The Month Ahead: Historic Four Seasons Restaurant Threatened, Breuer House for Sale, and Design Miami/ Basel Opens in Switzerland

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Jun 1, 2015 11:23PM


Our Month Ahead series rounds up noteworthy shows, news, and other happenings in the design and architecture communities.


Across the U.S.:

New York

Caro Ettore: Little Sculpture #19, 2015
#1 Mobi/Chamber, 2015

In case you missed it, “This is Not a Duet” opened in mid-May at Chamber. The gallery is presenting two separate solo exhibitions within the same space: works by Gala Fernández Montero and Sung Jang.

Closing on the 5th at Hostler Burrows: “Kristina Riska: New Work,” which includes monumental pinch pots.

Small Mirror #9, 2015
Patrick Parrish Gallery

On the 14th “Jonathan Nesci: Present Perimeter” wraps up at Patrick Parrish Gallery.

The Cooper-Hewitt show “Maira Kalman Selects” comes down on the 14th.

Alufoil chairs, 2015
Johnson Trading Gallery

The Team” at Johnson Trading Gallery’s pop-up location in TriBeCa closes on the 22nd.

On the 27th, Demisch Danant’s solo show “L’homme moderne,” featuring French designer Pierre Paulin, ends.


Sad Chair 4 , 2015
Gallery Diet
Pink Pulp Vanity + Stool, 2015
Gallery Diet

Gallery Diet’s first exhibition with Katie StoutDocile/Domicile/Dandy” closes on the 13th.

Further Afield:


New Jazz, 2015
Gallery FUMI

You have until the 30th to glimpse Johannes Nagel’s precarious ceramic stacks in “I Hardly Ever Thought of Flowers” at Gallery FUMI.


Identity,” a group show at Galerie BSL closes on the 18th.


Design and Violence, an extension of the online curatorial project headed by MoMA’s Paola Antonelli, has just been published in book form (co-edited by Antonelli and Jamer Hunt, with Michelle Millar Fisher).


Real-estate mogul Aby Rosen and architect Annabelle Selldorf have met opposition around their plans to alter the historic Philip Johnson interior at the Four Seasons restaurant in Manhattan’s Seagram Building, including the removal of a much-adored curtain by Pablo Picasso. (via Vanity Fair)

Hong Kong’s M+ announces a Design Trust Research Fellowship for 2016 (apply here).

Chamberlain Cottage, the 1940 Marcel Breuer- and Walter Gropius-designed house, which sits on eight riverfront acres in Wayland, Massachusetts, is currently on the market for $2 million.


New York

Spring design auctions are upon us! Phillips holds its Design auction on the 9th. Highlights include Nendo’s Scatter Shelf (2011) and a pair of circa-1952 armchairs from Acotto House, Turin, by Carlo Mollino.

Sotheby’s Design sale is also on the 9th and includes key Art Deco pieces by Jean Dunand, Pierre Chareau, Jacques-Émile Ruhlmann, and Paul Dupré-Lafon.

The following day, Christie’s Design sale will feature a François-Xavier Lalanne standing bar in the form of a donkey.


Wright has three sales in June: Design on the 11th, 20th Century Carpets on the 12th, and Important Italian Glass on the 13th—the third private collection blockbuster of important 20th-century glass in as many years.

San Francisco

San Francisco Design Week kicks off on the 4th with events like a hand-lettering workshop at Heath Ceramics and a writing hackathon presented by Drinking Tea in the Shower.


On the 3rd, Piasa has a sale of masterworks by Belgian Art Nouveau master Gustave Serrurier-Bovy from a private collection and a textile-art sale on the 11th.


The 10th edition of Design Miami/ Basel opens to the public on June 16th and runs through the 21st alongside Art Basel.

—Alex Gilbert

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