A few extremely important Frank Lloyd Wright-related items are set to be auctioned off in the coming weeks. The Swann Auction Galleries has a rare original 1927 drawing for a proposed cover design for Liberty Magazine. The Wright Auction house (no relation to Frank) has three items of note: An original Imperial Hotel chair, a section of decorative frieze from the Dana House, and an original chandelier from the Adelman House in Phoenix.
It's a real shame this chandelier is no longer in the house it belongs to (apparently it was sold by an owner at some point in a private sale). Perhaps it can find its way back home...but at a $30,000 - $50,000 auction estimate, that's not likely. Follow the links above to see all the items.
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Sherri S. sends word that on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9:30 am - 1 pm there will be a chance to join members of the American Arts Society (a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum) as they discuss the restoration of the Museum's George Mann Niedecken Fireplace Surround for the Harnischfeger Residence (ca. 1905). Specialist conservator Olaf Unsoeld (Fine Wood Conservation, Ltd., Brooklyn, NY) will be in Milwaukee and will share his assessment and treatment plan for the piece. The day will begin with coffee and pastries, and end with a boxed lunch. $45/person ($40 for American Arts Society Members) Register by May 3. Limited to 30 people. Contact Mel Buchanan 414-224-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details here.
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Heath Ceramics recently announced their new seasonal palette for Spring 2013, which includes bright blues and a cool green. Check out the full collection of spring beauties here.
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I recently received an update on the new projects executed by expert craftsman and designer, Randall Kramer. One project in particular caught my eye: a hand-forged mild steel grill to architect Eric Mullendore's specifications, to separate the home's foyer from the living room, allowing a clear view of Lake Michigan as you enter the space. See more of Randall's work at his website.
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If the time change and losing an hour of sleep has you surly, then maybe investing in a sweet George Nelson-designed clock from Vitra will make the transition a little easier to bear. See more here.
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I popped into a West Elm this evening and was amazed to see how terrarium crazy they've gone this season. There's tons of really great planter options and low-maintenance plants to choose from at a variety of price points. It's never been easier to be both Mod and Bring the Outside In. See all the options here.
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PrairieMod pal, Adam Frint sent a link and his submission to Design Within Reach's annual "Champagne Chair Contest" which involves creating a chair design out of a champagne bottle's cork, foil, wire cage, etc. Adam's design is a lounge chair set called, "Elytra Lounge" — named after the outer shell of a beetle which protects the soft wings (or cork cushion, in this case). A great design DWR might actually want to consider putting into production. There are some other crazy cool ideas on the site you can check out here.
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Looking for a great Mod gift for the plant lover on your holiday list? Then be sure to check out these sweet Felt Pod planters from Flip and Tumble.
Made from 100% recycled material, packaged with a plastic liner to retain water, and just $14 each—these Mod Pods will make a truly unique gift. Get yours here.
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The annual December auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, Illinois is always a fantastic one, with plenty of rare and wonderful Arts & Crafts, Prairie and Modern pieces for sale. This year's auction on December 1, 2012 is no exception. In addition to a rare art glass window from the Wright-designed Oscar Steffens House (built 1909, destroyed 1963) is plenty of Teco pottery. One piece that caught my eye was a monumental floor vase with inscribed floral motif that might have a connection to another lost architectural masterpiece: G.W. Maher's 1912 E.L. King (aka "Rockledge") estate (formally found near Winona, Minnesota). The vase was sold back in the 1980s at the same sale where most of the Rockledge's contents were sold—but it's not entirely known if this vase was from the house as well. Anyone out there know more? See all the auction listings here.
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Just in time for the holidays: House Industries is offering a special discount on their 13-piece Alexander Girard Nativity set. Shop here and enter the discount code NATIVITY2012 to get 25% off. It's still pretty pricey, but every little bit helps, I guess. Hurry--discount expires December 7, 2012.
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Fab.com's sales yesterday were all about Frank Lloyd Wright. If you don't want to miss the deals, check out the sales here.
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13 pieces of original Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture from the Husser, Coonley, Heurtley, Willits and Little houses will become permanent parts of the Huntington Library's collection. Read more about it here.
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Wired.com's "Geek Mom" recently posted about the art and legacy of Charles and Ray Eames. Even if you are well aware of the Dynamic MCM Duo's work, you may still enjoy this refresher. Read it here.
