Collectors can buy the lifestyle of an architect at this Paris auction

Earlier this month, we asked 'How do you furnish a £199 million flat with collectibles?' following the big money sale of a luxury Monaco apartment by Candy & Candy.

John Willerval's Kvaerner Tower
model is up for sale

Well, if you happen be in the quandary of needing to furnish a nine-figure flat, then the answer to your needs might be found at Pierre Bergé & Associés' sale on October 15.

The Paris auctioneer's Architecture and Architect's Furniture event will offer collectors a rare chance to explore and invest in the impeccable tastes of Pierre Jeanneret, Le Corbusier and others.

Among the sale's highlights is a suite of eight chairs once sat upon by Jeanneret (1896-1967) himself. Dated to 1960, the chairs have cane seats, a woven structure and four angled legs.

The perfect addition to any plush apartment, the chairs carry an estimate of €8,000-12,000.

Pierre Jeanneret's set of chairs from 1960

Also appearing for sale are a number of artworks including Julot II, 1954, by Le Corbusier (1887 - 1965), the Swiss-born pioneer of what is now known as Modern architecture.

The coloured pencil on parchment work is dated and monogrammed, and estimated at €24,000-28,000.

It will auction alongside a more modern piece: Libelle II Museumsquartier, Wien, 2010, by artist Manfred Ortner. The 222 x 148 cm coloured pencil on paper work is estimated at €30,000-40,000.

Art by Le Corbusier (top), and Manfred Ortner

Meanwhile, if you're looking for architecture memorabilia rather than furniture or art, that too can be found with lots including John Willerval's (1924-1996) Kvaerner Tower model.

Dated to 1998, the model of the building in La Défense, Paris's major business district. Made from wood, plastic and metallised paper and measuring 20cm high, it is estimated at just €300-500.


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