Design Agenda Online: The Collection of Michael Maharam

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Design Agenda Online: The Collection of Michael Maharam

New York

Design Agenda Online: The Collection of Michael Maharam
Auction: Tue 12 Oct - Tue 19 Oct 2021
Exhibition: - Thu 14 Oct 2021
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm


For over two decades Michael Maharam has carefully assembled an impressive collection of international design, providing a rich and distinct visual sensibility to his offices and the two adjacent Manhattan loft apartments that until recently were home to his young family. As former owner of the contemporary textile company Maharam, Michael advocated for a rigorous and universal commitment to design, revealing the holistic inclusiveness that cross-pollinated between his professional endeavors and his private collecting. Acknowledging the importance of history and recognizing the necessity of innovation, Maharam’s creative partnerships have included the estates of the most noted multidisciplinary designers of the twentieth century including Anni Albers, Charles & Ray Eames, Gio Ponti and Alexander Girard, and contemporary collaborators such as Hella Jongerius, Konstantin Grcic and Sir Paul Smith, amongst others. 


The collection is as diverse as it is carefully-chosen, providing a compositional environment that is considered, yet effortlessly uncontrived. Themes of texture, tone, shape and substance interweave visual sensibility across all mediums and eras, celebrating the material integrity that is at the core of this vision. Comprising of over 130 lots, the collection will be sold October 15, and with a further 70 lots offered in an online-only auction opening October 12 and closing October 19. 


A significant grouping of rare furniture by the influential De Stijl architect Gerrit Rietveld is led by an important early 1920s “Red-Blue” chair, introducing a constructivist narrative that contextualizes works by Marcel Breuer and Poul Kjaerholm alongside more contemporary works by Donald Judd, Ron Arad and Jasper Morrison. A parallel aesthetic thread investigates organic design across all eras, as scarce designs by Ai Weiwei, Naoto Fukusawa and an important 2004 “Water Block” Bench by Tokujin Yoshioka are aligned with handcrafted mid-century furniture by Danish masters Finn Juhl and Hans Wegner, objects by Tapio Wirkkala and by Carl Auböck, and an extensive survey of mid-century stoneware vessels in Solfataras glaze by Axel Salto. Other highlights include a rare 1950s four-legged “Tokyo” bench by Charlotte Perriand, a 1960 Sonambient sculpture by Harry Bertoia, a prototype “Kyoto” table by Shiro Kuramata, and a selection of ceramic and textile works by Hella Jongerius.

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