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Some PrairieMod Squad members stopped to check out a sweet new shop in Forest Park, IL called Yearbook. Filled with distinctively curated new and vintage items, Yearbook is part curio cabinet/part museum/part antique shop--but all cool.
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Paul R. sent a link to Thrive Home Furnishing's line of Mid-century Modern home decor, including a wide assortment of sofas that look like their straight out of a Mad Men episode. See it all here.
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Heath Ceramics recently announced the opening of their new San Francisco location at 2900 18th Street (at Florida Street). The newest addition to the Heath family is a retail space, interactive tile showroom, gallery space and future tile manufacturing facility (with kilns ready to fire up this September). Read more about it here.
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Every so often, two great things come together to produce something truly special. Case in point: The Organic Design Operatives (ODO) recently produced some exquisitely designed and crafted furniture for Unity Temple Restoration Foundation to use as part of their gift shop at Frank Lloyd Wright's Unit Temple. Read about the design process, execution and installation at the ODO website here. Then plan a visit to Unity Temple to see this fantastic furniture (and building) for yourself!
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Paul R. sends a link to some furnishings offered by USONA Home that would fit right into any PrairieMod pad. Check it out here.
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Also on deck this weekend in Chicago, it's the 7th annual Arts and Crafts-Chicago Show and Sale, which will take place at the Geiseman Gym on the campus of Concordia University in River Forest Illinois Saturday, June 2 from 10 AM - 7 PM and Sunday, June 3 from 10 AM - 4 PM. Admission is only $7. The show will feature antique and reproduction furniture and accessories from the American and English Arts and Crafts Movement and always has something interesting to offer collectors and enthusiasts of all stripes. Get more info and a discount admission coupon here.
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Slate.com provides a trip into the way-back machine looking at the history of the office chair. From the dawn of sitting to the space age, humans have been on the hunt for a work seat that offers both comfort and support...but have leagues of designers (including Frank Lloyd Wright) missed the mark? Read more about it here.
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PrairieMod reader George J. sent a link to a rare "Tree of Life" art glass window from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY that is being auctioned-off at Heritage Auctions. The starting bids seem low for this quintessential Wright art glass design, so I expect the price to soar as the June 12, 2012 auction date nears. Ideally, this window should go back in the home it was designed for. See the listing here.
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Fair Oak Workshops, purveyors of the finest in Arts & Crafts era gifts and decor recently introduced their new line of Edward S. Curtis Native American prints. Original Edward S. Curtis photographs depicting the American West landscape and its indigenous people are rare and very expensive. Fair Oak's fine art prints provide the opportunity to affordably own a Curtis image and add that perfect touch of Arts & Crafts charm to your home. See all the offerings and options here.
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High-profile pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright furniture design continue to appear on the auction block. This time, it's two reclining armchairs originally designed for the first Francis W. Little House in Peoria, IL that are being offered for sale at Christies for the not-so-little price of $90,000-$120,000 each. Click the link to see the listings.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright In Racine blog has posted an exciting preview of the new "At Home with Frank Lloyd Wright" permanent exhibition in Fortaleza Hall located at the SC Johnson Company campus in Racine, Wisconsin. The show is opening at the end of next week, but this is your chance to catch a sneak peek! Read and see all the photos here.
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The Wright auction house in Chicago is offering two Frank Lloyd Wright-designed redwood plywood tables originally made for the J.A. Sweeton House in Cherry Hill, NJ. Estimated at a steep $10-$15,000, it's unlikely they will ever be reunited with their intended environment. Perhaps they could at least be recreated...it would be interesting to see if plans for these simple, yet elegantly geometric tables either exist or could be drawn up. Any woodworkers with Usonian flair out there? See the auction listing here.
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We received word that Toms-Price in Lincolnshire, IL will be hosting a "Stickley Museum on the Road" event on May 17, 2012 from 7 to 9 pm. Sarah Lanigan, curator of the Fayetteville, New York, Stickley Museum will talk on the history of Stickley. She will also present in Skokie, IL on May 18, 2012 and Wheaton, IL on May 19, 2012. Attendees can see more event details and sign up online by visiting the Toms-Price website here and clicking on an event.
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