Andrew B. sends a link to an article in The New York Times about a historian who has uncovered the remains of an Arts & Crafts era Rookwood tile covered balcony boutique and stairway in Lord & Taylor’s Manhattan flagship store. Read more about it here.
Image via The New York Times/Michael Padwee Collection
'Tis the season for high-profile 20th century design items at auction. Case-in-point is a pair of extremely rare copper weed holders designed by Frank Lloyd Wright that are being auctioned off at Sotheby's on December 17, 2014 at an auction estimate of $200,000-$300,000. Check out this link to see the lot in better detail and to read the accompanying catalogue note by Wright scholar, David A. Hanks.
Not to be outdone, Christies has a Wright-designed oak library table from the Coonley House in Riverside, IL at its December 9, 2014 auction with an estimate of $20,000-$30,000. See the lot info in more detail here.
The auction with the most Frank Lloyd Wright items in December has to be (appropriately enough) Wright Auction's December 11, 2014 "Important Design" auction, which features 18 Wright-related pieces, from original chairs, to drawings, to art glass windows. See them all here.
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Toms-Price, a home furnishing retailer in the Chicagoland area, has secured four of the 100 original copies of a variant of Stickley Furniture's Eastwood chair that was made specifically for the Dalai Lama to sit cross-legged in for his American speaking engagements between 2006 and 2012. I can only muse at how the worldly possession-denying Dalai Lama feels about people trying to reach enlightenment sitting in a $10,000 chair marketed using his association...Read more about it here.
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Robert M. sends a link to a very rare (and very rough condition) table designed by Rudolph Schindler for the living room of the Lovell Beach House. The buy it now purchase price of $7500 is a bit steep, but if you're a collector and have some cash, then it can be yours. See the listing here.
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Artist Larry Zgoda has recently donated a hand painted plate by renowned Chicago artist, Edgar Miller, and an antique Osterizer, food blender, designed by Alfonso Iannelli to the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center in Park Ridge, Illinois. Judy Barclay accepted the items on August 1, 2014, and expects to display them with the developing museum’s collection of Iannelli and related art and artifacts. Read more after the jump...
The Sioux City Journal recently featured the story of why the Alfonso Iannelli-sculpted panel depicting the Seventh Commandment ("Thou Shall Not Commit Adultery") was intentionally omitted from the Sioux City County Courthouse in Sioux City, IA. Read about it here and in the newly re-published book on the building and its history, The Woodbury County Courthouse Revealed.
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From the Kalo Art Craft Community House where the Chicago silver industry was born to the Park Ridge studio of noted artist Alfonso Iannelli, who helped design the world famous Pickwick Theater and sculpted the Rock of Gibraltar on the Prudential Building in Chicago, The Kalo Foundation's historic tours initiative will premier at the Taste of Park Ridge and will highlight the larger narrative of the artists’ colony that flourished in Park Ridge at the turn of the 20th Century and beyond. More after the jump...
I recently found myself passing through Grand Rapids, MI on my way back from a business meeting and I had a little time on my hands. So, I decided to pop into the Grand Rapids Art Museum to see their stunning Eugene Masselink designed and hand painted wooden screen. Gene originally created it for House Beautiful editor Elizabeth Gordon as part of an entire room design, including a corresponding rug. if you find yourself in Grand Rapids, make sure you pop-in to see it for yourself!
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Glass artist Larry Zgoda and his associate, Emily Carlson, are helping to organize and contribute to the first Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition taking place on Wednesday, March 19, at Solstice Stained Glass, 2010 W. Fulton, in Chicago, from noon to 7 pm.
Larry will have original works displayed, and there will be works by a dozen other artists and crafters. Many aspects of glass art making will be highlighted, including painting, restoration, lampmaking, stenciling, and more. Larry will also be showing a unique panel by Edgar Miller and will have the Edgar book available for purchase. Guests are invited to bring images and questions about their stained glass, which may be answered by a team of hands-on scholars.
This one day event will be a part of the Day of Glass, taking place in conjunction with the 43rd annual Glass Art Society Conference, being held in Chicago for the very first time. To learn more about the Chicago Stained Glass Invitational Exhibition please call 773-698-3813.
