Peter’s Auction Picks of the Day: October 12th

October 12, 2010


Eames vs. Borsani
My two picks today are the Eames Sofa Compact (Lot 376) and the Borsani Lounge Chair (Lot 354).















We happened to place these pieces near each other in the preview and I was struck with how well they work together. Each were developed around the same time, half a world a part, however Eames’ design for a collapsible sofa is one that reduces down to a 10 inch x 6 foot box. This is one of the most ingenious designs for a sofa from the mid-century period; it is the ultimate functional seating wrapped in a svelte package.

The Borsani lounge also has characteristics which allows it to bend and fold like origami into a small package for shipping, and then out again into a luxurious, first-class recliner, reminiscent of today’s business class seating on an international flight.

Both of these designs are set on a simple steel frame and both are upholstered in charcoal tone, but there is a beautiful contrast in the connections of each element of these two designs. Where Eames is linear, Borsani curves. Where Borsani straightens out,  Eames bends. Where Eames’ structure is exposed, Borsani’s is contained. But amid all their differences, they seem happy together.


















Lot Information

Osvaldo Borsani
Lounge chair
Model no. P40
Tecno, designed 1955
Retains Tecno label
36”h x 27.25”w x 33”d
October 17, 2010 Auction

Charles & Ray Eames
Sofa Compact
Model no. 473
Herman Miller, designed 1954
Black vinyl
36”h x 29”d x 71”
October 17, 2010 Auction



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