Following the success of their last design auction, the Turin auction house Della Rocca returns from the summer break with a new, exquisite sale. Barnebys has selected six of the most interesting pieces from the collection. We recommend you take this chance to invest in the design classics of the future.

Chaise longue mod. Rio. by Oscar and Anna Maria Niemeyer

The name of this iconic chaise longue, designed by Oscar Niemeyer in collaboration with his daughter Anna Maria, is a tribute to their hometown Rio De Janeiro. The chair, with its soft yet clean lines, was created in the 1970s in materials highly innovative at the time: curved plywood veneered in open pore dyed ash, brass and leather. It is a timeless piece of furniture that celebrates the beauty of feminine forms and, of course, the city of Brazil.

Revolving bookshelf mod. Center of Claudio Salocchi

Claudio Salocchi was an architect, designer and professor at the Milan Polytechnic. He also won the Compasso d’Oro in 1979. One of his most interesting creations is, unquestionably, a series of revolving bookcases created in the 1960s for Sormani. The bookcases received a lot of attention for their rotating structures. At only 79 cm wide, they are suitable for smaller or slimmer spaces.

This one for sale at Della Rocca was created in 1960 and is made from enamelled and chromed metal and veneered lamellar lacquered wood.

Backlit mirror by Osvaldo Borsani

The designer Osvaldo Borsani and the artist Lucio Fontana were united by one great passion: light. Between 1940 and 1950 the two collaborated in several backlit sculptural projects. One of the results being this rare backlit mirror in carved lacquered and gilded wood and mirrored glass: an exquisite combination of technology and refinement.

Oval table-console by Angelo Mangiarotti

Angelo Mangiarotti was not only a designer and an architect, but also a sculptor – a passion that inevitably inevitably influenced his designs throughout his career.

We especially like his tables in marble and wood, made recognisable with their elephant legs and thin table tops. This table at Della Rocca was created together with Bernini in collaboration with Fonderia Battaglia around 1963.

Elda armchair by Joe Colombo

Though he tragically passing away at only 41 years, Joe Colombo nevertheless left a permanent mark on the history of design. Colombo created memorable furniture with futuristic and daring lines, using bold and innovative materials for the time. He named this armchair Elda as a tribute to his wife, to whom Joe gifted the 1963-designed chair.

The chair, made of printed plastic and vinyl, has not only been exhibited in important international museums, but it has also appeared in the movie franchise The Hunger Games.

Rangoon by Ettore Sottsass

Ettore Sottsass spent his entire career working tirelessly to bring the worlds of design and art together within his eclectic creations. One example of this is his collection of colorful ceramic totems, made especially for Olivetti, a company with which he collaborated for an extensive period.

Rangoon was produced in an edition of 20 by Bitossi in 1986. The totem has a base in plastic laminate with twelve layers of polychrome ceramic elements. This is undoubtedly a true work of art and design.

Be ready with your auction paddles on 19 and 20 September.

Find the entire Della Rocca catalogue here

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