Motawi Tileworks has a beautiful new tile based on a fret sawn wood grille design from Frank Lloyd Wirght's Nathan Moore residence in Oak Park, IL. Check it out here.
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Heads up! The Kalo Foundation in Park Ridge, IL will be hosting a display of Arts & Crafts-era silver (specifically Kalo Workshop pieces) to coincide with the book signing of Hand Wrought Arts & Crafts Metalwork and Jewelry: 1890 - 1940 by Darcy L. Evon, author and Kalo Foundation consulting historian.
The event takes place Sunday, February 23, 2014, at 2 pm at the Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, 255 N. Northwest Highway, Park Ridge, Illinois. Books will be available for sale at the event. Read a recent review of the book here and get more info on this and other Kalo Foundation events here.
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Looks like Sotheby's blinked. Several news outlets are reporting that the controversial Frank Lloyd Wright-designed three-legged chair and desk have been removed from Wednesday's "Important 20th Century Design" auction (due in large part to the lawsuit filed by SC Johnson on the grounds that the company owns the furniture). It will be interesting to see how this ultimately plays out...but I, for one, am glad that SC Johnson is defending its architectural heritage so strenuously. More here.
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December is auction season for all the big-ticket items, it seems. PrairieMod reader Popi Cana sends a link to today's Phillips auction in which an incredibly designed (and incredibly rare...and incredibly expensive) Teco vase by Fritz Albert is for sale to the highest bidder. See more here.
Seems like it's the season of Auctioning off important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass windows. Kevin W. alerted us to the fact that a window that somehow got away from the Meyer May House (1908) in Grand Rapids, MI is being auctioned off at Bonhams on December 16, 2013. Perhaps the good people at Steelcase will be able to acquire it and return it to where it belongs. See more here.
Image via Bonhams
We first mentioned yesterday the lawsuit that SC Johnson slapped Sotheby's with over the sale of a rare desk and chair from the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Administration Building in Racine, WI. The article linked was to the Law360.com website and required sign-in to read. Now that the story has been picked up by other news outlets, I figured I'd share some links to those stories to keep everyone informed. Read more here, here, and here.
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The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that one of a pair of rare bronze, brass and leaded glass chandelier that Frank Lloyd Wright designed for the master bedroom of the Francis W. Little house in Peoria, IL was recently acquired by the St. Louis Art Museum for $825,000. It's a shame this piece had to leave the environment it was specifically designed for and at such a high price...it opens the door for other less preservation-minded owners to strip their houses bare to make a buck. Read more here.
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According to an article on Law360.com, The S.C. Johnson Corporation is suing Sotheby's, accusing the auction house of illegally preparing to sell two pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at their December 18, 2013 auction and refusing to return the pieces to Johnson, the owner. More after the jump...
Not to be upstaged by Sotheby's, Christie's December 19, 2013 auction will be offering a super rare example of a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed "butterfly" art glass lamp that was formally in the collection of Wright-associate and sculptor, Richard Bock. The auction will also feature a rare Wright-designed art glass window from the (now lost) Oscar Steffens House. See these and all the other lots here.
Image via Christie's
The holidays are here and you might be in need of the perfect gift for that architecture or design lover on your list. As the weeks wind down this December, I'll be giving a few of my holiday gift picks that may help readers find something perfect. The first pick is any one of the beautiful hand-thrown and decorated pots by Mary Pratt offered by Fair Oak Workshops. Check out all of the options available for purchase here. Keep in mind, though that the cutoff date on orders for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas is December 6, 2013.
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Eric Nordstrom from Urban Remains sends word that the Darwin Martin House skylight art glass window that was sold at auction last August has resurfaced as a lot in Sotheby's "Important 20th Century Design" December 18, 2013 auction. There's also some other big ticket Wright-related lots in this auction as well, including an iconic SC Johnson Administration Building desk, a three-legged chair from SC Johnson and two art glass windows from the second Little House. Also of interest is a stencil section from Louis Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange and a very rare architectural Teco vase. Check out all of the lots here.
