Since it first opened its doors in 2003, René Redzepi’s Noma restaurant has not only helped create a new benchmark for Nordic cuisine, but also elevated the aesthetic standard for the hospitality business in general. Since closing the restaurant earlier this year, Redzepi spearheaded a residency in Mexico, and opened a new spot in Copenhagen, Barr, while also working on Noma 2.0, which is due to open in early 2018.
Although the legend that was the original Noma has since been dismantled, its furnishings, glassware and ceramics will find a second lease of life thanks to Chicago auction house Wright, which is selling the restaurant’s iconic pieces on 2 November.
Table from the Noma kitchen
Redesigned in 2012 by Space Copenhagen, the restaurant became a touchstone for Danish eateries, inspiring cosy, dark-toned interiors and earthy materials in a raft of establishments. Redzepi had personally selected some of the tableware and furniture for his restaurant, produced by artisans from across the Nordic region with a penchant for wood, glass, stone and leather.
Nina Nørgaard was commissioned to create the glassware, while father and son duo Aage and Kasper Würtz provided ceramics. The furniture included pieces by Space Copenhagen as well as Scandinavian classics such as Hans Wegner’s ‘CH46’ chair, or seating by JL Møller and a 20ft long table by Københavns Møbelsnedkeri.
The sale will include over 500 lots; Wright worked with New York-based Danish photographer Ditte Isager on a catalogue to present the collection.