It is good attitude to doubt rules.
Creativity doesn't follow rules.

Gaetano Pesce

Champion 100

Champion 100 celebrates the collecting philosophy of George Champion. With more than 25 years in the field, Champion has cultivated a reputation for assembling works across a broad range of styles and movements. He explains: “I collect what I like—as long as it’s good design.” 

From the very beginning, George was focused on finding the best examples of any given design. His father, who worked in manufacturing and industrial design, instilled in George a robust appreciation for precision, quality and innovation at an early age.

His first foray into the world of collecting was with Shaker furniture. Drawn to the clean, unadorned lines and practicality of Shaker style, it was only natural that George soon transitioned to collecting midcentury modern works, endeavoring to find the most original or iconic representations of a form be it Mies van der Rohe’s white leather Barcelona chairs for Knoll or 50th Anniversary, rosewood LCWs by Charles and Ray Eames.

His passion for design extends well beyond the historical to the contemporary, rare and unusual. Since the 1980s, George has traveled each year to Milan to attend the Salone de Mobile and satellite fairs to view present day design innovations. He fervently follows the production of Cappellini because he believes Giulio Cappellini has been the most receptive to providing opportunities to new, up-and-coming designers. It is from the Cappellini Showroom in New York, "where the company sends its best stuff", that George has acquired many original and exceptional designs including Oki Sato’s (nendo) Tent desk.

Finally, George is also interested in the designers themselves and he has met many of the designers whose works he collects. From asking Ettore Sottsass, Keith Haring, or Philippe Starck to sign works within his collection, to purchasing works from Gaetano Pesce directly, George is wholly invested in the world of design. Design is his passion, his interest and his livelihood. 


Champion 100 is the first in a series of auctions in which Wright collaborates with a collector to present a curated selection of 100 works from their personal collection highlighting their design philosophy. George Champion is a collector and dealer located in Woodbury, Connecticut. 


Gaetano Pesce b. 1939

Gaetano Pesce is one of the most progressive and visionary designers of the 20th century, building a diverse and avant-garde body of work from principles of anti-rationalism, a concern for the individual and the “human touch,” and an experimental approach to materials and means of production.

Pesce was born in 1939 in La Spezia, Italy and grew up between Florence and Padua. His father, a naval officer, died in WWII, leaving his mother to raise him and his brother alone, resulting in a difficult childhood. From a young age, Pesce exhibited a rebellious spirit, joining Gruppo N, a radical artist collective when he was still a teenager. In 1959, Pesce enrolled at the University of Venice to study architecture, because he considered it to be the most complex and challenging of the arts. He found the curriculum tedious and stifling with its insistence on historicism and the hyper-rationalist, mechanical, and abstracted ideals of modernist architecture, which he thought disregarded the individual and attempted to standardize the human spirit. He found his suspicions of modernism confirmed when he visited Dessau, Germany, the birthplace of the Bauhaus, to find that the first Bauhaus building, where Paul Klee and Ludwig Mies van der Rohe taught, had been turned into a coal room.

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GAETANO PESCE, Sansone table | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone table
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,000

GAETANO PESCE, set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $36,000

GAETANO PESCE, conference table for the American Ballet Theatre | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table for the American Ballet Theatre
estimate: $30,000–40,000
result: $33,800

GAETANO PESCE, Dalila chair | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Dalila chair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $25,200

GAETANO PESCE, Golgotha chair | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Golgotha chair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $25,000

GAETANO PESCE, Golgotha chair | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Golgotha chair
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $23,750

GAETANO PESCE, prototype dining table | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

prototype dining table
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $18,750

GAETANO PESCE, Nobody's Perfect tables, set of two | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Nobody's Perfect tables, set of two
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $16,250

GAETANO PESCE, Dalila 3 armchair | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Dalila 3 armchair
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $16,250

GAETANO PESCE, Nobody's Perfect cabinet | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Nobody's Perfect cabinet
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $12,500

GAETANO PESCE, UP3 chair | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

UP3 chair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $11,400

GAETANO PESCE, ceiling light | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

ceiling light
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,250

GAETANO PESCE, conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,200

GAETANO PESCE, vase | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

vase
estimate: $1,500–2,000
result: $10,000

GAETANO PESCE, Sansone II | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone II
estimate: $9,000–12,000
result: $9,440

GAETANO PESCE, set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

set of lamps from Il Cestello, Florence
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $9,375

GAETANO PESCE, Osso lamp | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Osso lamp
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $8,890

GAETANO PESCE, Sansone II coffee table | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone II coffee table
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,750

GAETANO PESCE, 543 Broadway chairs, set of six | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

543 Broadway chairs, set of six
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $8,750

GAETANO PESCE, conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,125

GAETANO PESCE, Sansone II dining table | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

Sansone II dining table
estimate: $6,000–8,000
result: $8,125

GAETANO PESCE, conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

conference table from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,125

GAETANO PESCE, set of twelve 543 Broadway chairs from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

set of twelve 543 Broadway chairs from TBWA/Chiat/Day, New York
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,800

GAETANO PESCE, UP7 (Il Piede) | wright20.com

Gaetano Pesce

UP7 (Il Piede)
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $7,800