A couple of weeks ago, A-Gent of Style was honoured to be approached by Decorex to be their trendspotter and feature the new crazes, fads and tendencies he noticed on the design circuit during the international event. Below are snaps of the article that went live on their website and their newsletter. To view the online article in the original, bigger print, click here.
One of the highlights at Decorex this September for A-Gent of Style
(see the special feature here) was the discovery of new kid on the design block KONIG Colours.
KONIG Colours showcased their range with a stand they designed together and shared with world renowned interior designer, Nina Campbell, in an eye-catching display of sample pots as attractive as a box of Ladurée macaroons and face creams.
The eco-friendly KONIG Colours offers a wide spectrum of subtle but also bright colours that stand out beautifully from the saturated paint market. Having, deservedly, garnered more and more press coverage over the months,
KONIG Colours are steadily becoming one of the go-to paint suppliers for the discerning eye. And with enticing and intriguing names such as Olivers Army, Tweety, German Grey and the likes, what more can you ask for?
The KONIG Colours paint range has been developed by interior designers, Jasper & Vanessa Galloway. After years of not finding ‘exactly’ the right colours and mixing their own they came across an incredible base paint developed for the commercial market. The paint, a highly engineered, high performance acrylic based paint, offers excellent durability, cleanability and exceptional coverage. Jasper developed the palette of 101 colours with stainers and these are available in 4 different finishes, low sheen emulsion, satin eggshell, gloss and flat acrylic emulsion. The full range are 100% waterbased, fast-drying, allergy safe with virtually nil odour and a very good flow rate for ease of application and fantastic opacity. The most important factor for the duo is that no matter what the colour; the paint would have exceptional usability and high performance qualities.
All of the colours are vibrant and versatile and the majority are influenced by pair’s travels and life surroundings from the fresh green of the spring Hellebore’s to the stunning sunsets in Bandol, the deep blue sea at Needs ore and the childhood memories of cartoon characters like Tweety. Every colour has a story to tell.
‘We wanted to develop a colour palette that was diverse for all interiors, vibrant punchy colours with My Orange, subtle greys like Wilcote and moody blues and greens in Lorca, Tyringham and Cecil Green.’ Jasper Galloway
The range was developed in the Konig studio in Buckinghamshire, where all the colour charts are made and hand finished.
All paints are available to order at www.konigcolours.co.uk
A complete selection of sample pots & colour charts are available at our Nina Campbell’s shop, 9 Walton Street, SW3
– Photos by KONIG Colours and A-Gent of Style –
Alongside the auction The Collection of David Collins, reviewed here last week, at 1pm today at Christie’s, the London sales of 20/21 DESIGN will include an inaugural Evening Sale in King Street at 6pm. The sale will present a varied selection of luxury designer furniture of Post War and Contemporary Design, complemented by Pre-War avant-garde works, by the main proponents of 20th and 21st Century Design from Italy, France, Brazil, Scandinavia as well as an Important Private collection of mid-century French design featuring works by Charlotte Perriand, such as the ‘Mexique’ cabinet, circa 1953, and by Jean Royère, Jean Prouvé and André Arbus.
The exhibition is opened today until 12pm
You can view the full catalogue here.
MID-CENTURY FRENCH DESIGN FROM AN IMPORTANT PRIVATE COLLECTION
The Evening Auction features a selection of mid-century design from an important private collection featuring furniture by André Arbus, Jean Royère, Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand.
The Evening Auction also features a strong group of works by leading Swedish, Finnish and Danish designers. These include a desk set from the 1970s, comprising two trays, a pen holder, a ruler, a letter opener and a magnifying glass by Henning Koppel for Gerog Jensen as well as a rare sofa produced by Danish architect Philip Arctander in 1949-1950. Further highlights from the Nordic section include a pair of ‘Mix’ club chairs, model ‘4396’, designed in 1931 by Kaare Klint, who is acknowledged as the founding father of Danish Modernism.
The auction will also offer a selection of Brazilian design, which rarely appears in auction in Europe, and will feature works by the Campana Brothers, Oscar Niemeyer and José Zanine Caldas. The highlight of the group is a rare and early work , the Peixe bench (Estimate £80,000 – 120,000), created in 1989 by Humberto and Fernando Campana and presented by them as part of their Desconfortável (uncomfortable) collection of furniture at the Nucleon 8 Gallery in São Paulo.
CONTEMPORARY GLASS BY YOICHI OHIRA
A selection of works by renowned contemporary glass designer Yoichi Ohira have been carefully selected by a private collector in Milan: Mrs. Norma Cortellini. Ohira’s understanding for the tradition and history of glassmaking in Murano, combined with his distinct imagination and Far Eastern aesthetic, situates him as one of the most original and skilled glassmakers. Mrs. Cortellini collected these pieces with enthusiasm and an acute understanding of Ohira’s sensibility and skills. Ohira conveys the tensions between transparency and opacity, interior and exterior through the expert use of a vast array of techniques.
