Fine Arts: Adam’s makes room for 20th-century design

One of two auctions this month featuring furniture from the 1900s, Adam’s showcases some stunning abstracts, slick seating and a leather kangaroo

Imperial Safari sofa, which features in the upcoming sale by Adam’s (€10,000-€15,000)

When de Veres held Ireland’s first ever mid-century design sale in 2015, eyebrows were raised. Could the arrestingly, clean lines of 20th-century Danish high style ever feel at home in an Irish Georgian drawing room?

The answer was a resounding thumbs-up. You can’t go wrong when design has a purpose, and the slogan of mid-century modern was ‘form follows function’. The Merrion Hotel had already demonstrated how successful the marriage of classical architecture and contemporary ...