Mid-Century Modern at LAMA Auction House, Van Nuys

Los Angeles Modern Auctions in Van Nuys has a stellar reputation for acquiring first-rate material and putting it on the block. Their particular specialty is design, furniture and fine art with a distinct mid-century modern feel and provenance.

Installation View of the LAMA Showrooms, February 18th, 2014

This Thursday, Friday and Saturday the 20th, 21st and 22nd of February respectively affords Angelinos an uncommon pleasure to preview a sale that will happen Sunday February 23rd, 2014.

Installation View of the LAMA Showrooms, February 18th, 2014

The most distinctive aspect to any LAMA offering is how wonderfully effortless the coexistence of fine art and fine design is made. It is, one is reminded, the same sophisticated clientele who appreciate both areas of aesthetic investigation and adornment. So Eames lounge chairs (Lot #105-107) harmonize with a Calder Gouache (Lot #136.) Nakashima Daybeds (Lot #262) dialogue with a James Weeks portrait (Lot #284.) And several George Nelson clocks seem to giggle and trade secrets with a Niki Saint de Phalle figurine/vase (Lot #335.) If you are unfamiliar with any of these names, the atmosphere is welcoming and educational. If you’re a fan of each of the aforementioned masters, the atmosphere is that of a kid in a candy store.

Installation View of the LAMA Showrooms, February 18th, 2014

Indeed walking into the showroom in the rather non-descript section of industrial Van Nuys is like stepping out of suburbia and into art fair chic. The art is hung salon style and while one suspects that there is a hint of curatorial placement, it could be kismet that a Donald Sultan Poppy print (Lot #187) echoes four flowers by Andy Warhol (Lot #175.) Intentional or not, the effect is mesmerizing.

Installation View of the LAMA Showrooms, February 18th, 2014

When all is said and done, there is a warm glow of appreciation in the air. Some of this is director Peter Loughrey’s discerning eye at work. But the lion’s share of this warmth is the knowledge that these pieces were all lived with and loved well enough to preserve. Additional warmth is felt that these diverse objects will continue to be lived with and loved by their next owners.

 

-Mario M. Muller, Los Angeles, February 2014

 

also by Mario M. Muller

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