Leclere Auction House's Design Sale is an emporium of curiosities. On October 25, the Paris auction house will present innovative creations from illustrious designers who defined modern interior design in the 20th century.

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Several pieces in the catalogue reveal design as you’ve never seen it before. Here are our top picks:


Pierre Vandel, ‘Vertebre’ Armchair, 1972. Photo: Leclere

The ‘Vertebre’ armchair by Pierre Vandel stemmed from an original design of  Brazilian architect Oscar Niemeyer, who in the late 1960s collaborated on the Paris headquarters of the French Communist Party with Vandel. Vandel then inherited the sketches of this chair and finalized the piece, producing 400 copies in 1972 as a version without armrests. Evoking the structure of the human spine, the chair is comfortable and unique.

The Hungarian ceramist Simon Zslot Jósef is the designer of these sculptures which, even if they don’t appear as such, are porcelain. The artist metaphorically and literally required movement to create his pieces. His singular technique, an advanced method of slip casting, consists in deliberately letting the liquid clay escape from its mold, in order to create unexpected shapes.

The ‘Onda’ bench by Jorge Zalszupin is original but maintains a relatively simple structure. The seats are separated from each other by undulating seats which, thanks to the glossiness of the rosewood, create an impression of movement. The bench, created in 1960, is also equipped with a magazine rack at its end; the wood is cut out to accommodate frame folders of camurca and green leather.

In 1986, design luminaries Matteo Thun and Andrea Lera designed a set of seven unusual table lamps, evoking the legendary LEGO block-building toys. These metal and glass lamps mimic urban architecture, resembling skyscraper and factory-like buildings. Together the set offers a futuristic landscape at the nexus of functionality and whimsy.

This pair of pink armchairs from 1986 was designed by Raili and Reima Pietilä. Their unique silhouette seems to have drawn inspiration from airplane seats, with a minimal and metallic aesthetic. The buoyant structure gives the impression that the chairs can tilt back at any time, while the headrest has a stabilizing, cushion-like appearance.

This beautiful chest of drawers from Maison De Coene channels industrial design in its material and composition. The carpentry business of the De Coene brothers took off after World War I, when there was a high demand for artisans. After a trip to America, Joseph De Coene decided to develop a line of laminated wood furniture pieces, which have since been exhibited around the world.

Aside from these wonderful oddities, collectors will find creations by top modern designers, such as Jean Prouvé, Ettore Sottsass, Charlotte Perriand, Pierre Jeanneret, Gio Ponti and George Pelletier.

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