Home Office from The Future Past: Maurice-Claude Vidili’s Sphère D’isolation, Model No. S2

This iconic and multifunctional piece emblematic of futuristic 1970s design presents with a solid white shell within which two benches and a shelving unit are incorporated. When seen in person, the lighting system presents with a slightly cooler, whiter light than pictured in the catalogue photography.

The painted steel surfaces present with surface and textural irregularities throughout which are inherent to production. The outer surface has been sensitively repainted to reproduce the original droplet-like surface. The sphere’s exterior with occasional and very minor instances of discoloration, flecks to the paint and light indentations. The sphere was originally conceived with a door which was removed at some point in the history of the piece.

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This iconic and multifunctional piece emblematic of futuristic 1970s design presents with a solid white shell within which two benches and a shelving unit are incorporated. When seen in person, the lighting system presents with a slightly cooler, whiter light than pictured in the catalogue photography. The painted steel surfaces present with surface and textural irregularities throughout which are inherent to production. The outer surface has been sensitively repainted to reproduce the original droplet-like surface. The sphere’s exterior with occasional and very minor instances of discoloration, flecks to the paint and light indentations. The sphere was originally conceived with a door which was removed at some point in the history of the piece.

As seen in the catalogue photography, the sphere includes a transparent polyresin window, which can be adjusted using a later hinge in working condition. The cushions have been replaced in a manner which is consistent with the originals, and present with two instances of faint black paint marks to the surface. Protective rubber strips cover the edges of the shelving units and are stable overall and present with inherent surface irregularities. The diffusing polyester floor piece has been sensitively replaced and is clean and stable. A later system of LED strips is included and installed at the bottom of the piece under the polyester flooring, as well as inside the shelving units. The portable table lamp (Vico Magistretti’s “Eclisse” table lamp designed in 1966) with very small flecks to the white paint and one dimple to the shade. One bulb is provided.

The original Blaupunkt radio has been replaced by a stereo system which is Bluetooth-operated and can be controlled with a smartphone. The stereo system together with an adjustable microphone. The electric installation of the piece made to support 220 volts. For additional information on its function and usage as well as a full list of the provided equipment, please consult the cataloguing and footnote for this lot. Sotheby’s does not guarantee electrical equipment including HI-FI and bluetooth components and recommends having all wiring inspected by a licensed electrician.

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