Christies Hosts South African Designers at Auction
International art collectors were awarded an unusual opportunity to access collectible design pieces from Africa. For the first time in auctioneering history an all-inclusive collection from Africa was presented at Christies’ Design Auction in London. The exhibition ran from the 31st of October until the grand auction on the 3rd of November. During this time 14 exceptional pieces by 12 of South Africa’s top designers and design collaborations were displayed and auctioned. Ten of the 14 lots were successfully sold – some well over the reserve price.
Collaborating to developing African art
Christies is one of the most influential auction houses in the world with operations in over 30 countries and sales amounting to billions of dollars every year. Director of Design at Christies, Jeremy Morrison expressed excitement about an ongoing working relationship with Southern Guild. According to Morrison the South African design platform’s commitment to creating deeper appreciation for African art together with the striking and fresh designs, resonates with what their clients are looking for. Trevyn McGowan, co-founder of Southern Guild, said that the collaboration with Christies is a unique moment for the company. Trevyn and her partner Julian started Southern Guild to expand their business of showcasing and exporting South African design pieces internationally.
Excitement about future prospects
A relatively young company, Southern Guild has fast gained momentum since 2011, after its first exhibition abroad. Thus far every possible success has been achieved, especially during 2015. The gallery arranged GUILD, the only internationally known design fair in Africa, attended various high-end design fairs in Dubai and a phenomenal show in the US resulting in an exceptional response from Design Miami and a near sell-out show. Trevyn and Julian McGowan were also invited to visit Australia as keynote speakers at a prestigious symposium held in Victoria at the National Gallery. They hope that the company’s success will cement South Africa’s place alongside the best names in design across the globe.