Actor & Collector Julianne Moore Explores Beauty in Important Design

Actor & Collector Julianne Moore Explores Beauty in Important Design

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Academy Award and Emmy winning actor and collector Julianne Moore picks her favorites from the wonderful offerings in Important Design: from Noguchi to Lalanne, a two-part sale taking place in New York and Paris on 25–26 May.

T his month, Sotheby's celebrates the greatest names in Decorative Arts and Design with a two-part sale series, Important Design: from Noguchi to Lalanne. The sales invite a captivating dialogue between two continents and the most talented designers of the 20th and 21st centuries across styles, forms, materials and lines.

Joining us in conversation is Academy Award and Emmy winning actor and avid collector Julianne Moore. Between her ongoing creative projects (which currently include the Apple+ series Lisey’s Story (2021) as well as Spirit Untamed (2021), Women In The Window (2021), Dear Evan Hanson (2021) and When You Finish Saving the World), Moore immerses herself in the history and collecting of fine art and design.

In anticipation of the upcoming duo of design auctions, Moore will take part in Inspirational Living: Important Design with Julianne Moore, a Sotheby's Talks event with senior curator at the Noguchi Museum Dakin Hart, gallerist Jean-Gabriel Mitterrand and Sotheby's Vice President France and Head of 20th Century Design Florent Jeanniard.

Here, we asked Moore to select a few of her favorite objects from the New York and Paris offerings – read on to learn more.

Julianne's Picks from Important Design: New York

Jean-Michel Frank, A Rare Desk, circa 1930, estimate $120,000 - 180,000

“I love this desk for its simplicity – it is so pure and so elegant.”
Julianne Moore


Alberto Giacometti, Pair of "Étoile" Table Lamps, designed circa 1935, estimate $180,000 – 240,000

“The metal of these lamps is very grounding and the design so timeless.”
Julianne Moore


Isamu Noguchi, An Important Table , 1945-1947, estimate $700,000 – 1,000,000.

“This piece is so beautiful – it is a piece of sculpture that you can forever live and interact with within your daily life.”
Julianne Moore


Pierre Jeanneret, Pair of Bedside Tables, Model No. PJ-R-09-A, designed circa 1955-1956, $8,000 – 12,000

“It is so hard to find bedside tables that are as simple as this but still have personality and patina.”
Julianne Moore


Jean Royère, A Rare Cabinet, circa 1938, estimate $30,000 – 50,000

“The size of this piece is fantastic – you would need so little else if you had this in a room!”
Julianne Moore


Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, "Chaînes" Mineral Triple, 2016, estimate $40,000 – 60,000

“I love the work of the Bouroullec brothers – this piece is so bold and big and sculptural. I would love to have this in my house.”
Julianne Moore


Scott Burton, Seat-Leg Table, designed 1986 estimate $30,000 – 50,000

“I keep seeing this outside in a garden, it’s so beautiful, I would love to see it surrounded by green.”
Julianne Moore


Julianne's Picks from Important Design: Paris

Philip et Kelvin LaVerne, Table basse, circa 1965, estimate 8,000 – 12,000 EUR

“Philip and Kelvin Laverne – I also appreciate their work but it is usually too ornate for me. This particular table is so simple and elemental though, and I love the color.”
Julianne Moore


Marteen Baas, Cheminée, pièce unique, 2011, estimate 7,000 – 10,000 EUR

“I saw a show of Marteen Bass at Moss in the 80’s and never forgot it. I love that this is an ornament and not an actual fireplace, but that is still elicits that same feeling in me as the actual object would.”
Julianne Moore


Georges Jouve, Important Vase Bonbonne, 1955, estimate 30,000 – 50,000 EUR

“Such a pure and beautiful shape and color. And a great size.”
Julianne Moore


Philippe Anthonioz, Suspension L002, circa 2000, estimate 24,000 – 32,000 EUR

“His work is so timeless. You would never be able to place it, I love the sculptural quality. It would be such a beautiful piece to see right as you entered a house.”
Julianne Moore


Diego Giacometti, Tapis la rencontre, designed in 1984, estimate 10,000 – 15,000 EUR

“I love the little people on this rug!”
Julianne Moore


Pierre Jeanneret, Table PJ-TA-01-A , circa 1960-1961, estimate 40,000 – 60,000 EUR

“This table has an amazing size and feel - it feels so casual but has so much personality. I feel like I can still see all the people around it.”
Julianne Moore


Charlotte Perriand, Bahut, circa 1958, estimate 40,000 – 60,000 EUR

“Such a combination of usefulness and beauty. And so unassuming.”
Julianne Moore


Philippe Hiquily, Table Double plateau, designed in 1970, estimate 35,000 – 50,000 EUR

“I love that the petrified wood has such a natural quality but that it is set in bronze. And the color is gorgeous.”
Julianne Moore

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