Lawrence Laske at Wright: Design Studio & Collected Works
Before we began Sight Unseen five years ago, Monica and I worked for the beautiful but now-defunct design magazine I.D. And though we were helping to run one of the most venerable design publications in the country, in hindsight, we were mere babies in terms of our design education. Which is perhaps why, when we received an entry to our annual competition for a molded plastic beach chair by a designer named Larry Laske back in 2008, the name failed to ring a bell. But maybe it wasn’t purely our ignorance. After all, Laske is the classic case of a behind-the-scenes designer who ought to be much more famous than he is. The creative mind behind two classic pieces for Knoll in his own right (the ‘90s-era Toothpick and Saguaro tables), Laske also worked for years alongside Ettore Sottsass, and designed incredible prototypes with some of the world’s most famous designers: Ingo Maurer, Philippe Starck, and Matteo Thun, among them.
Next week at Wright, an online-only auction will be held to benefit Laske’s foundation, A Brain Tumor and A Dream. The auction consists of 187 lots, and it comprises one of the best and most inspiring auction catalogues we’ve ever seen. (Not technically an exhibition, we know, but so comprehensive it ought to be!) In it, Laske’s collection of drawings, sketchbooks, models, and prototypes mix with works by more than 100 other designers whom Laske met and collaborated with over the years: a Boym Partners centerpiece, a Sottsass telephone, and an Alessandro Mendini serigraph that we’re thisclose to putting an offer on. Happy bidding!
Lawrence Laske and Ettore Sottsass
Collection of four calculator drawings for Sottsass Associati
Elastico lamp and model
Lawrence Laske and Ingo Maurer
Testi table lamp archive
Collection of nine corkscrews
Lamp model and drawings for Memphis
USA, c. 1987
Michele De Lucchi
Model of House no. 255
Prototype table for ICFF
Nathalie du Pasquier
Brondi Telefonia S.p.A.
Drawing no. 4
Lighting model and drawings for Artemide
Beach thingy archive, patent, and tooling
Sbarra lamp and model