Highlights from the Italian Avant-garde section of the sale include a significant group of vessels and vases by Ettore Sottsass, as well as an early ‘Poltrona di Proust’ armchair, designed in 1978 by Alessandro Mendini, this example executed early 1980s.
THE EXTRA ORDINARY COLLECTION OF AN EXTRA ORDINARY DESIGNER: LUXURY – COLOUR – TEXTURE, THE COLLECTION of DAVID COLLINS at CHRISTIE’S LONDON
The talents of the multi-hyphenated David Collins and its manifestations in our lives have been storied in manifold articles on this blog since its creation, and today’s feature will reveal this time not the illustrious and magical bars, restaurants, hotels and stores Collins is associated and revered for around the world, but one of his residential projects. And a special one at that. His very own house and its ‘eclectibles’.
On 4 November, 2014 at 1pm at King Street, Christie’s will be offering at auction the collection of renowned interior architect David Collins. Following his untimely death in 2013, the estate sale, aptly named “Luxury – Colour – Texture, The Collection of David Collins”, crystallises his subtle yet distinctive vision that now pervades the contemporary aesthetic and urban landscape. His imagination and creativity brought to fruition luxury interior design and architectural projects across the globe. The projects created by his eponymous Studio, that carries the designer’s name and keeps his legacy alive and prosperous, represent deeply-textured interiors that feel simultaneously contemporary yet established, rooted in the life and traditions of their respective locations and exemplifying the designer’s extraordinary capacity to reinvent and reinterpret the past. Comprising 200 lots and with estimates ranging from £300 to £60,000, the sale is expected to realise in the region of £1 million.
The official preview being scheduled only this evening, A-Gent of Style was thrilled to be given an exclusive preview and private tour of the exhibition last night by Christie’s sales specialist Jeremy Morrison and Jodi Feder, Brand Manager of David Collins Studio – . As he walked up the main staircase into the Great Room and its annex on the first floor, A-Gent of Style couldn’t help but feel a sense of awe and wonder as the beautifully and meticulously curated room sets and vignettes unravelled before his eyes revealing for the first time the objets in situ – principally of or inspired by mid-century French taste, either vintage or manufactured by the Studio – that so far had only been available to see in print or online, and therefore permeated with a certain mystique.
This seminal sale and accompanying exhibition will provide discerning collectors a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to, firstly, see the contents of mainly one unique house (Bramham Gardens, Kensington), to recognise the ultimate legacy of an aesthete before its dissipation to disparate new owners, and also to acquire exemplary works of art, pieces of furniture and memorabilia from Collins’s personal world.
Despite the undeniable sense of bittersweet feelings when the extra ordinary collection of an extra ordinary tastemaker such as David Collins is dispersed after a sale, the tangible sense of thrill and intrigue as to which appreciative acquisitors will win the bids and carry on his legacy and memory through his belongings and creations as well as the anticipation of seeing said objects resurface at auctions in the future (and then find out their new values!) only serve to make us realise that David Collins’s journey to enhance our lives is far from over.
Among the furniture, lighting, works of art, photographs and pictures by major 20th Century designers and artists included in the sale are works by Marc du Plantier, Jean Royère, Fontana Arte, Christian Bérard, Line Vautrin, Ado Chale, Wolfgang Tillmans, Steven Klein (including two photographs from the series ‘Madonna Rides Again’, which were a gift from Madonna), Nicolas Aubagnac, and Mario Testino. These are complemented by works conceived by the late David Collins and his eponymous Studio, in their signature style.
Highlights include a pair of floor lights by Paul Dupré-Lafon (estimate £30,000 – 50,000), a glass coffee table by Fontana Arte (£8,000 – 12,000) and a portrait of an acrobat by the French painter Christian Bérard (estimate £40,000 – 60,000).
To view the full catalogue, click here.
A special thanks to Christie’s and Jeremy Morrison, Senior Director and the sale specialist, and Jodi Feder at David Collins Studio for their help, trust and support.
– Photos by Christie’s, David Collins Studio and A-Gent of Style –
Remarkable. The 8th instalment of PAD London, which A-Gent of Style featured before its opening last Monday here, came to a close on Sunday and left many of us, antiques and design lovers, inspired and enraptured with its smorgasbord of first-class furniture, decorative objets, jewellery, photography, and tribal and modern art.
The variety and stylistic combinations of the vignettes and their contents, or should we say ‘eclectibles’, created beautiful relationship and synergies between seemingly disparate notables that read like a roll call of, in their vast majority, 20th C museum-quality pieces with incredible provenance, rarity, authenticity and integrity. Collectors and investors not only come from all around the world to visit PAD. They also come to buy. And didn’t they just! Many pieces had been sold by the end of the preview last Tuesday evening, even before the opening the public.
Until its 9th iteration in Paris next March (six months to wait. The agony), here are A-Gent of Style’s highlights, for your eyes only…