The Big One Rocks Chicago: Wright Mass Modern Home Auction

Channel the collector within or the bargain-hunter needing a design fix and plan to swoon over the Wright Modern show where you can snag an Eames chair, a Warhol pouf and divine mid-century objects.

Photo: Wright Mass Modern Harry Bertoia Diamond Chair, c. 1952, enameled steel, vinyl ($300–500). The annual Wright Mass Modern auction in Chicago’s West Loop has over 500 lots of mid-century works with bid prices ranging between $100 to $10,000 for pieces designed by Mies van der Rhoe to Charles and Ray Eames to art work by Matisse and Picasso.

Vintage pickers, collectors and bargain-hunters looking for fine prey all rounded up together (in a colossal 40,000-square-foot space) need to pack up and skedaddle over to the annual Wright Mass Modern auction July 12. We know you've been stalking Millionaire Rejects in Lincoln Park, and Coyle and Herr's consignment warehouse (still a favorite spot for a vintage smorgasbord), and let's not skip the best flea at Vintage Garage in Uptown or the dependable Randolph Street Market. These stay on the list.

But Wright is another species. The definition of class and beauty, they put a glamorous spin on mid-century objects. Just smelling and stroking their catalog (do this with a chilly martini) brings out our inner Audrey Hepburn, circa Breakfast at Tiffany's. (Note: these monthly design catalogs are works of art and a generous trove of information for serious design geeks craving a tactile (or digital!) browsing experience of the Wright exhibits.)

This year in Chicago, over 500 lots are offered at no reserve, with works from Charles and Ray Eames (see this piece on creative spaces featuring Chicagoan Alison Victoria, host of DIY's Kitchen Crashers, who says she worked her butt off for a dream Eames chair!), architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe's cane chairs and an Andy Warhol Brillo Pad pouf. 

Photo: Wright Chicago Wright Chicago on Hubbard Street in the West Loop, (they have a storefront in New York, too), is over 40,000 square feet and anything and everything is available to view by appointment. 

Wright Mass Modern, 1440 W. Hubbard St. Previews through July 11, auction on Sat., July 12, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ways to bid: via phone, absentee, online or on the floor. Telephone: (312)563-0020.

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