LAMA presents our inaugural Design auction on November 17th. This dedicated auction event celebrates an area of collecting that has been at the core of our business since our founding in 1992 and honors The Peter Loughrey Collection. Highlights include a compelling blend of Italian and American design including works by Gio Ponti and Paolo de Poli, Gaetano Pesce, Piero Fornasetti, William 'Billy' Haines, Sam Maloof, George Nakashima, and Richard Neutra.

Selections from the Collection of Peter Loughrey

Birth of the Modern

Peter Loughrey was a talented pioneer motivated by a restless enthusiasm, crucially driven by the willingness to communicate, to share and to discover. An intuitive feel for the burgeoning interest in post-war design led Peter to establish the nascent LA Modern Auctions in 1992 — soon to evolve into the very first dedicated auction platform of its type. Although the initial turnover those first years was modest, LAMA’s impact and resonance was to spearhead a new era of collecting. With these auctions Peter, together with his wife and co-director Shannon, swiftly developed an interactive platform for what was evolving as an increasingly globalised tide of enthusiasts, dealers, curators and collectors. His auctions became a raison d’être, justification to what many of us were at the time tentatively yet willingly exploring. Here, in these auctions, post-war design was spot-lit centre stage, and celebrated as a movement in its own right.


Auction / Los Angeles
17 November 2022
11 am pacific

Preview / Los Angeles
10 – 17 November 2022
11 am  – 4 pm, Mon – Fri
or by appointment

Additional Information
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