Design Masterworks is the highest quality sale of the season. Forty-one lots of specially curated and researched offerings make up this tightly vetted sale. From a Rare and Important Isamu Noguchi Chess table to stunning designs by Piero Fornasetti, the auction is a showcase of the best and rarest works coming to auction. Highlights previews will take place in New York and Chicago from November 10th to November 17th.

“What about black… the illusion of black…means to me; I don’t think I chose it for black. I think it chose me for saying something. You see, it says more for me than anything else. In the academic world, they used to say black and white were no colors, but I’m twisting that to tell you that for me it is the total color. It means totality. It means: contains all.”

Louise Nevelson

16 Isamu Noguchi Rare and Important Chess table, model IN-61 $150,000 – 200,000

“Copper is too fragile, aluminum too light, gold too symbolic, silver too weak, bronze is out of fashion, and platinum inaccessible… Nothing is more beautiful than steel.”

Maria Pergay

11 George Nakashima Important and rare Minguren coffee table $150,000 – 200,000

“The canons and orders taught me rigor, a love of symmetry and balance, and—if it can be said in these times of such barbarous return to barbarity— a love of harmony. I merely repurposed them in simple and clear structures, wedding decoration to form.”

Piero Fornasetti

22 Ron Arad Blo-Void 3 $60,000 – 80,000

Wright publishes a special catalog with extensive content for our Design Masterworks series – a tour-de-force of research and design, they are reference works in themselves.


For more information about the sale, please contact:
312 563 0020

Auction / Chicago
17 November 2016
Noon ct

Select Preview / Chicago
10 – 17 November
10 am – 4 pm M – F
12 – 4 pm Sat
Sun by appointment 

Select Preview / New York
10 – 17 November
11 am – 5 pm M – Sat