The Department that deals with design auctions was born from the twenty years experience of the experts of Cambi Auction House with the intent to propose to fans and collectors objects belonging to the sphere of modern and contemporary design. Since 2013, the year of the arrival of Piermaria Scagliola, the Department begins to propose half-yearly sales events dedicated exclusively to design, auctions that alternate between Genoa and Milan and that have consecrated Cambi Auction House as a leader in Italy for the design sector.
The design auctions offer a careful selection of rare or unpublished works, furniture and furnishings, lighting, glass, masterpieces signed by the most famous masters of Italian and international design. The boundaries of art, craftsmanship and design are blurred in the works proposed by the Department; that of design represents a category of art increasingly sought after and loved by younger people, struggling with cross collecting.

Among the names and brands of Italian and international design present in the auctions dedicated to design, we remember great designers such as Lucio Fontana, Fausto Melotti, Carlo Mollino, Franco Albini, Max Ingrand, Pietro Chiesa, Paolo Buffa, Carlo Scarpa, Gio Ponti, Gino Sarfatti, Ignazio Gardella, Carlo de Carli, Marco Zanuso, Dube, BBPR, Archizoom, Angelo Lelli, Gabriella Crespi, Osvaldo Borsani, Pietro Fornasetti, Alessandro Mendini, Luigi Caccia Dominioni, Afra e Tobia Scarpa, Ettore Sottsass, Ingo Mauer, Pierre Jeanneret and famous brands such as Stilnovo, Fontana Arte, Tecno, Arredoluce.
Italian design, in particular, is increasingly appreciated on the art market; this is witnessed by our auctions, increasingly followed by a prepared and demanding clientele. More and more sought after are the rare, unpublished or strange pieces, as well as timeless design works that are often included in our monographic sales.
The design objects that we propose combine the beauty and utility of use with an innate ability to excite, furniture and furnishings that tell in a unique way the style and inspiration, vision and life of those who conceived them. But not only that, the design leaves its mark thanks to the creative urgency and is often witness to the costumes of an era, the everyday life of the past.

Complex and simple in the same way, often experimental, the objects created by revolutionary architects, designers and designers of the twentieth century were spectators of the life of those who chose to surround themselves with art and design revolutionizing, today as yesterday, vision and style.
The Design Department boasts the world record as auctions of a work by Gio Ponti, with the sale of a pair of drawers that have totaled together the figure of € 681,500, from the rooms of Casa Lucano, called Casa di Fantasia, whose furnishings were auctioned in March 2019 in association with Phillips London.
In 2015 the previous record was set, also held by Cambi, for the award of a 1930 low table signed by Giò Ponti, sold for €387,000. Other important awards include works such as the wardrobe with wooden structure and brass details signed Osvaldo Borsani and Lucio Fontana sold for €162,600, a wardrobe made by Lucio Fontana and Osvaldo Borsani awarded €187,000 and the Bazaar sofa by Superstudio sold for €156,350.

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Department Auctions

The Best Awards

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) ed Edina Altara (1898-1983) Cassettone, 1951 circa
€ 385.940,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti
€ 382.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) ed Edina Altara (1898-1983) Cassettone, 1951 cir [..]
€ 288.500,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979), Piero Fornasetti (1913-1988), Edina Altara (189 [..]
€ 260.660,00
Amount including auction fees

Osvaldo Borsani e Lucio Fontana
€ 162.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Osvaldo Borsani e Lucio Fontana
€ 160.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Superstudio
€ 156.350,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Lampada da parete con Mano con decoro floreale, 1951 circa
€ 127.700,00
Amount including auction fees

Piero Fornasetti

Importante cassettone
€ 127.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Lucio Fontana e Osvaldo Borsani
€ 118.850,00
Amount including auction fees

Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) Gruppo di 285 piastrelle, 1951 circa
€ 116.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti
€ 112.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Max Ingrand
€ 106.350,00
Amount including auction fees

Lucio Fontana
€ 102.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Fausto Melotti (1901-1986) Cinque porta-sapone da parete, 1951 circa
€ 101.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti
€ 100.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti
€ 100.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Osvaldo Borsani e Lucio Fontana
€ 100.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Piero Fornasetti

Importante cassettone
€ 97.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Tavolo basso, 1951 circa
€ 94.350,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Grandi statuette di re e Regina, 1951 circa
€ 94.350,00
Amount including auction fees

Max Ingrand
€ 93.850,00
Amount including auction fees

Carlo Mollino
€ 92.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Franco Albini
€ 90.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Max Ingrand

Lampada a plafone mod. 2077
€ 90.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Lucio Fontana
€ 87.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Ingo Maurer
€ 82.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti
€ 81.350,00
Amount including auction fees

Max Ingrand

Lampada a sospensione mod. 2223
€ 81.350,00
Amount including auction fees

Piero Fornasetti
€ 80.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Cabinet a muro retro illuminato con Torre e Regi [..]
€ 79.850,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Tavolo da pranzo, 1951 circa
€ 79.850,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Mano con cuore, 1951 circa
€ 75.500,00
Amount including auction fees

Pietro Chiesa
€ 75.100,00
Amount including auction fees

BBPR
€ 75.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Max Ingrand

Lampada a plafone mod. 2077
€ 75.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gabriella Crespi
€ 70.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Set di maniglie per porte e finestre, 1951 circa
€ 69.700,00
Amount including auction fees

Gino Sarfatti
€ 68.850,00
Amount including auction fees

Archizoom
€ 68.850,00
Amount including auction fees

Piero Fornasetti
€ 65.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Fontana Arte
€ 65.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti (1891-1979) Tavolino da appoggio, 1951 circa
€ 63.900,00
Amount including auction fees

Pietro Chiesa
€ 62.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Pietro Chiesa (1892-1948)
€ 62.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Gio Ponti e Piero Fornasetti

Rara consolle
€ 62.600,00
Amount including auction fees

Max Ingrand
€ 60.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Gabriella Crespi
€ 60.100,00
Amount including auction fees

BBPR
€ 60.100,00
Amount including auction fees

Ettore Sottsass

Vaso della serie Lava
€ 60.100,00
Amount including auction fees
Wed, 17 Apr 2024 14:14:57 +0000
Romero Britto x Chiquita: Color, Happiness and Pop Culture at Cambi
On the occasion of Design Week 2024, Cambi Casa d'Aste is hosting in the spaces of Via San Marco 22, the Milan headquarters of the Maison, the event and installation of [..]
Fri, 05 Apr 2024 14:43:08 +0000
Gaetano Pesce: Master of Italian Design in the World
Gaetano Pesce was one of Italy's greatest multifaceted artists and designers; in particular, an exponent of radical design. A New Yorker by adoption, he provoked and revolutionized [..]
Wed, 20 Mar 2024 11:46:34 +0000
Angelo Morbelli’s Divisionism and Realism
Cambi Auction House's appointment dedicated to 19th- and 20th-century Paintings returns on March 28, 2024, with numerous new works of art. Among the most important authors [..]
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Piermaria Scagliola

Piermaria Scagliola

Direttore
Walter Mondavilli

Walter Mondavilli

Senior Specialist
Sirio Candeloro

Sirio Candeloro

Specialist

Umberto Morgagni

Assistente
Chiara delle Vergini

Chiara delle Vergini

Assistente Milano