Leading Lights

Launch Slideshow

‘Switch On’ is an innovative section of the forthcoming Design sale at Sotheby’s, illuminating key moments in the history of lighting design in the 20th and 21st centuries. Commencing with Art Deco works, which show the innovative use of new materials, the auction culminates with contemporary designers, who present artistic concepts while pushing new materials to their limits. Additionally, the sale is completed by hallmark designs by Scandinavian artists, such as Poul Henningsen, and Italian artists, such as Max Ingrand and Gino Sarfatti.

4 November | London

Leading Lights

  • Ingo Maurer, ‘Ei Liegendes’ Floor Light, 2007, £45,000-55,000
    This rare ‘Ei Liegendes’ Floor Light, exists in very limited numbers as it is only produced on request by the Ingo Maurer studio. The piece encapsulates notions of purity, fertility, birth, damage and renewal – as light is being emitted from the darkness of a perfect form that has cracked.

  • Ingo Maurer,‘J.B. Dragonfly’, 2011, £12,000-18,000
    Accentuated by delicately handmade dragonflies attracted to the central light, ‘J.B. Dragonfly’ was commissioned for RED, an innovative exhibition held at The Conran Shop in London in 2012. These unique items of furniture, lighting, fashion and home accessories were inspired by the iconic British Pillar Box. An artist that is notably associated with post-war and contemporary lighting design, Ingo Maurer’s works feature in museum collections, such as MoMA, the Stedelijk Museum and the Vitra Design Museum.

  • Tord Boontje,‘Ivy Shadow’ Chandelier, 2014, Produced by Porta Romana, £8,000-12,000
    This ‘Ivy Shadow Chandelier’ was the first piece produced for Tord Boontje’s ‘Enchanted Forest’ collection. Boontje’s vision was to recreate the shapes and shadows of sunlight shining through a tree canopy. Sprawling lengths of ivy twist their way through a flowing central frame, all suspended in the sky by a fluted cornet. This work is a wonderful juxtaposition of method and form: meticulously devised technical laser cutting was used to create something of whimsical and delicate beauty.

  • Fernando & Humberto Campana,‘Ouro Preto’ Floor Lamp, 2011, £25,000-30,000
    This ‘Ouro Preto’ Floor Lamp forms part of the Brazilian Baroque collection produced by Galleria O. in 2011, which comes to the sale from a Private Collection. The pieces contain ornate gilt bronze decoration in a variety of whimsical motifs – a playful reworking of the baroque aesthetic from the 17th and 18th centuries.

  • Gino Sarfatti, 'Spider' Ceiling Light, Model No. 2023, circa 1946-50, £8,000-10,000
    This Italian mid-century piece featuring 24 arms has rarely appeared at auction and utilises characteristic brass materials in its simple undulating arms and in the subtle decoration of the socket holders surrounding each bulb.

  • Stuart Haygarth,‘Tide’ Chandelier, 2005, £10,000 – 15,000
    Aptly titled ‘Tide chandelier’, this piece is created from debris washed up on the beach at Dungeness in southeast England. The unique combination of found objects creates an interesting and playful lighting effect.


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