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New York, July 11th, 2016—Wright presents The Four Seasons, a special auction featuring the furniture and designed tableware and objects from the iconic restaurant’s historic interior. The event will take place at The Four Seasons in New York on July 26, 2016.

In total, the sale will include approximately 600 lots with prices ranging from $100 – $15,000. A complete listing of lots will be available online at www.wright20.com by July 12th. The auction will include furniture designed by Mies van der Rohe, Hans Wegner, and Eero Saarinen as well as custom designs by Philip Johnson and tableware and objects by Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable. The sale includes the Grill Room’s famed banquettes, the original suite of Barcelona seating from the travertine lobby, custom Tulip tables with polished bronze tops, and groups of custom Brno chairs, among other designs. It also includes tableware and objects such as custom wine coolers, serving carts and even the bespoke pots and pans among many other pieces designed especially for the remarkable restaurant. The furniture and tableware will be available in a variety of groupings.

A public preview of all available lots will be held on-site at The Four Seasons each day between July 20–25, 2016. Hours: July 20th, 1 – 6 pm, July 21st – 24th, 10am – 6 pm, and July 25th, 10am – 2pm. A media preview will be held onJuly 20th at The Four Seasons from 10am – 12pm. Media wishing to attend should RSVP tomblackburn@fitzandco.com.

The auction will be live and open to the public, and will take place on-site at The Four Seasons on July 26, 2016, beginning at 10 am EDT. There are many ways to participate: participants may bid in person, by telephone, absentee, online, or with the Wright Auction iOS app. Visit www.wright20.com for additional auction information and a complete listing of available lots.

Wright has published a special catalog for The Four Seasons auction, honoring the restaurant’s history and legacy with essays by Paul Goldberger, Graydon Carter, and Alan Richman. The catalog is available for purchase for $50 domestic / $70 international at www.wright20.com.

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| Sunday Reading | A COLOMBO MYSTERY

1478058_1_lA COLOMBO MYSTERY from the desk of Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Some designers become the embodiment of their work and some designers just ARE. Joe Colombo, born and died the same month and day forty-one years apart, squeezed a lifetime of ideas into a single slice. Thankfully for us, his designs broke the mold, asked new questions, and most importantly still live on to contribute to our everyday lives.

J-OH-C-AH-L-OH-M-B-OH. Even his name has the same visual rhythm as his designs: the classic Boby trolley, Combi storage unit, Universale stacking chair and everything else he thought of for Alessi, Boffi and Kartell.

Recently, we moved into a new studio workspace. The new space gave us a reason to make the ultimate wishlist for office furniture, which included many Colombo staples. In the ongoing research, we found a lone wolf: a white drafting table with very familiar three drawers slung to the side. The Colombo signature was allover the desk, from the tubular legs that bend more like a pair of arms outstretched holding the tabletop, to the three drawers that swing out like the popular Boby trolley.

The handful living at auction on the internet all attribute it as original.

In our case, it was not a radical reveal of a rare design artifact, but rather the opposite: a Joe Colombo desk look-alike imposter! The desk did not exist in the printed tomes, yet some manufacturer out there was daring enough to make a bold quote.

Joe embarked on his design mission later in life after training as a painter and sculptor. The fact that he inherited the running of a ribbon factory turned electrical conductor factory was a perfect match. The idea of a factory metamorphosis from ribbons to conduits provides a nice backbone for Joe’s creative logic.

Flexibility, maneuverability, mobility, modularity, variability and most importantly, humanity, were key. “Habits change, the interior of rooms has to change with them”, he noted.

While the desk was not authentic, and while our hopes were raised for a split second, we will toast the fabricator for a valiant effort.