PRINT October 1986


antiques regain their youth.

AN IMPORTANT ITALIAN AUCTION this fall features, at very high prices, furniture and objects designed by 21 contemporary designers and architects, including Emilio Ambasz, Gae Aulenti, Mario Botta, Peter Eisenman, Hans Hollein, Rafael Moneo, SITE, Ettore Sottsass, and Robert Venturi, among others. All these pieces were shown in the 1985 Milan Triennale, in a section of the show titled “Le affinità elettive” (Elective affinities). Highly crafted, mostly in wood, the works are among the most perfectly realized exemplars of post- and neomodern currents. Originally, they were slated to proceed from the Triennale to a museum collection; instead, they went to sale. A phenomenon as flashily realized as this auction gives rise to certain observations about the nature of design values today. They are becoming increasingly transient. The rate at which they succeed each other has become so vertiginous

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