Wright Auctions presents The Four Seasons, a special auction featuring the furniture and designed tableware and objects from the iconic restaurant’s historic interior. The event will take place at The Four Seasons in New York on July 26, 2016.
Designed in 1959 by Philip Johnson for Mies van der Rohe’s landmark Seagram building on Park Avenue in Manhattan, The Four Seasons has become one of the most important and recognizable International Style interior spaces in the world. On July 16th, The Four Seasons is closing its present location in order to open in a newly designed location thus beginning a new chapter for the legendary restaurant.
While the interior space is landmarked – the famous bar, sculpture and curtains will all remain intact – the designed furniture, tableware and objects will be offered at auction in the extraordinary one day event to take place in the original interior. Featuring approximately 500 lots, the sale will include works by Mies van der Rohe and Hans Wegner as well as custom designs by Philip Johnson and special-ordered Knoll furniture. The tableware and cookware designed by L. Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable will also be offered.
Wright will publish a special catalog documenting the history of this seminal interior with additional information available online in the coming weeks.
It was recently brought to my attention of a new online market place, The Highboy. They have a nicely curated selection of antiques, fine art, vintage furnishings and design objects, all from trusted and reputable dealers in the industry.
Hauser Wirth & Schimmel opened in downtown LA this last weekend. The inaugural show “Revolution in the Making, Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016,” features almost a hundred works ranging from pioneering female artists.
Watch curator Paul Schimmel discuss LA’s new art space.
There are several art fairs going on in and around LA this weekend. Most started earlier in the week, but you still have time to hit a bunch of them before they end.
Yesterday I checked out Art Los Angeles Contemporary at Barker Hanger in Santa Monica. I was amused by this Brian Bress video installation shown above and wanted to share with you. I have my other highlights from the show featured on my instagram here.
James Welling “7690” 42″ x 63″, 2015 Inkjet print on rag paper Courtesy of the artist and Regen Projects
Going on now thru January 24th, the international photographic art exposition – photo l.a. – celebrates its 25th anniversary at The REEF, located in the historic LA Mart building in Downtown Los Angeles.
photo l.a. has a long and rich history of bringing the photographic and arts communities together. Each year they expand their uniquely diverse showcase of photographic art, ranging from 19th Century works to contemporary and innovative photo-based art. Galleries, dealers, museums, schools, and non-profit organizations participate to define what photography has been, what it is today, and what it might evolve into. To foster a dialogue they curate and present our acclaimed programming, which includes lectures, roundtable discussions, special installations, and docent tours with distinguished members of the photography/arts community.
BILLINGS LA Auction House is a curated live auction and design community-inspired happening at the Great Company, at 1917 Bay Street. The auction house was recently established in the heart of Los Angeles’ evolving arts district to provide affordable access to quality vintage modern furnishings, art, objects and accessories. Offering rare and noteworthy pieces at low to no reserve, with estimates ranging from $100 to $5,000, its curated cross-section covers the pedigreed to the anonymous, and the classic to the unusual. Co-founded by four highly respected Los Angeles dealers and gallerists, BILLINGS has amassed a collection of a hundred years of North American and international design and decorative arts from the 20th to early 21st centuries, placing an emphasis on mid-century modern selections and pieces from the 60’s and 70’s. December 12th auction is open to the public and will offer live entertainment, featuring music, and food trucks. Lot Previews will take place at BILLINGS’ 1919 Bay Street location from Dec 6 to Dec 12, from 10am-4pm. The option to participate remotely online and place absentee bids is available via LiveAuctioneers.com.
Just this month, Julian Lombrail opened his 3rd outpost of Carpenters Workshop in a penthouse on the 5th Avenue in New York City. Located between the new flagship store of Microsoft and Peter Marinos glass palace for Louis Vuitton at the 57th Street hovers the duplex apartment, where the Carpenters Workshop has established as a meditation room for art and design high above the hustle and bustle of shopping. ~ ad-magazin.de “I wanted to be accessible for clients such as Peter Marino, Juan Pablo Molyneux and Robert Couturier easily,” says Lombrail .
WestEdge™Design Fair at The Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, features the latest products from leading & emerging design brands. Today is the last day and you have a chance to sit in on the following talks:
11:30-12:30 PM – Coastal Chic- Creating the Perfect Beach Sanctuary with Betsy Burnham, Burnham Design; Doug Burdge, Burdge & Associates Architects; and David Charvet, Jones Builders Group.
1:00-2:00 PM – Hollywood in Your Own Home–Set Decorator Secrets featuring Featuring: Don Diers, Beauchamp Fontaine, Jan Pascale, Halina Siwolop, and Bryan John Venegas, SDSA Members
2:30-3:30 PM – Modernism in Palm Springs featuring Lori Dennis, Lori Dennis Design; Kelli Ellis, HGTV, Hulu, TLC, Bravo; Christopher Kennedy, Christopher Kennedy Inc.
There’s a new book on my radar and I want to share it with you. “This is the House That Jack Built” named from the nursery rhyme, gives us a look at the contemporary art and design collection of the very private art collector, Maja Hoffmann. Art directed by Beda Achermann and photographed by François Halard, both have created images of Hoffman’s collection located in her homes in tight vignettes with text of the nursery rhyme woven throughout the book.
“This Is The House That Jack Built” plays down Hoffmann’s actual houses while (like the nursery rhyme) conveying the centrality of the idea of home, yet one is struck by the breathtakingly original interiors furnished with the best examples of 20th-century design. Hoffmann’s eye for architecture and furniture is as discerning as it is for paintings, and she manages to create spaces where the art, despite its importance, doesn’t overshadow the life of a room. ~T Magazine
In case you noticed, I’ve been MIA on Design*ByProxy, pretty much the whole summer. Well, I’m back now and I’m want to play a little catch up. It’s been a summer of music festivals, traveling in Europe, and a few unfortunate events that had to do with the family pets.
Before I went MIA I did attend a few events. One was a cocktail party in celebration of The Elder Statesman and The Webster Miami’s T-shirt collaboration. The Elder Statesman is a Los Angeles based luxury lifestyle label founded in 2007 by Greg Chait. Specializing in high end cashmere goods, Greg’s line includes items for men, women, kids, accessories and items for the home like blankets and pillows.