Top 10 Highest Priced Pieces Of Furniture In The World
By Louise Garay
The home is only as beautiful as its interior, which is to say that it is never fully complete without good, quality furniture. While the house is responsible for the foundation and layout of the space, what makes it truly special is the furniture that’s peppered all throughout the home. After all, carefully choosing pieces that will go with every room is akin to curating a museum – each piece must be perfect.
Furniture can make or break just about any space. Apart from taking your personality and style into consideration, a good rule of thumb would be opting for pieces that are timeless yet functional, so they last until the end of time. Of course, having one or two conversation pieces will also be great to have in your home, especially when you’re expecting guests.
While you may not be above investing in strong, durable, and quality pieces, there needs to be a fine line between what’s essential and over the top. Want to know what outrageously priced furniture made the cut and made it into people’s homes? Take a look below.
10. Pininfarina’s Ares Line Xten Office Chair
Price: $1.5 million
Reportedly designed for CEOs in the Middle Eastern luxury market, this Italian design firm is certainly taking opulence – and comfort – to new heights. More popular for their car projects and partnerships with Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati GranTurismo, Pininfarina takes ergonomic design and sleek materials and channels them into a highly advanced creation, similar to approaches applied to premium vehicles.
Using Technogel for comfortable seating and Dynatec material, this chair claims to significantly reduce stress and back pain. And it should – with it being valued at a whopping $1.5 million.
9. Ruijssenaars Magnetic Floating Bed
Price: $1.6 million
You might have heard of a waterbed or even an air bed, but certainly, not one that’s floating, and definitely not one that uses magnets. Inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film, A Space Odyssey, Janjaap Ruijssenaars fashioned a magnetic-floating bed by pushing two huge magnetic slabs together.
Apart from the magnets holding the bed together, you might be interested to know that the Dutch architect Ruijssenaars himself worked on this masterpiece for six years. Can’t afford to shell out $1.6 million? You might have better luck buying the more ‘affordable’ version at $146,000. The catch? The bed is also 1/5 of the original size.
8. Marc Newson’s Lockheed Lounge
Price: $3.7 million
In April 2015, Philips sold a Marc Newson Lockheed Lounge creation for 2.4 million pounds, or roughly $3.7 million. Apart from the time and craftsmanship that goes into this piece, the price of Newson’s work also factors in the chair’s rarity, design, and even cultural significance, says Sotheby’s. Fun fact: this made its way into a Madonna music video called Rain.
Made out of riveted aluminum and fiberglass, this chaise was sold to an anonymous buyer. The form was inspired by the designer’s earlier creations, with the end goal of creating a futuristic-looking chair that appeared fluid similar to that of mercury.
7. George II Parcel-Gilt Padauk Cabinet
Price: $3.9 million
Christie’s sold this gem in 2008 for $3.9 million. Crafted by renowned designer Thomas Chippendale, this piece primarily went for such a large amount because of the designer’s prominence.
A closer look and you will see intricate details lining the cabinet, snaking all down to the legs. Considered as the height of 18 century, Georgian furniture remains to be one of the most cherished items today, particularly for its exceptional quality.
6. Tufft Table
Price: $4.6 million
Named after Thomas Tufft, this table is made from hand-carved mahogany. It also features an intricately designed fretwork apron together with a delicate C scroll adorning the table. The table also features ball-and-claw feet.
Because of Tufft’s prominence during the 18th century, he became one of Philadelphia’s most well-known designers and cabinetmakers. This specific creation of his is dubbed as one of the most expensive tables ever sold.
5. Harrington Commode
Price: $5 million
The Harrington Commode surpassed a Thomas Chippendale creation, the George II Parcel-Gift Padauk Cabinet, making this the most expensive English furniture ever sold in history, says the Times of Malta.
Fashioned out of mahogany, this ornate chest of drawers sold for more than three times its estimated value. Five bidders were reportedly after this, showing that they were not only after excellence and quality but also a piece of history.
4. Givenchy Royal Hanover German Chandelier
Price: $9 million
Designed in 1736 by William Kent, this Givenchy is the most expensive chandelier ever sold at an auction. Crafted by Balthasar Friedrich Behrens, this light-giving creation houses eight holders that can surely brighten up any room. The piece was previously owned by Hubert de Givenchy, the owner of the fashion design powerhouse, Givenchy.
3. Goddard and Townsend Antique Secretary Desk
Price: $12.1 million
Dubbed as the Van Gogh of Mahogany, John Goddard made a magnificent bookcase desk for John Nicholas Brown. Together with renowned cabinetmakers, the Townsends, the golden age of furniture was undoubtedly born.
Fashioned from traditional means of wood making, the secretary desk was made almost entirely with chisels and other age-old tools. The ornamental desk-bookcase, now called a secretary, stands at roughly 10 feet high.
2. Dragon Chair
Price: $28.3 million
Designed by Irishwoman, Eileen Gray, this dragon chair was aptly named as such because of the sculptures adorning the armrest of the chair. Created between the years of 1917 and 1919, the chair was finished with lacquer, a signature material used by the designer.
Once owned by Yves Saint Laurent, The Telegraph says this was the most expensive piece of 20th-century furniture to be sold in history. The piece was said to be largely inspired by Chinese iconography, with the dragons serving as guardians and the pearl as a sign of strength. Fitting enough for the Mother of Dragons? We think so, too.
1. Badminton Cabinet
Price: $36.7 million
The piece de resistance? This badminton cabinet sold in 2004. What makes this cabinet so special, so unique is its jewel-laden design. Some stones inlaid in this creation are amethyst quartz, agate, and lapis lazuli, among others.
The cabinet’s intricate design required the collaboration of thirty designers in total over the course of six years. The name was also inspired by Badminton, Gloucestershire.
Thinking of investing in some nice furniture? Take inspiration from these and you’re sure to find something that fits well into your home’s aesthetic – but at a price. Would you like to have any of these pieces in your home?
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