More than 35 examples of Amsterdam's famed Droog design editions, including Red blue LEGO® Chair and Rietveld LEGO® Buffet, estimated to bring $10,000+ each, will highlight more than 100 works in Heritage Auction
's 20th & 21st Century Design Auction. The auction will be offered April 23 in Dallas and includes fine art, furniture, sculpture, and decorative arts from private collections across the nation, with work by Harry Bertoia and Bodil Kjaer, among others.
"There are no less than five works in this auction that are easily classifiable as museum quality," said Brandon Kennedy, Consignment Director of 20th & 21st Century Design at Heritage. "Red blue LEGO® Chair is number 5 of 5 production pieces and one of just eight total produced by the artist. Many are on display in museums around the world as a choice example of 21st century design."
The chair, designed by artist Mario Minale, and the buffet, designed by Kuniko Maeda with Minale, are both inspired by the work of iconic designers and the line of colorful children's toy bricks. Red blue LEGO® Chair was designed in 2004 to pay homage to Gerrit Rietveld's 1917 creation Red and Blue Chair. Minale's intent was to make quality design widely available; however production was halted due to copyright laws. Rietveld LEGO® Buffet was designed in 2010 by Minale and Maeda with approximately 26,000 bricks fulfilling a goal to create a piece of real furniture using toys.
Both works were created in The Netherlands by Droog Design, founded in 1993 as a cutting edge design source for products combining high design with practical functionality. The April 23rd auction features 38 Droog Design items, including Chest of Drawers, 1991, #100 by Dutch artist Tejo Remy. In this particular edition, a unique drawer has been made in collaboration with Dutch jewelry designer Ted Noten and is composed of items that are usually hidden away and, as such, a revolver, cocaine and diamonds are fixed in the Perspex slab forever. The iconic piece is most often seen in museum holdings from Dallas to New York and is expected to sell for $10,000+. Additional Droog rarities include a pair of Knotted Chairs, estimated to bring $2,000; Tree-trunk bench, 1999 by Jurgen Bey, estimated at $3,000+, Table + 2 by artist Nacho Carbonell, estimated to bring $3,000+, and Frame Blue Vitrine, which could sell for as much as $4,000+.
Among the premier collections included in the auction is the Estate of Ray Frost Fleming, a Cranbrook Academy of Art graduate, notable studio artist, and owner of the Robert Kidd Gallery in Birmingham, Mich. The collection is a survey of many of the great names in mid-century modern design and modern fine art that define the famous styles that emerged from Cranbrook. The collection is populated with pieces already generating bidder interest, such as Spray by Harry Bertoia. Standing over five feet tall with stainless steel rods terminating in melted brass beads this work, somewhat unique among Bertoia's sculptures, could sell for $50,000+.
The auction also features furniture designs by Mies Van Der Rohe and Charles & Ray Eames, including six examples of the landmark Lounge Chair and Ottoman, estimated to sell for $3,000 each. A massive three-piece hooked wool tapestry by mid-century designer Bill Hinz is estimated to sell for $4,000+. A desk designed 1959 and produced circa 1965 by Bodil Kjaer for E. Pederson and Sons of Denmark could sell for $10,000+.