Think of products made from natural materials by local craftsmen, and images of rustic simplicity are more likely to spring to mind than show-stopping glamour. Enter, stage left, Cravt. Launched in the Netherlands three years ago and formerly known as DK Home, its über-luxe collection of interior objects, furniture and lighting combines artisanal techniques and natural materials with cool, contemporary aesthetics, and will be the subject of a stellar auction on May 16-18.
The sale will cover the entire contents of Cravt’s Amsterdam showroom (bids can be placed online or in person), as the company turns its focus away from products and towards bespoke interiors. Standout lots include the Circlet chair (estimate €6,000-€6,500) in brown-lipped mother-of-pearl harvested from pearl oysters and paua shells, a door handle (around €80) in black-lipped pearl oyster shell that changes colour in the light from pink to shades of bluey green, and the Mammoth desk made from exquisitely cut pieces of baguio stone, brushed copper and polished brass (€12,600-€12,750).
Other highly desirable pieces include the Marilyn box in stingray skin (€2,900-€3,000), a hanging lamp spun from copper-plated iron strands (around €550) and an ornamental side table in rosewood and gold leaf (€7,000-€7,500).
This is a one-off chance to acquire some outstanding one-off items.