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Thursday, December 3, 2020 at 6:00 PM CDT

Tradition & Innovation

Sale 5001 Lot 43

Martin Szekely (b. 1956) for Galerie Kreo
00 table
Paris, France, 2001
birch plywood
signed and numbered
number 5 from a limited edition of 8
141 1/4"w x 71 1/4"d x 29 1/4"h

Galerie Kreo, Paris, France

Ne plus dessiner, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France, 12 October 2011 through 02 January 2012

Construction — Martin Szekely, Musée des Arts decoratifs et du Design, Bordeaux, France, 26 April through 07 October 2018

Catalog Note:
Martin Szekely is a designer living and working in Paris who is best known for his large-scale commercial projects such as the iconic Perrier bottle. His limited-edition furniture designs, on the other hand, may be considered in an artistic category of their own. His work has been shown throughout the world and is included in the permanent collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Modern Art and the Cooper Hewitt Museum in New York City, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and elsewhere.

This 00 table is number five of eight from Galerie Kreo in Paris. It was conceived as an engineering challenge that would test the limits of a material, in this case, thick birch plywood. This form moves minimalism beyond the visual to the conceptual, leveraging a single large panel cut into planks and recomposed to obtain both the table top and peripherally attached bench seating, yielding a functional and monumental composition of space.

"Today my work appears to me as a subtraction from the expressionism of drawing. It is in my relationship to industrial design and its destination to the widest audience that this concept has emerged. My ambition is a thrifty result that cannot even be described as minimalist. A common place." — Martin Szekely

Estimate $15,000-25,000

Sold for $12,500