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  • Paris, February 2018 – PIASA’s first auction of Scandinavian Design in 2018, on February 15, yielded a total of €2.1 million. This new sale devoted to the Nordic creativity, replete with big-name masterpieces, confirms PIASA as leaders on the Design market.

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Scandinavian design l february 17. 2016 - 6pm

On 17 February PIASA will offer for auction 200 items of carefully selected items of Scandinavian Design – notably by Axel Einar Hjorth, Axel Salto, Poul Kjaerholm and Ole Wanscher (1903-58) – reflecting the universal impact of Nordic designers on a whole generation of creators. The sober outlines of 20th century Scandinavian furniture still seem amazingly modern to us today.

 

Poul Kjaerholm (1929-80) was a giant of Danish design, whose work is famed for its elegance and refinement. He was fascinated by construction materials, which he considered his ‘natural elements’, and used metal in his designs from the outset. His PK80A day-bed from 1959 is expected to be the highlight of the auction (lot 145, est. €150,000-200,000).

An extensive section is devoted to Swedish designer Axel Einar Hjorth (1888-1959), the master of Nordic interwar classicism. In 1929 he designed a line of furniture called Sportstugemöbler (summerhouse furniture), intended primarily for the wealthy Swedes who have second homes on the small, very private islands that spangle the Baltic near Stockholm. The names of some of these islands – Utö, Lovö, Sandhamn – were given to Hjorth’s series of simple, pinewood designs. These combined the aesthetics of peasant craftsmanship with international modernism, exuding both natural beauty and sculptural power.

Ceramics by the great stoneware specialist Axel Salto (1889-1961), a dominant figure at the Royal Copenhagen porcelain factory, form another important part of the sale, with 42 lots of excellent provenance representing Salto’s hallmark ‘budding,’ ‘sprouting’ and ‘living stone’ styles. Salto was also an artist and poet, who drew inspiration from Nature as a source of perpetual renewal.