Design sale at Phillips de Pury, London

Design sale at Phillips de Pury, London

After the onslaught of new products at the Salone del Mobile, we thought it time to take a step back and look at the limited edition, the one off and the objects that have stood the test of time - those extraordinary pieces with equally gawk-worthy prices. For their latest sale, auctioneers Phillips de Pury have pulled together a stellar list of works by names that read like a who's who of 20th and 21st century design.
Set for the hammer are pieces by mid-century masters, such as Jean Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Serge Mouille, including a 1953 collaboration between Prouv&#233 and Perriand - the 'Mexique' bookcase. Originally destined for the bedrooms of lucky students at Cité Universitaire, Paris, the bookcase is expected to fetch between £80,000 and £140,000.
Other standouts include Atelier Van Lieshout's 'Fisherman's House' that's modelled on the traditional fishing huts built along the Zuiderzee inlet in the 1950s; the fractured 'Quasi' cabinet by ArandaLasch; and Maarten Baas's 'Unique "Where There's Smoke" screen for which the designer provocatively burned a piece by Charles and Ray Eames.
The works are on show at Phillips de Pury's sleek new European HQ in Howick Place. A former Royal Mail sorting office in London's Victoria, it was recently converted by Alessandro Cajrati Crivelli - the man who created Milan's Zona Tortona - into a creative quarter of galleries and design studios.