Rare $100,000 collection up for grabs

Fashion designer Paul Howie has sold his south coast retreat for $2.4 million, now he's flogging what was inside.

by Lucy Macken | Sydney Morning Herald | Domain Prestige Property | 22 July 2014


Paul Howie has sold his home at Foxground near Berry for $2.4 million.

A rare collection of 21st century iconic designer pieces are up for grabs following the sale of the south coast residence Howie House.

Charles Eames, Phillips Starck, Arne Jacobsen, Marc Newson, Grant Featherston and Alvar Allto are a few of the international names in the line-up, which have been collected over the years by London-based expat fashion designer Paul Howie and his wife and fellow designer Chrissie.

The original museum-quality pieces are being showcased in an annex next to the replica store Matt Blatt on Oxford Street, Paddington, ahead of their auction on July 30.


The contents of the home are expected to sell for more than $100,000 at auction.

"We've rented the space on purpose to show younger buyers that these museum-quality pieces exist," said Andrew Shapiro, of Shapiro Auctions. "It's a lovely juxtaposition between the original classics and the copies next door."

The collection is on display at a pop-up store on Paddington's Oxford Street until July 30 when it goes to auction through Shapiro.

The Howies are selling the contents following the sale last month of their retreat in Foxground, near Berry. The property's sale price remains undisclosed by Nicholas Lyell, of Elders Berry, but it was last listed for offers of $2.4 million-plus and sold for more than that.

The couple commissioned the pavilion-style Howie House from architecture firm Studio Internationale, and built in 2004 following their purchase of the 24 hectares four years earlier for $385,000.

The design aficionados clearly have an eye for original masterpieces. Images of the residence show some of the collection's standout museum pieces, such as the Arne Jacobsen red wool Egg Chair, Charles and Ray Eames fibre glass lounge "La Chaise", the Alvar Aalto Zebra cantilevered armchair, and the painting by Aboriginal artist Dorothy Napangardi called Women Dreaming.

The collection is on display at 400 Oxford Street Paddington from Saturday until July 30 from 11am to 5pm.

howie chair

Arne Jacobsen - Egg Chair and Footstool, designed 1964. Estimate $5,000-$7,000

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