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.
~images via wright20.com
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.
Shown above personally selected from The Highboy: Vintage Chinese Black Lacquer Console Table, “Visage Brun-Bleu” by Pablo Picasso, White Earthenware Clay with Englobes Decoration, 1947, Pair of Mid-Century Art Pottery Vases by Eduardo Vega, Pair of Murano Glass Sconces, Loewe Black Alligator Briefcase.
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.
Dwell on Design Los Angeles, curated by the editors of Dwell magazine, returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center May 29-31, 2015. With three full days of dynamic exhibitions, unparalleled educational opportunities, cutting-edge technologies, 90 onstage programs, 250+ speakers, and more than 2,000 innovative modern furnishings and products, Dwell on Design Los Angeles is America’s largest design event.
More information here.
In April, Wright opens Blackman Cruz, a special exhibition and auction featuring alluring and exquisite works selected by the renowned dealers. This unprecedented and creative auction collaboration is composed of a wide-ranging selection of furniture, design and objects including everything from antiques to Blackman Cruz’s own contemporary productions. Highlights from the collection include a granite Sphinx by the sculptor David Edstrom that exhibited at the Panama Pacific Exposition of San Francisco in 1915 and a pair of gnarled wood and root lounge chairs from Al Capone’s hideout in Wisconsin. This compelling sale also features a 1951 Bianchi Motorcycle and an iron studded two-door safe displayed alongside a pair of custom club chairs by Arturo Pani and candlesticks by Frank Lloyd Wright. In dramatic exhibitions designed by Adam Blackman and David Cruz, these items and many other fascinating works will be on view in New York and Los Angeles.
The exhibition at Wright’s New York gallery opens April 3rd with the concurrent Los Angeles exhibition at Blackman Cruz opening April 10th.~wright20
My favorite picks are below. View lots here.
Check out one of my favorites: Architect and educator Ray Kappe’s 4,000-square foot modern home made of concrete, redwood, and glass located in the hills of LA’s Rustic Canyon.
~via Nowness as part of their In-Residence video series.
1962 Author Elrod’s Personal Estate
Palm Springs Contemporary
E. Stewart Williams designed , 1947 Twin Palms Sinatra Estate
Collins Hideaway located on Indian Canyons Golf Resort in Palm Springs
So you have your tickets, but have you figured out where you’re staying? Interested in renting a dope pad for Coachella weekend that you and your friends can come back to chill out at? Well, I came across a few available to rent via Luxury Retreats.
More info here.
Design*ByProxy’s top picks for Modern Art & Design Auction, held at LAMA on February 23, 2014. 1. Alvar Aalto – Paimio Chair 2. George Nelson – Clock 3. Alexander Calder – The Black Crow 4. Ed Ruscha – Group of Books 5. Sally Sirkin – Console 6. Malcolm Leland – Hanging Lantern 7. Jenny Holzer – Inflammatory Essays
View additional lots here.
If you have an interest in Mid Century modern design and architecture, you should head down to Palm Springs this weekend for Modernism Week. Most events are sold out now, but there a still several FREE events to attend like LAB ART. To find out more, visit the LA Times highlights here and Modernism Week website here.
Oh, how I would love to own a Paul Kingma table or use one in a client’s project:
Paul Kingma was a well known Dutch artist who made most of his tables between 1970 and 1994. He started making tables in the early sixties for friends. All tables are unique one of a kind, made of pieces of stone he found during his trips around the world. He used several kinds of stone, concrete, slate, exotic stone types, brass, bronze etc.
~Images and text from Mass Modern Design