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New exhibition of David Bowie furniture collection!Sunday 13 November 2016
On the next 11th November, London will be the stage for the presentation of David Bowie’s Furniture Collection at Sotheby’s. Too little was known about the latest David Bowie’s private art collection until his death, earlier this year. The musician was a devoted yet discrete collector to works by Italian Designer Ettore Sottsass and the Memphis Group, based in Milan, Italy.
The collection is composed by 100 pieces and the prices are very variables. The collection is composed of over 100 pieces and the costs are expected to be in a range between £60 and £7000.
Bowie was born and raised in South of London and he has studied art, music and design before he decided for a professional career as musician in 1963. Adam Trunoske, the Sotheby’s furniture expert, said that Bowie’s collection is one of the most impressive and extensive in the world, it also includes also some fashion design works by Karl Lagerfeld and Dennis Zanone.
“The Memphis designers flipped things on their head, and Bowie was always changing things up,” said Adam Trunoske. An he continued adding: “What I love is that Bowie kept this collection private and really wants to keep this to himself and have fun. I think that really says a lot about Bowie.”
“The works produced by the historical avant-garde design collaborative Memphis Milano, led by Ettore Sottsass, could not have found a more receptive and tuned-in audience than David Bowie,” said Cécile Verdier, Co-Worldwide Head of 20th Century Design at Sotheby’s.
She then proceeded to say: “This is design with no limits and no boundaries. When you look at a piece of Memphis design, you see their unconventionality, the kaleidoscope of forms and patterns, the vibrant contrasting colours that really shouldn’t work but really do.”
David Bowie had a kind of obsession with Memphis Design, founded by Ettore Sottsass in the early 1980s, and with its designs which completely stood out the typical art world.
“He was always kind of changing his style throughout the years and he was never quite the same person, and these pieces really reflected him because they polarised audiences when they came out.”, concluded Adam Trunoske.
Photo Credits: Sotheby’s
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