The auction of items from Takada’s apartment is a rare opportunity to capture the style of the great designer.

The auction of items from Takada’s apartment is a rare opportunity to capture the style of the great designer.

One of the most eagerly awaited art auctions of the year is happening on May 11, which will offer the sale of furniture from the personal collection of Kenzo Takada, the legendary Japanese designer and icon of Paris fashion. Items from the décor of his Paris apartment, where he lived for the final 15 years of his life in the famous Saint Germain quarter, reflect the creativity, interests and influences of this global citizen.

Administered by Artcurial, in collaboration with Christie’s and held in his Parisian apartment, noteworthy items in the auction include a large wooden Hinoki horse from the Han period, a Buddha torso dating from the third century and a Pleyel grand piano designed by Jacques- Emile Ruhlmann. The lighting on offer includes a spectacular crystal chandelier that hung in Takada’s living room, part of the nearly 600 total lots available for bidding.

Another highlight is the series of 13 photographs by William Eggleston, as well as collections revealing the diversity of styles appreciated by Takada. There are some 60 lots of tableware, and, in addition to his own glassware and porcelain creations, there is a selection of Japanese stoneware.

Collectors will also have the opportunity to discover the talents of Takada, the artist, with several of his paintings on offer, plus a separate “Online Only” sale will include more than 100 creations from his multicoloured and original wardrobe pieces.

Kenzo Takada is well-known as the first Japanese designer to achieve success in the world of Paris fashion. Moving to the city in 1965, he had his first Paris fashion show in 1970 and was immediately acclaimed a visionary designer. During the first 12 months of his business, he designed not two but four collections in a single year. Takada passed away in Paris in October 2020.

For more information on this rare auction opportunity for enthusiasts and collectors to rediscover the quintessential designer’s eclectic and stylish universe, as well as a lifetime dedicated to fashion, art and culture, visit

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