My Highlights from The Salon: Art + Design 2013

I’m most attracted to pieces with strong, clean lines and good proportions. I feel the eye perceives proportion and form above all else.

All of the pieces I’ve chosen are truly representative of the body of works of some of the most important designers and architects of the 20th century. These are pieces that I would love to use in any one of my projects. The one piece of art I chose is a small ink drawing by Franz Kline. Even at such a small scale, you can feel the power of Kline’s work.

Poul HenningsenCeiling lamp “Septima 5”, 1929, at Modernity

Pierre ChareauHanging shelves, ca. 1928 at Vallois SAS

André SornayGaming table, ca. 1936, at Galerie Alain Marcelpoil

Franz KlineUntitled, c. 1952, at James Goodman Gallery

Kersten Horlin HolmquistPair of Chairs, 1955, at Hostler Burrows

Line VautrinVery rare luminous “Sequins” mirror, ca. 1960, at Galerie Chastel-Maréchal

Tomaso BuzziLantern, ca. 1930 at Bernd Goeckler Antiques

Anthropomorphic Idol, Anatolian, 5th-4th millennium, at Phoenix Ancient Art

Jacques-Emile RuhlmannPair of sconces, at Galerie Marcilhac

Oscar NiemeyerLow Armchair and Ottoman, circa 1978, at Galerie Downtown - François Laffanour

My advice for new collectors:

1. Buy what you love

2. It’s always advisable to buy the best piece you can afford of your chosen designer or artist - these are the works that you will enjoy living with and that will most likely hold their value and appreciate.

3. The best way to go about making the right purchasing decisions is to have guidance from an expert in the design periods you favor.

Designers to watch in 2014:

Martin Szekely and Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec

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