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Wright Auction House has a fairly important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Usonian chair from the Rosenbaum House for sale in their upcoming December 12, 2013 Design auction. It would be nice to see this chair back in its original home, but at $10-15K, you could build an army of plywood replicas instead. See more here.
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The December 7, 2013 auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL has a plethora of amazing pieces related to Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School (and more). I pulled images of a few of the more tantalizing pieces being offered including: Plaster sculptures of Wright's Nokoma and Nokomis, chairs from Wright's Rayward House (aka "Tirranna"), a rare Teco vase with nice Organic Architectural lines to it, and a table from Wright's Imperial Hotel (formally of Tokyo). Check out all of the items up for auction by flipping through the virtual catalog here.
Images via John Toomey Gallery
The holidays are just around the corner and the crush of catalogs have started arriving in the mail. In perusing CB2's recent catalog, I came across their Modern answer to the decorative Christmas village that often accompanies a tree or adorns a mantle. Check it and other seasonal goodies here.
Image via CB2
I had a chance to visit the Hieronymus Mueller Museum in Decatur, IL yesterday and was treated to a delightful tour of the various historic materials related to this famous plumbing manufacturing company. Some of you might also know that the Mueller family has Prairie School connections: nearby Millikin Place has three Prairie School residences designed by Marion Mahony (with some Frank Lloyd Wright, George Mann Nidecken, and Walter Burley Griffin associated as well). I was pleasantly surprised to see that the museum had three original Niedecken-designed furniture pieces from the Adolph Mueller Residence (#4 Millikin Place) on display—including one of the home's chairs shown in the vintage photo at left. Plan a visit to see the museum the next time you're in Decatur and check out their on-line collection of Millikin Place-related vintage photos here.
Image via Hieronymus Mueller Museum
RareEARTH Naturals' unique mineral candles has been announced as the newest addition in the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of officially licensed products, offering beautiful, handmade, natural mineral candles made in the USA. Six colors from The Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin color palette were chosen for the candles' coloring to launch the line. Find out more about the unique nature of rareEARTH candles by following the link and look for the Frank Lloyd Wright line of mineral candles at retailers and online soon!
Image via rareEARTH Naturals/The Frank Lloyd Wright Collection
I've always loved the design of the clustered tetrahedral shaded lamps (created around 1956 by Taliesin apprentice Richard
Carney) and wanted to find a way to bring this type of accent light into my own home. So I did some thinking and designing and came up with a way to make it happen.
The material the shades are made from actual wood veneer laminated to paperboard. This allows it to be scored, folded, and glued like a packaging carton. I had one of my Structural Designer friends design a CAD structure for the shade and the cut the piece out on a CAD table. We then folded it and glued it together to make a three dimensional shade. I made sure to leave a little hole at the tip of each shade so that the string connected to the light could be threaded through.
I then got some remote controlled LED puck lights, attached natural twine to them, strung the shades together and hung them from the ridge post of the house as shown.
I had a triangular piece of steel cut by Chicago artist Randall Kramer for use as a counter balance to keep everything in place as it hangs.
And that's how I made my new set of natural material accent pendant lights that require no electric wiring and can be controlled remotely. I hope Mr. Wright would be proud!
Inspiration image via mylittlehousedesign.com/the rest via PrairieMod
It's once again time for Fair Oak Workshops's popular "Dog Days of Summer" sale, where the ever popular and iconic Arts & Crafts mica lamps are 20% off their regular price. The sale won't last for long, so if you've always wanted to enjoy the buttery warm glow of a mica lamp in your home, then act fast and order yours today. Check out all the sale items here.
Image via Fair Oak Workshops
PrairieMod reader John Bachman asked if we could find an in situ photo of the art glass window from the Darwin D. Martin House that is up for auction. After a little search, I came across a treasure trove of Darwin D. Martin's photos in the online collections of the University of Buffalo—including a photo of the stunning window in its original (and intended) place. Spend time looking at all the photos here.
Image via State University of New York at Buffalo
The Buffalo News provides more information about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed art glass window from the Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY that is currently up for auction. Read more about it here. It's a long shot, but maybe someone really generous will win it and donate it to the Martin House where it belongs. Here's hoping!
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