I realized this weekend that it’s been over a year since I did a Lottery Picks post! For new readers, this is when I scour the hoity toity sites like 1st Dibs, and auction houses like Rago, and Wright 20 and pick what I love if money were no object. The funny thing is, if I ever did actually win the lottery, I still don’t think I could ever bring myself to spend $35k on a de Sede sofa..but it’s fun to play!
Because I try to be as efficient as possible, especially when avoiding doing our taxes, I have created a Lottery Picks board on my Pinterest. Here’s what’s happening there now…you can also click on the photo to be taken directly to the board.
My previous posts on Lottery Picks can be found here.
Fantasy shopping is fun…join me!
It’s been too dark and rainy here to take decent pics, so it seemed a good time to gaze upon some beauties from the Wright Scandinavian Design Auction going on the block Thursday, November 18th.
There are a lot of the classics, by all the greats, but these are my faves this round.
Paavo Tynell Lamp c. 1950 Finland
Axel Salto Budding Gourd Vase c. 1940 Denmark
Hans Wegner Chaise c. 1960 Denmark
Bodil Kjaer Desk and Return c. 1960 Denmark
Timo Sarpaneva Lamps c. 1964 Finland
Arne Jacobsen Charlettenborg Chairs c. 1936 Denmark
Bengt Karlby Pantre Pendants c. 1965 Denmark
Poul NÃ¸rreklit Selectform Library c. 1970 Denmark
Stig Lindberg Vessels c. 1962-1966 Sweden
For those new to ModFruGal, here’s the lottery picks disclaimerâ€¦”When I win the lottery, I will spend my new wealth on these shallow and meaningless objects only when the aged parents, charitable causes and purchase of an overseas home have all been attended toâ€¦câ€™mon..Iâ€™m not a COMPLETE monster.”
Auction time at Wright again…so you know what that means….droolfest!Â Everything I loved seemed to be in pairs..go figure.
Pair Vidal Grau dining tables c. 1970 $4-6k
Pair Renaud Vuaillat stools c. 2000 $3-5k
Pair Maison Charles nightstands c. 1960 $3-5k
Pair Phillipe Cheverney table lamps c. 1970 $12-15k
Pair French sconces c. 1970 $7-9k
Pair Paul Evans Cityscape cubes c. 1975 $2-3k
Two Pair Max Ingrand for Fontana Arte candlesticks c. 1958 $5-7k
For my new readers, here is the lottery picks disclaimer: When I win the lottery, I will spend my new wealth on these shallow and meaningless objects only when the aged parents, charitable causes and purchase of an overseas home have all been attended toâ€¦câ€™mon..Iâ€™m not a COMPLETE monster.
Oh my.Â I never wanted Bertoias because of the ass waffling…but these could waffle my ass any time.Â I saw a pair of these at my mall last year with the annoying “Not for Sale” sign on them….I’m sure I couldn’t have afforded them if they had been for sale…but man, these are SO cool.Â Only $1495.00!
Mr. Metro Retro has come a long way….and a LOT more expensive.Â He’s even on 1st Dibs now….no more deals to be had.Â I think it may be over 3 years since I bought anything from him…he’s gone all Gucci on us.
He also has these fantabulous Ward Bennett chairs for the same magic price of…oh yeah, $1495.00!Â Maybe I love them so much beacuse they remind me a little of my Wearstler couch lust. Listing is here.
Just because I’m outraged…and I want you to be too…I have to point out this bit of BS….
For only $1650, you can tell your buddies you got a beer garden set from Munich c. 1999.Â Ooooh…antique!Â You can get them here for $499 and several other places, with wood finish choices.Â I hate it when people take the piss.
….I forgot to check Wright’s retail site while auction trawling… there’s some exciting new items I had to share..some are almost painful….
Gaetano Pesce Sofa c. 1969 $4,500
Pierre Cardin lamps c. 1975…..Aghhhhh…these are so, SO lovely. $1800
Oh, so nice…Arredoluce c. 1965 $5,500
….and I’m a sucker for Jere sea urchin-y starbursts……c. 1979.Â $1,800
These French chairs speak to me…c. 1960 $4800.
OK…that’s quite enough….starting to feel unhealthy….
Ah, another auction, another wish list…..
Ingo Mauer c. 1970 = Serious lamp lust.Â Estimate: $3k
Michael Thonet Mirror c. 1910 = Timeless.Â Estimate: $3k
Joe ColomboÂ c. 1962 = LOVE this little lucite number.Â Estimate: $3k
TH Robsjohn Gibbings Daybed c. 1955 = Well, if you insist.Â Estimate: $7k
Jens Quistgaard for Dansk c. 1971 = Pepper Madam?Â Estimate: $5k
George Nelson Catenary chairs c. 1962 = What’s not to like?Â Estimate: $5k
Angelo Mangiarotti Sterling Vase c. 2004 = Already a classic!Â Estimate: $5k
Shiro Kuramata lucite bar cart c. 1968/2008 = All that fab makes me thirsty..cocktails!Â Estimate: $7k
All photos via Wright20 – Modern Design Auction Catalog March 23rd.