Lisa Johannson-Pape lamps up 58% on estimate at Parisian design auction

A pair of lamps by Lisa Johannson-Pape realised $130,254 at a sale of Scandinavian, American and Brazilian design at Piasa in Paris on October 30.

The lot achieved an increase of 58.3% on its estimate of $54,844-82,266.

Lisa Johansson-Pape
Johannson-Pape was a significant Finnish lighting designer

Johannson-Pape (1907-1989) was a significant Finnish designer, who worked extensively in the field of lighting. She designed installations for a wide variety of environments, including churches, hospitals and ships.

Known for her functional design, Johannson-Pape worked for a range of Scandinavian design companies, including Stockmann and Kylmakoski. She won awards at the Milan Triennial in both 1951 and 1954.

A George Nakashima walnut bench made $71,297.

George Nakashima walnut bench
In 1983, Nakashima was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government

Nakashima is widely regarded as one of the greatest furniture designers of the 20th century and a leading member of the American Arts and Crafts movement.  

Following the outbreak of war between Japan and the US in 1942, Nakashima, like many Japanese-Americans, was imprisoned in an internment camp. It was here that he met a carpenter versed in traditional Japanese woodwork and learned the joinery techniques that would become his hallmark.

A redwood burl and walnut dining table, designed for Evelyn and Arthur Krosnick, sold for $822,400 at Sotheby's New York in 2006 - a record price for the designer's work.

Six Lovo chairs by Axel Einar Hjorth made $57,510.

One of the leading Swedish designers during the interwar period, Hjorth was an early proponent of the austere functionalism that characterises modern Scandinavian design.

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