A distinctly unusual way to see, buy and display art, design and crafts will be pioneered at an exhibition by Christie’s South Kensington on April 1-4: scale models of 66 works will be placed in an installation called Patron’s House, and visitors will be able to rearrange the pieces in layouts of their own choosing.
The show, First Open Postwar and Contemporary Art, is a collaboration with Mayfair-based The New Craftsmen and Africa’s leading limited edition design gallery Southern Guild, and will be followed by an auction of the items on April 5.
Eye-catching pieces created by The New Craftsmen artisans and designer-makers represented by Southern Guild (including the much-admired Porky Hefer and Dokter and Misses), will come under the hammer in the contemporary living section. Nic Webb’s boxwood creation A “Lost Vessel” (estimate £4,500-£6,500) and Edmond Byrne’s moulded glass Jade Moonjar vase (£4,000-£6,000) are wonderfully sculptural, while Sebastian Cox’s Scorched ash dining table (£6,000-£9,000) is eminently practical.
A pair of walnut and brass armchairs (£8,000-£12,000) by Anatomy Design and Nicole Levenberg are defined by painterly, hand-screenprinted upholstery, while Two Oceans (£18,000-£22,000) by Norman Meyer and Abrie von Wielligh is a stunning, 2.18m tall cabinet in tactile walnut on a hammered and patinated metal base.
Artworks for sale include Dan Rees’s mystical Artex Painting (£20,000-£30,000) and Jakub Julian Ziółkowski’s surreal Man Without Face (£3,000-£5,000), while Oust, a hand-knotted wool and silk carpet (£25,000-£30,000) by John Murray and Paco Pakdoust, offers a compelling canvas for the floor. Being free to rearrange any of these pieces in one’s own home would be a joy.