For a saleroom better associated with auctioning antiquities and art, such as Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring, the Venduehuis’s début Design Auction in The Hague is quite a departure. “Design auctions are an existing concept in other countries, but until now the Netherlands has only had occasional initiatives, so our bicentennial anniversary is an excellent reason to establish the concept here,” says Venduehuis managing director Tim Erpenbeek.
The auction embraces three aspects. Firstly, 13 invited Dutch designers have created one-off chairs inspired by an original in the Venduehuis curiosities collection for the project A Chair for Charity, with proceeds going to each designer’s nominated charity. Maarten Baas, for example, has created a new addition to his Clay series based on a traditional Dutch button chair, with proceeds going to Amnesty. Other designers involved in the project include Ed Annink (chair in first picture), Ineke Hans, Kiki van Eijk (chair in second picture), Richard Hutten, Ted Noten and Tejo Remy.
The sale’s second part focuses on the Zetel (“seat”) collection from Stichting Zetel, a foundation concerned with chair development, with around 50 one-off designs, prototypes and special editions created by designers who live or work in the Netherlands, including Wiel Arets, Dinie Besems, Richard Hutten (chairs in third picture), Dirk Vander Kooij and Marc Ruygrok.
The sale’s third part comprises 20th- and 21st-century furniture and objects from private individuals. And the great thing is that anyone, anywhere, can bid – by phone, live over the internet or in person. Check the Venduehuis website in the coming days for an online catalogue, which will also be available in print.