Looking for the ultimate design-minded gift guide? Look no further than this auction of architect Lee F. Mindel’s extraordinary collection of furniture, art, and objets from some of the world’s most iconic modern designers.
Co-founding partner, along with the late Peter Shelton, of the award-winning, New York-based architecture and design firm Shelton Mindel & Associates, Mindel began collecting pieces over thirty years ago and has since amassed quite a treasure trove for his aerie in a former hat factory in Manhattan.
Now, that, too, is up for sale, as the architect plans on moving downtown to the Herzog & de Meuron-designed Jenga-shaped building at 56 Leonard Street—with new acquisitions in tow.
For those with elevated taste (and serious money to burn), that means being able to outfit a home with a colorful totem and bookshelf by Ettore Sottsass (estimated at $15,000 and $6,000, respectively), or a gorgeous oak table by Jean Prouvé ($50,000 estimate).
An architectural pencil and pastel drawing by none other than Le Corbusier would make a lovely bedside frame ($8,000 estimate) and could be admired by sitting atop an apple box stool, also by Le Corbu, which comes from a "chambre d’étudiant" from his Maison du Brésil at Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris ($25,000 estimate).
There are side tables ($6,000 estimate) from Charlotte Perriand and bookshelves from Perriand and Pierre Jeanerret (estimated at $30,000 apiece), a set of “Ox” lounge chairs and ottoman from Hans Wegner (also estimated to fetch at least $30,000), Poul Kjærholm chairs ($3,000 for a beech lounge chair and $80,000 for a rare, molded aluminum model), and so much more.
The collection, titled “Light & Aerie” comprises 140 lots and will be auctioned by Phillips on December 13 in New York City. One man’s trash, etc., as they say.