Original hand-stenciled poster by Josef Hoffmann, announcing the opening of the first Wiener Werkstätte showroom in Vienna, 1905. Estimate $250,000 to $350,000. at Swann Galleries.
Julius Paul Collection of Posters at Swann Galleries, December 18. Swann Galleries will offer works from the restituted collection of Julius Paul. The collection was formed between 1900 and 1935 by Julius Paul, a Hungarian-born Viennese distributor of cigarette papers, who died two months before the takeover of Austria by the Nazis in March of 1938. The posters were housed for nearly 70 years in the renowned Albertina Museum in Vienna, before being restituted to Paul’s heirs five years ago. The posters selected for Swann’s December 18 auction are exceedingly scarce, and most are in–or close to–new condition.
American Fine Craft Show Brooklyn NYC, Brooklyn Museum, December 14th and 15th. This premier show and sale of contemporary craft includes 90 of the finest and most dynamic craft artists in the United States, including artists that reside in Brooklyn. Categories featured including wood, ceramics, glass, jewelry, wearable and decorative fiber, leather, and mixed media.
Lockheed Lounge, 1988. Designed by Marc Newson. Riveted aluminum, fiberglass, rubberized paint. 34 1/2 × 65 3/4 × 24 1/2 inches.
The most influential industrial designer of his generation, Marc Newson (Australian, born 1963) has designed everything from a dish rack to a personal jet, some pieces mass-produced, others one-offs, for both companies and art galleries. As creative director of Qantas Airways, Newson redesigned the interiors and fittings of the airline’s Airbus fleet, including cabin lighting and seats as well as its in-flight tableware. This exhibition features for the first time the designer’s domestic products, furnishing an abstracted 2,000-squarefoot house and garage within the Museum’s Collab Gallery. Whether Newson’s 021C concept car for Ford parked in the garage (named originally for its orange Pantone color number), the rapid-prototyped Dish Doctordish rack (kitchen), the iconic aluminum-clad Lockheed Lounge (living room), or the Zvezdochka sneakers for Nike (adult bedroom), what distinguishes Newson’s designs as much as their range is their innovative use of materials and manufacturing techniques. The Micarta chair (living room), for example, is made from layers of linen laminated with a phenolic resin commonly used for knife handles.
Kenneth Cole: Discussion & Screening, Wed, Dec 11, 2013, 7:30 pm Location: Kaufmann Concert Hall. Lexington Avenue at 92nd St. Price: from $29.00.
The leading American designer, humanitarian and the chairman of amfAR (The Foundation for AIDS Research) is also the executive producer of a riveting new HBO documentary, The Battle of amfAR. Hear Cole talk with Fern Mallis about his extraordinary career and then enjoy a special screening of the film. Plus, a special guest joins a post-screening discussion about fashion, social engagement and how we’re faring in the fight against AIDS.
I would bid for the Josef Hoffmann poster in a heart beat. Partially the Vienna Werkstatte was an experiment of marvellous modernity in its own right. And partially because it foreshadowed the brilliance of Bauhaus in 1919.
Alas the estimated values are insanely above my capacity to pay 🙁