Friday Photo: Play It Again, Poul!

We challenge you to browse the stunning (and beautifully photographed) objects on offer at Wright‘s upcoming Scandinavian Design sale and not consider acquiring a lifestyle for which you’ll have regular use—not to mention ample space—for a sleek teak colony of Arne Jacobsen ant chairs. The November 18 auction, 223 lots strong, features an array of classics from established masters along with a few surprises. “I continue to be drawn to Scandinavian design,” says Richard Wright, director of the Chicago-based auction house. “It represents great value to me. I think it’s underappreciated in the market. I think there’s an honesty and directness to the material that is refreshing.” After seriously considering building an UnBeige steam room to properly accommodate the Antti Nurmesniemi sauna stool, we headed straight for the Poul (Henningsen and Kjaerholm). We think Hr. Henningsen’s got the sale’s real stunner: this PH 22 Piano lamp. Designed for Louis Poulsen in the early 1930s, the swoop of bronze, Bakelite, and glass is the flowery and attentive cousin of Henningsen’s iconic Artichoke lamp. Wright estimates that it will sell for between $20,000 and $30,000. And it likely will—if the healthy results of the house’s first Scandinavian Design sale (in which 90% of the lots sold) are any guide. Stay tuned for more. Noted Wright, “We want to continue doing the Scandinavian Design series, because there’s a lot of material to explore.”