Interior design buffs are readying to take off their gloves and duke it out when Trip Haenisch’s curated collection of personal pieces -- including his Memphis Design Group boxing ring installation -- go up for grabs through online auction place Paddle8 from March 19 through 27. The piece will be on preview March 19 and 20 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Melrose and Huntley, in the space formerly known as the Kreiss Collection Space.
“I love auctions and I love art,” said Haenisch. “A lot of times I buy things at auction with the hopes that I will eventually use it in a project, but it got to the point where I had two garages full of stuff.” As Haenisch -- who counts the likes of Courteney Cox and Hank Azaria amongst his high-profile clients -- readies to add a second floor to his home, he came to the conclusion that, “I just have to sell it as a collection and move on.”
Titled Design Odyssey, the collection boasts 90 lots, including pieces such as a Campana Brothers chair and a Piero Fornasetti daybed used in the past by Haenisch to stage homes. “My philosophy of design is you want your soft furniture to be inviting. I leave space for more collected things -- furniture as art,” he explained.
As to the famed boxing ring, purposed by Haenisch as a bed? “It does better in a bigger room and I really don’t have the room for it,” he said. “If I had a loft in New York, I would absolutely keep it. It’s amazing.”