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On May 3 the auctioneers are offering more than 500 lots of 20th century design and applied arts in their London, Olympia rooms. The applied arts range widely across tried and tested areas: arts and crafts furniture, Deco bronzes, art glass and art pottery including a collection of Pilkington’s Lancastrian lustred ceramics. But a central focus of the 20th century design element is a 26-lot collection of Sixties furniture from the London flat of Dave Stewart, best known as one half of the pop group Eurythmics.

As can be seen in the illustration right, Stewart’s collection typifies the main features of Sixties design: soft moulded forms in plastic and foam with brightly coloured finishes.

Roberto Sebastian Matta’s seating tower, various Egg chairs by Peter Ghyczy and stools by Joe Colombo all feature but the highlight is a suite of red upholstered Djinn seating. The Djinn range, designed in the mid-’60s by Olivier Morgue, owes its iconic status to its appearance in the sets of Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. Stewart’s suite, comprising a chaise longue two sofas and two chairs, is expected to fetch between £3000 and £5000.