ArtCrush 2021: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

ArtCrush 2021: Art Auction to Benefit the Aspen Art Museum

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Nacho Carbonell

Sunset Cocoon Concrete Base

Lot Closed

August 6, 04:05 PM GMT


60,000 - 65,000 USD

Lot Details


Nacho Carbonell

b. 1980

Sunset Cocoon Concrete Base


Metal mesh coon, concrete base, sprayed layers of paverpol with pigments, LED lightbulb

47 1/4 by 48 by 18 3/4 in. (120 by 122 by 50 cm)

Courtesy of Carpenters Workshop Gallery

Nacho Carbonell’s breakthrough design, Pump it up (2007), is an inflatable, foam-and-silicon lounger that, when occupied, diverts excess air through tubes into a small group of animal forms, which inflate and come to life, gathering around their new owner like a personal zoo. This playful and symbiotic relationship with the user lies at the core of all Carbonell’s creations. His designs — which range from seating to lamps to tapestries — are, he says, ‘communicative objects that can arouse one’s sensations and imagination’. Born in Spain in 1980, Carbonell relocated to Eindhoven to study and subsequently stayed in the city, where he keeps the studio he refers to as his ‘laboratory’. He re-created part of this studio in 2018 at The Armory Show in New York, alongside a selection of his ‘Cocoon’ lamps (2015–19), whose steel bases are carefully swathed in colored, highly textured metal mesh. In a 2018 interview with Architectural Digest, Carbonell described these pieces as ‘plants that grow from difficult soil’. Organic and tactile yet refined, Carbonell’s works have a rare vitality that almost renders them living organisms; as we flick a switch or take a seat, they come alive, drawing us into a realm of fantasy and play. Named ‘Designer of the Future’ at Design Miami/Basel in 2010, Carbonell quickly gained international recognition for his collectable pieces that, spanning art and design, have been exhibited in and become part of the collections of museums around the world, including the Groninger Museum, Eindhoven, the Netherlands; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, CA; and the Art Institute of Chicago, IL.  

Please note that while this auction is hosted on, it is being administered by the Aspen Art Museum, and all post-sale matters (inclusive of invoicing and property pickup/shipment) will be handled by the Aspen Art Museum. As such, Sotheby’s will share the contact details for the winning bidders with the Aspen Art Museum so that they may be in touch directly post-sale.