MILAN – Milan’s Salone Internazionale del Mobile has become an unmissable event for connoisseurs of design and interior decoration. For six days the city is buzzing as editors, gallerists, art dealers and luxury brands descend on the city to take part in this keenly awaited fair.

View of Salone. Photo by Alessandro Russotti.

It was therefore the perfect place to bring some of the truly exceptional objects in our 22 May auction of 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design. It’s the first time Sotheby’s has shown during the fair and we’ve teamed up with Berluti – the iconic French shoemaker – to create a display on the theme of Artists’ Furniture – a vast but exhilarating subject that underlines the thin dividing-line between fine art and design.

Niki de Saint-Phalle, Table basse, 1994. Estimate €25,000 – 35,000.

Until 13 April at Sotheby’s galleries on via Broggi, collectors will have the opportunity to see a dozen pieces by such major 20th century artists as Diego Giacometti, François Xavier Lalanne, Antonio Saura and Alexander Calder, to name but a few. Each item was produced in a limited edition and is imbued with great poetry. Highlights include a Niki de Saint-Phalle coffee-table incrusted with shards of glass, offering a condensed version of her colourful, dream-like world, and a gilt-bronze console-table by Arman, whose support is formed by a conglomeration of saxophones and cellos.

Arman, Table de salle à manger, bronze. Estimate €30,000–40,000.

Artist’s Furniture, in association with Berluti
8-13 April
Sotheby’s Milan
Via Broggi, 19
20129 Milan
+39 02 295 001

20th Century Decorative Arts & Design
Sotheby’s Paris
22 May

Florent Jeanniard is a Specialist in 20th Century Decorative Arts & Design, Sotheby’s France.