This talk looks at some of the forces shaping mid-century modern design through the work of one mid-century New England practitioner, Henry B. Hoover. Hoover is known today as an architect. Less known is Hoover’s design work, which manifests itself in three ways. As a residential architect, Hoover designed numerous houses in New England, including the first Modern house in Lincoln, MA, and pieces of furniture for his clients. … Read More
Furnishings from the Burke House (Lots 423 and 424, estimates vary)
The Mary Griggs Burke Estate includes the furnishings of the Burke house, on Centre Island in Oyster Bay, New York overlooking Long Island Sound. Designed and furnished by Boston architect Ben Thompson, the home was featured in the book: Design Research: The Store That Brought Modern Living To American Homes. In 1956, the magazine Architectural Record reviewed the home for its architecture and elaborate Japanese-style garden.… Read More
Visiting Eliot Noyes’ home and the Philip Johnson Glass House last week brought to mind the saying, “the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.” In each mid-century modern home, seeing the architecture, landscape, and objects all together stimulated my imagination and interested me far more than if I’d been presented each vase and table and painting separately in a museum.