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WALL MOUNTED BOOKSHELVES

FREDERICK KIESLER


They don't make them like Frederick Kiesler anymore. Kiesler studied at the Technische Universit√§t Wien and the Akademie der bildenden K√ľnste Wien during the golden age of Austrian design, received commissions from Joseph Hoffman, collaborated with Adolf Loos, was a member of the De Stijl group, worked on the era-defining Ballet Mechanique with Leger and Man Ray, exhibited work with MoMA, Sidney Janis, and Leo Castelli, and became a director in the Department of Architecture at Columbia University (despite dropping out of architecture school decades earlier). This is just a small sampling of his accomplishments. He also designed furniture. Most of it was experimental, but this wall mounted bookcase, designed in 1935, is fully functional- and it predates many similar designs by decades. Collectors know a good thing when they see it, and this rarity sold for double its estimate at Sotheby's last year.

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