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  • George Nakashima walnut bench to head Paris design auction
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    Paul Fraser
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George Nakashima walnut bench to head Paris design auction

A walnut bench by Japanese-American designer George Nakashima is to headline an October 29 sale of Scandinavian, American and Brazilian design at Piasa in Paris with an estimate of $75,922-103,530.

George Nakashima walnut bench
Nakashima honed his skills in a US internment camp during the second world war

Nakashima (1905-1990) was a leading member of the American arts and crafts movement and one of the greatest furniture designers of the 20th century.

In 1983, he was awarded the Order of the Sacred Treasure by the Japanese government.

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

A pair of lamps designed by Lisa Johansson-Pape in 1950 are another notable lot, offered with an estimate of $55,216-82,824. Pape (1907-1989) was a Finnish designer who worked extensively in the field of lighting.

Lisa Johansson-Pape
Pape is best known for her fuctional design

She designed hundreds of lighting installations for a variety of environments including ships, churches and hospitals.

A table and chair set by Poul Kjaerholm (1929-1980) is valued at $48,314-62,118. Dating to 1960, the lot is constructed from matt nickel-plated steel and leather.

Kjaerholm's record price at auction was set in 2006 at Wright's in Chicago, where a set of six PK-11 chairs achieved $93,000.

Six Lovo chairs by Axel Einar Hjorth (1888-1959) could realise $41,412-69,020. Between 1927 and 1938, Hjorth was chief designer at Swedish department store NK. One of the leading Swedish furniture designers in the interwar period, he led the shift to austere functionalism that characterises modern Scandinavian design.

A Hjorth desk and chair sold for £92,500 ($147,075) at Phillips in London earlier this year.

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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser
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