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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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After our recent post about Mike Brown's collection of mid-century architecture post cards, Oklahoma City design instructor Jim Watson paid a visit to Mike's OKC vintage shop. Jim reported back about his enjoyable visit with Mike and the treasure trove of mid-century goodies at Retrokc. If you find yourself in Oklahoma City, be sure to check out this part of midtown, which is undergoing an urban renaissance with many great shops and restaurants (one serves sumptuous-looking grilled cheese sandwiches). And if you can't make it to OKC, a sampling of Mike's goods can be found at his Etsy shop. The vintage fabrics are particularly fetching!
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Zachary M. sends word that a handful of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed works will be on the auction block in December 2012. Among the items are some very rare pieces of Wright-designed furniture from Wingspread, Price Tower, and the Sweeton House. See all the items here.
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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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Design Within Reach and the New York Times just published this crossword puzzle based on design and architecture. Test your knowledge!
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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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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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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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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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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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Want to bring the experience of sitting in a historic movie theater home with you? Here's your chance! Seats from the main auditorium at the historic Art Deco movie palace, The Pickwick Theatre in Park Ridge, IL, are being replaced (which needs to occur in an opperating movie theater from time to time). Instead of throwing them away, the theater is offering the current seats for sale on a first come first serve basis as a fundraiser for the Iannelli Studios restoration. Seats are $75 for one or four for $250. Proceeds benefit The Kalo Foundation’s Iannelli Studios Heritage Center, continuing the story of Park Ridge’s art heritage legacy. For more information, call 847-261-4595.
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Ever since it was announced that a very rare Richard Neutra-designed lamp was going to be auctioned-off at LAMA to benefit the VDL House restoration, the internet has been buzzing with the story--and speculations for how much the lamp could go for. Read a recent article from the LA TImes here.
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News reached us last week that the Treadway/Toomey Auction partnership has been entrusted to handle the sale of the The La Hacienda Collection of Decorative Arts, one of the most important private collection of early Gustav Stickley furniture ever to go to auction, on Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 10AM. We thought PrairieMod readers would be interested to learn and see more of this landmark Arts & Crafts auction, so we reached out to the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL for images and details. See them after the jump...
Following-up on my previous post about Steelcase's centennial, here's a link to an article at mlive.com about the furniture company and it's long connection to Frank Lloyd Wright, including the Grand Rapid, MI company's superlative stewardship of the Meyer May House. Read it here.
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Steelcase, the Grand Rapids-based furniture giant turns 100 years old on March 16, 2012. In that time, they have made some notable contributions to the world of furniture design--most interesting to us "Wrightophiles" would be the streamlined designs for the SC Johnson Wax Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin. Read more about the history and other notable furniture contributions here.
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Here's a link to an article about the efforts of master woodworker Timothy Coleman in recreating the large dining room table and library tables from period photos, plans, and remnants at the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Darwin D. Martin House in Buffalo, NY. Read it here.
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Looking to add the Wright vintage touch to your PrairieMod pad? Then you'll want to check out the various Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furnishings that will be for sale at the March 4, 2012 auction at the John Toomey Gallery in Oak Park, IL. Of particular interest are several fairly affordable pieces of Heritage Henredon furniture that Wright designed in the 1950s. See these and all of the auction lots here.
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John C. sends word of two items of interest to anyone who loves the furniture designs of architect Ralph Rapson. First, the Winter 2011 issue of Modernism magazine features an article on Rapson as a chair designer. Secondly, an exhibit titled "Ralph Rapson: Chair Design in the Architect’s Studio" will be held at Danish Teak Classics + DTC | X (Northeast Minneapolis in the Northrup King Building: 1500 Jackson St NE # 120, Minneapolis, MN) from Dec. 29, 2011- Jan. 31, 2012. Details here.
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Of interest was mention of and photos showing an Edward Wormley cabinet in Schaffer's collection that incorporates what the article calls "a prototype for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Imperial Hotel in Tokyo. Wright designed the drawer pulls."
There's one problem with that statement: The design shown on the pulls closely resembles a portion of the concrete block design for the Arizona Biltmore Hotel (whose architect of record is Albert Chase McArthur — Wright was ultimately considered an architectural consultant on the project). It does not look like any of the carved oyo stone designs I'm familiar with from the Imperial.
Anyone have any more info they could share on this interesting furniture collaboration? Read the article here.
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The December 11, 2011 Los Angeles Modern Auctions features two items of specific interest to "Wrightians", since they hail from extant Frank Lloyd Wright-designed buildings:
• An oddly footed chair from the Robert Winn House in Kalamazoo, MI
• A four-legged version of the famed Johnson Wax Administration Building office chair
PrairieMod readers may remember the controversy that occurred when a similar J-Wax chair was up for auction back in 2008. Not sure if anything similar to those events will happen this time, but we'll keep an eye on things to be sure.
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The John Toomey Gallery's next auction on December 4, 2011 will feature several impressive and important 20th Century items. As I perused the electronic catalog, one offering stuck out on page 68: Lot 350 George W. Maher-designed game table and two chairs from the 1906 Ernest J. Magerstadt House in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood. Read more after the jump...