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  • Provenance

    Joan Weinstein, Chicago, 1985
    Private collection, Chicago
    Wright, Chicago, "Modernist 20th Century," June 6, 2004, lot 203

  • Literature

    Krueck Sexton: Architects, New York, 1997, illustrated pp. 96-97

  • Catalogue Essay

    As the founder of Ultimo, an influential Chicago fashion boutique, Joan Weinstein was known for her exacting sense of style, which she brought not only to the curation of her shop but also to the re-design of her Stanford White residence on the Gold Coast, an historic neighborhood in Chicago’s Near North Side. In 1985 Weinstein commissioned architects Ron Krueck and Mark Sexton to reconcile the classicism of White’s architecture with her own desire for a minimalist, “spartan” interior.

    Krueck+Sexton Architects gained prominence in 1981 with their first project, ‘A Steel and Glass House’, the first and only private residence to grace the cover of Progressive Architecture. In subsequent years, they firm honed its ability to sensitively restore and adapt earlier architectural works while remaining at the forefront of innovative contemporary design. Krueck + Sexton often employed glass as the medium of choice to bridge this divide: “We look at material as an artist might look at paint; it’s what we use to express our projects.”

    In describing their intention to restore Weinstein’s residence to its original grand proportions, the architects realized a fundamental goal: to harmonize the relationship between the container and the contained. In their telling, their use of curves throughout the interior of White’s 1891 structure was a counterpoint to the rigidity of its period architecture, much in the spirit of Le Corbusier’s Villa Savoye.
    The serpentine, resolutely contemporary form of the present table, designed specifically for Weinstein, is tempered by the use of solemn materials often associated with both classicist and modernist interiors.

Property from an Important New York Collection

110

Unique dining table, designed for the residence of Joan Weinstein, Chicago

1985
Brass, patinated bronze, beveled glass, Rosso Velanto marble.
32 x 153 1/4 x 86 in. (81.3 x 389.3 x 218.4 cm)
Produced by Tesko, USA.

Estimate
$30,000 - 40,000 

Contact Specialist
Meaghan Roddy
Head of Sale, New York
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Design

New York Auction 11 June 2014 11am