Murray Moss’ Personal Design and Art Collection Is Auctioned in New York

Alessandro Ciffo, Unique Jason armchair, from the Iperbolica series (2008). Silicone.

Today, Phillips de Pury & Company in New York is auctioning off items from the personal collection of design legends Murray Moss and Franklin Getchell, founders of New York’s seminal Moss boutique. Since its founding in 1994, Moss served as a virtual retail museum and laboratory, showcasing the world’s most extraordinary furniture and objects. Last February, however, the pair decided to close the SoHo spot and embark on a new chapter: Through a fresh company, Moss Bureau, they will broaden their mission through design consulting and advisory services, as well as representing and showing a rarefied set of artists.

The auction, curated by Moss himself in association with ArtAssure, reflects his unique aesthetic, which juxtaposes art and design in a seamless yet revolutionary way. Pieces by such contemporary masters as Maarten Baas, Studio Job, Marcel Wanders and the Campana brothers will appear alongside paintings and sculpture by Frank Stella, Louise Nevelson, Alberto Giacometti and George Condo, among others. Mid-century icons such as Gio Ponti and Leo Amino are also represented.

Left and center: Luc Merx, Damned.MGX (2007). Selective laser sintering 3-D printed nylon. Right (the painting that inspired it): Francesco Conti, Martyrdom of St. Lawrence (first half 18th century). Oil on canvas.


Here and below: Kelly McCallum, Ascension (2012). Taxidermied emu, gold-plated insects.

Maarten Bass, Clay stool (2007). Painted synthetic clay, wool felt.

Studio Job, Robber Baron floor lamp (2007). Polished and painted bronze.

Marc Fornes, Coracae screen (2012). Painted aluminum.