NEW YORK - On 20 July, Sotheby’s held a reception and private preview of tomorrow's Contemporary Living – Photographs, Prints & Design sale. More than 200 guests were hosted by interior designer and Habitually Chic blogger Heather Clawson and the Sotheby’s 1744 Young Collectors Club.

As guests sipped a selection of rosé, Chablis and Champagne provided by Sotheby’s Wine, a store located in the Sotheby’s headquarters lobby, they admired stylish arrangements of 20th-century design objects and works of art in dialogue. A grid of Andy Warhol’s Cowboys and Indian prints provided a backdrop for a sensuous jacaranda-wood bench by Brazilian midcentury designer Sergio Rodrigues, and a David Hockney swimming pool lithograph above a sleek Mad Men-era cabinet showed how objects harmonise to create fresh, modern interiors. Curated under the direction of Joshua Holdeman, Sotheby’s Worldwide Head of 20th Century Design, Photographs and Prints, the Contemporary Living sale presents an exciting opportunity for not only established buyers, but especially for those new to buying at auction. “Prints and photography are a really good place to start,” says Clawson. “It’s a really great sale to get some good buys on some things that normally, I think people think they can’t afford to buy at Sotheby’s.”

For Clawson, helping her clients buy art is integral to the design process. “It’s so important,” she says. “I can’t imagine doing a project without art because it’s the finishing touch to me.”

To go behind the scenes of the event and preview some of the Contemporary Living sale’s works, click the image below.