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    Sale 5040

    Modernism from a California Collection

    18 November 2007, London, South Kensington

  • Lot 310



    Price Realised  


    late 1960s, aluminium, together with exhibition brochure
    24½ in. (62.5 cm.) x 24½ in. (62.5 cm.) x 6 in. (15 cm.)

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    Trained as a machinist's apprentice before receiving a degree in mechanical engineering at Yale University (1930), Prestini subsequently studied under Laszlo Moholy-Nagy at the Chicago Institute of Design, and was himself a tutor there between 1939 and 1946. Although Prestini spent much of his professional career as a research engineer specialising in construction materials, from the early 1930s onwards he experimented with wood turning, producing platters and bowls that attracted the attention of curators and craft connoisseurs. In 1949 he was part of the team that won the MoMA competition for 'Low Cost Furniture' with a design for a jointless chair. In 1956 Prestini joined the faculty of the University of California, Berkeley, as a professor of architecture.

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    James Prestini, March 23 - April 17 1971, Staempfli, New York