When Southern Guild represented South Africa as the featured country in the annual design auction at Christie’s, Piccadilly 18 months ago, record prices were achieved for 11 of the 14 works sold, with Porky Hefer’s Appropriated Objects – Chair and Stool – selling for close to four times the estimate price. This April, Christie’s and Southern Guild will collaborate again, at the revered auction house’s South Kensington site, and the South African collectible design gallery will present double the number of works, with new names added to the curated group representing the country’s top designers.


Southern Guild’s 25 lots for the First Open, South Kensington, Post- War and Contemporary Art auction include pieces by 18 of the most important design voices in South Africa, including Porky Hefer, David Krynauw and Dokter and Misses, all recognised for creating a new vernacular within the global collectible design landscape.

The exhibition preceding the auction at Christie’s, titled Contemporary Living: Art, Craft & Design, will present works of art by contemporary artists, together with pieces from British gallery The New Craftsmen, rec ognised for its contemporary objects rooted in artistry and narrative, showcased alongside the Southern Guild offering, melding diverse talents, items and viewpoints in a dynamic and stimulating mix.

Zoe Klemme, Christie’s Head of First Open in London, and Christie’s Design Specialist Raffaella Goffredi, comment: “Southern Guild, the pre-eminent design gallery in Africa, represents a growing stable of designers whose work is fresh and bold, with global appeal. The Contemporary Living exhibition celebrates and explores the dialogue between contemporary art, design and crafts, and is a new platform for promoting emerging talent.”

“Southern Guild pieces have a special appeal for young collectors,” explains Southern Guild co-founder Trevyn McGowan. “They are imbued with a strong ethos linked to hand production.”

She talks of how many of the designers are also the makers, allowing the work to be entrenched with their personas.

The exhibition design will change across four days through a series on interventions, generating new visual vignettes and creating an experience that encourages the audience to make connections.

“Southern Guild’s furniture, lighting and objects off er the opportunity for an intrinsic connection with Africa,” explains Trevyn.

Iconic pieces that will go on auction include Charles Haupt’s Num Num Tables, Conrad Hicks’ Copper Chaise, David Krynauw’s Haywire Chandelier, Dokter and Misses’ Kassena Isibheqe, John Murray and Paco Pakdoust’s rug collaboration titled Oust and Meyer von Wielligh’s Leaf Sideboard .

Contemporary Living: Art, Craft & Design can be previewed at Christie’s, South Kensington April 1-4, with the auction taking place on April 5.


Contemporary Living

_ Art, Craft & Design can be previewedat Christie’s, South Kensington April 1-4, with the auction taking place on April 5.

_ Trevyn McGowan will participate in a panel discussion on April 3 at Christie’s and Stanislaw Trzebinski will be giving an insight to his working processes on April 4 at Christie’s Lates.