2015). And who would think that this extraordinary set of six ultra-modern, ‘Metric Line’ acrylic chairs, produced in 2000, were designed in 1965? They are by the pioneering American artist and designer (specialist in acrylic and lucite), Charles Hollis Jones, who dreamt them up when it was announced that America would join the metric system – which it never did!

Charles Hollis Jones, 'A set of six chairs', designed 1965, executed 2000. (Estimate €5,000 - €8,000) COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

Charles Hollis Jones, ‘Metric Line’ chairs, designed 1965, executed 2000. (Estimate €5,000 – €8,000)
COURTESY: © Christie’s Images Limited 2020

You have until 29th July to place your bids.

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