August 27, 2015

Murray Moss and Paddle8 Come Together for Auction


From August 26 through September 9, auction house Paddle8 is auctioning off an edited selection of furniture, design pieces, and other objects curated by acclaimed design entrepreneur and collector Murray Moss. Moss, who owns and operates Moss Bureau, a design consulting firm, has been a force within the design industry for decades, most notably running Moss, a now shuddered design shop in New York City’s SoHo neighborhood, often considered to be one of the best design shops in the world.

For the “Iconic Design from the Moss Archive” online auction, Moss has curated a selection of 66 items, giving the public a rare glimpse of a collection of pieces that he’s amassed throughout his career.

“Murray Moss has always been ahead of the curve,” says Jason Stein, senior design specialist at Paddle8. “Back when he ran Moss, it was like going to a museum exhibition. Everything was so beautifully curated, it was really a feast for the eyes.”

Items that will be up for bid include a set of six enamel tumblers by designer Peter Rath by LOBMEYR, a porcelain snail-shaped bowl by Ted Muehling, a black-and-white zig-zag rug by Vera Iachia, and a “Superarchimoon” floor lamp by Philippe Starck. Many of the designers whose pieces will be featured in the auction have had other works on display at museums like Cooper Hewitt, the Guggenheim, and MoMA.

“[One piece in particular that stands out is] a golden still-life pitcher by Studio Job,” Stein says. “It’s 24-karat gold and has butterflies all over it. It’s a special edition and one of only eight ever made.”

The last time Moss offered pieces of his collection up for auction was in 2012 with PHILLIPS Auction House in New York City.

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