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Neon Sculpture Cocktail Table by Rudi Stern for Let There Be Neon, circa 1976

$17,000

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*NOTE* This is on sale during our current move. We are moving one of our locations so this item is on deep discount for a limited time. An incredibly rare find, this highly collectible neon sculpture by Rudi Stern is also a functional object - as a large coffee table or cocktail table. Stern founded the New York Studio and gallery 'Let There Be Neon' in 1972 and was instrumental in the proliferation of neon as an artform in the 1970s and 1980s, executing commissions for such artists as Nam June Paik, Chryssa, Laurie Anderson, Jeff Koons, Robert Rauschenberg and Keith Haring. Most famously he is known for his neon work which was commissioned for the infamous night time hot spot Studio 54, which this table possibly belonged to as he did not produce many furniture pieces in regular production. Later, after his death in 2006 this particular table emerged into the market to benefit his widow and now we have it offered here on 1stDibs. This coffee table consists of an illuminating sculpture set into a plexi box constructed of opaque walls and base with a clear thick glass surface where the sculpture can be clearly viewed. Four suspended rings encircle one another in the depths on the box starting with the largest at the top which leads down to the smallest closest to the base. When plugged in the rings are vivid electric blue, yellow, red and coral. By turning the room lights off the neon rings reflect from the black walls of plexi box as they are mirror cladded. This illusion creates multiple ring forms, which from the corner you can see as many as four, producing a mesmerizing effect. The original sticker partially remains from Stern's studio and can be found on one side of the box. This extraordinary piece would be a showstopper in any space. Consider it for an art studio or gallery, for an executive office or creative space, for a home looking for a daring stand-out piece, or high-end boutique looking to draw clients in. Considering pairing with our Steve Chase sofas, daybeds, or chaise lounges that also light up underneath. Would create a spectacular electrified ambiance. Measurements: 15" H x 40" W x 40" D Excellent original vintage condition. Signs of scuffs and light scratches evenly throughout however does not detract from the art piece. Crack to acrylic on one corner approx 4" but is stable and difficult to see. Excellent working condition and ready for immediate use.

Details

  • Creator
    Rudi Stern (Maker),Let There Be Neon (Retailer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15 in. (38.1 cm)Width: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Depth: 40 in. (101.6 cm)
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1976
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Excellent original vintage condition. Signs of scuffs and light scratches evenly throughout however does not detract from the art piece.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU133029013281

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    Ships From: Los Angeles, CA
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Automaton is the premier source for early-production originals of hard-to-find 20th-century designs and functional art, serving a range of clients, from celebrities and interior designers to aficionados with modest budgets. Its 20,000-square-foot Los Angeles space is packed with rare examples of designs from a large repertoire of such designers as Philip and Kelvin LaVerne, Vladimir Kagan, Eero Saarinen, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Jorge Zalszupin, Sergio Rodrigues and Giuseppe Scapinelli.

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