KJRH.com reports that the Oklahoma man who stole a rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chair from the Price Tower (among other important architectural items from other sites) was sentenced to five years in the Oklahoma Department of Corrections and a total of 17 years probation. Read more about it here.
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Zachary M. reports on the final gavel prices (with LAMA's buyer's premium) of the Sturges House furniture that recently went to auction. The origami chairs By John Lautner (based on design by Frank Lloyd Wright) went for $20,000.00 each; The pair of lamps by John Lautner went for $21,250.00; 8 padded stools by John Lautner (based on design by Frank Lloyd Wright) went for $11,250.00; 2 side tables by John Lautner (based on design by Frank Lloyd Wright) went for $3,750.00; and the 2 end tables actually designed by FLLW for the Sturges House went for $8,125.00. And the house itself? Zachary says that it did not go to auction due to a lack of a preregistered buyer willing to invest in the restoration costs of the home. See all the auction results here.
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The upcoming March 5, 2016 20th Century Art & Design auction at the John Toomey Gallery features a couple of interesting Prairie School items, including: a 1905 Frank Lloyd Wright-designed standing desk from the Frank L. Smith Bank in Dwight, IL; a 1924 copy of Wright's Wasmuth Portfolio; and a rare stationary desk designed by George Washington Maher for his lost E.L. King House (aka "Rockledge"). See these and all of the interesting lots in the auction here.
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Los Angeles Modern Auctions (LAMA) posted all of the individual listings for the upcoming February 21, 2016 Modern Art & Design Auction, which includes the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed George D. Sturges House. As feared, several of the home's furniture and decorative items have also been listed for separate sale. We'll see how this plays out and if there is any hope of keeping this home intact, but as of now, it doesn't look good. See the list of Wright-related items that are listed for sale here.
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A Bartlesville, OK man who stole a rare Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chair from the Price Tower, was arrested red-handed, then proceeded to steal more stuff while out on bond (wow...) could be sentenced to 20 years behind bars for the crime(s). Read more about this Darwin Awards contender here.
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The auction season is in full swing, and there are some important Frank Lloyd Wright-designed items on the auction block. Elisabeth D. sends word that Richard Wright's upcoming auction on December 10 has some rare art glass windows from the demolished Oscar Steffens House and a chair from the Sondern House.
Newson6.com reports that a tip has led Bartlesville police to arrest the man, 39-year-old Rodney Crane, responsible for stealing the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed chair recently stolen from the Price Tower. Crane was found in his apartment with the chair and a gate from Price home that was stolen last year. Read more about it here and here.
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The LA Times reports that the next Wright auction on September 10, 2015 will feature a modest school desk that is set to fetch up $10-$15K. Why? Turns out it's a rare 1939 design by Charles Eames and Eero Saarinen for The Crow Island School in Winnetka, IL. Read more about it here and see the other Eames pieces in the auction here.
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Spike TV's new furniture design reality show "Framework" debuts tonight, January 6, 2015, on the cable channel and it sports some interesting Organic architectural connections. One of the contestants, Jory Brigham's great-grandfather was John S. Van Bergen, and one of the judges, Brandon Gore, recently cited being inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright and E. Fay Jones in his furniture work. Read more here and 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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French designer Ora-Ïto unveils on DeZeen his footwear homage to Modernist furniture designers, Charles and Ray Eames: A conceptual Nike trainer with curved rosewood veneer sections reminiscent of the iconic Eames Lounge Chair. While just a concept for now, Ora-Ïto hopes Nike considers making a limited edition run to satisfy all the MCModernists out there. More here.
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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Two beautifully constructed white quartersawn oak settees, created as part of the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Beachy House in Oak Park, are now apparently on consignment at a local consignment shop. Although not original pieces of furniture to the house, they are still amazingly built and impressive. Not sure why the current owners decided to sell them now (especially right before this weekends All Wright Housewalk. Read more here.
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The new issue of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's Save Wright publication arrived yesterday and it filled with fascinating articles related to Wright furnishing design and preservation. There's articles by Margo Stipe, Pamela Kirschner, Oskar Munoz, Jack Quinan, Neil Levine, and Susan Jacobs Lockhart (who is also the guest editor of the issue). If you are not already a member of the FLWBC, then join here to receive your copy of this fantastic publication.
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It's time once again for the Design Within Reach Champagne Chair Contest™ where people create a miniature chair using only the foil, label, cage and cork from no more than two champagne bottles. A panel of DWR champagne and chair experts will judge chairs, and three winners will receive a DWR Gift Card. PrairieMod pal, Adam Frint shared his entry this year, titled "the anti-cork Korbel lounger." See all the entries here and good luck Adam!
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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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It's all over the news that the SC Johnson Company is trying to legally halt the auctioning-off of some of its building's Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture at the upcoming Sotheby's auction on December 18, 2013. Author and journalist, Mark Hertzberg was asked by the Journal Times in Racine to write a piece about the significance of this particular Wright furniture design. Read it at his blog, Wright in Racine.
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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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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...
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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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.
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Sorry everyone--it turns out that the news of Copeland Furniture discontinuing (and discounting) the licensed Frank Lloyd Wright line of furniture was not true. We received that information erroneously. I'm waiting to receive an official statement from Copeland, but I've word that they will continue to make a variety of Wright-designed pieces for the foreseeable future. Sorry for any confusion.
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Wright20's "Mass Modern" auction on July 13, 2013 has a lot of Mod goodies in it, including a few pieces of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Heritage Henredon furniture. Check out all the listings here.
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