When René Redzepi’s groundbreaking restaurant Noma opened on a Copenhagen harbourside in 2003, it became almost as well known for its locally made, rough-meets-refined aesthetic as its food. Today the restaurant is undergoing something of a reincarnation and, having taken up a brief residency in Tulum, Mexico, is shortly to reopen in its home city with a new mission and a new menu.
Both mission and menu are being kept secret for now, but diners can certainly expect a new interior look because, on November 2, US-based auction house Wright is selling off much of the furniture and tableware Redzepi selected for the original site.
Like his menu, Redzepi’s choice of interior objects was a celebration of Nordic sensibility, and the 500 lots that make up this unique sale reflect the best of them, past and present – something that will delight fans of Scandi style. There are dining chairs (estimate $9,000-$12,000 for each full set) by two of Denmark’s most celebrated midcentury modernists, JL Møller and Hans Wegner, for example, and an elegantly pared-back oak, leather and brass sofa ($5,000-$7,000) by contemporary design studio Space Copenhagen, while the thriving 21st-century craft scene is represented by glass artist Nina Nørgaard (handblown glass carafe and set of four espresso cups, $700-$900) and internationally acclaimed studio ceramicists KH Würtz (set of four glazed bowls, $300-$500).
There is much here to thrill memorabilia-seekers too, most notably a 6m-long wooden dining table ($20,000-$30,000) handmade by KBH, and the site-specific installation ($20,000-$30,000) by Danish sculptor Lone Høyer Hansen that once graced one of the restaurant’s walls. Composed of a series of cast-iron and powder-coated-steel reliefs, it is a visually arresting representation of crystal forms found in Greenland and Norway.
The items in this sale are important design objects in their own right; add the stardust of their association with one of the world’s leading restaurants and you have the makings of a very tempting auction indeed. Expect fierce bidding.