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Lecture | Modern Design by a Mid-Century New Englander

Modern Design by a Mid-Century New Englander

A Lecture by Lucretia Giese

WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 23 | RECEPTION 5PM | LECTURE 6PM

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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

How to Bring Design into your Garden with Sculpture

Garden Sculpture | Outdoor Design

Alton P. “Jim” Balder sculpture sold for $1,599 in the 20th Century Design auction on December 15, 2012 (Lot 752)

Outdoor sculpture in carved marble, sold for $7,200 in the 20th Century Design auction on December 15, 2012 (Lot 344)

What you see outside your window can be as important as the furniture and decorative arts that you live with inside – especially in the winter.

Imagine that the snow is falling over a sleeping garden, and you pass by this red and black geometric composition by Balder as you head inside.… Read More

June 27 | Gallery Walk with Jonathan Fairbanks, Director, Fuller Craft Museum

Toots Zynsky (American, b. 1951) “More Jazz Chaos” Vessel , Glass fiber, Providence, Rhode Island, 1994 (Lot 315: Estimate $8,000-$12,000)

Friday, June 27, 2014

Join us for an insider’s tour of auction highlights to benefit Fuller Craft Museum

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Reception: 6PM Gallery Walk: 6:30PM

All are welcome to attend a free event at the Skinner Boston Gallery. Join us for a Gallery Walk with Jonathan Fairbanks, Director, Fuller Craft Museum and 20th Century Design Director Jane Prentiss.… Read More

Tour the Glass House: An Icon of Mid-Century Modern Design

“I have very expensive wallpaper,” Philip Johnson said of The Glass House, an iconic mid-century modern building he designed in New Canaan, Connecticut. Indeed, the “wallpaper” is the vast, unfolding landscape outside the clear glass walls of the house, featuring a pond, tall pines, and meandering stone walls.

My Three Favorite Modern Design Websites

One of the best ways to feel more inspired about objects and design is to see examples of beautifully designed rooms and elegantly solved design problems. I’ve always enjoyed magazines and books on design, but of course nowadays there’s also a wealth of information online.

Watch an Appraisal of a Picasso Designed Madoura Plate on Antiques Roadshow

I’ve been an appraiser on the PBS television series Antiques Roadshow for 18 years, and during each event, I meet hundreds of people who wait in line for hours hoping for a chance to be on the show. Our day starts early, with appraisals beginning at 7:30 AM and running through the early evening. As an expert in European Decorative Arts, I typically stand at the Pottery and Porcelain, Silver, or Decorative Arts table where I greet people and give evaluations of their prized possessions.… Read More

See the MIT Chapel… in Miniature

Harry Bertoia (American, 1915-1978), Maquette for the MIT Kresge Chapel Altar Screen, c. 1950-1955 (Estimate $70,000-$90,000)

MIT is known world-wide for educating top scientists and engineers, but perhaps slightly less well-known is the caliber of the school’s architecture. Many famous New England colleges, from Harvard and Brown University to Bowdoin and Boston College, boast impressive buildings, with many based on Romanesque and Gothic revival styles of the 19th century.… Read More

Upholstery and Design Workshop with Phillips Fine Paint & Design

Presented by the 20th Century Design Department in conjunction with the preview for the 20th Century Design auction.

Partial of Ten Peter Hvidt and O. Molgaard-Nielsen Dining Chairs, Denmark, c.1960 (Lot. 374, Estimate $1,000-$1,500)

Friday, December 6

Learn about techniques used to transform furniture from mundane to magnificent with a demonstration by Phillips Fine Paint & Design of Concord, MA.

6:30 – 8PM

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5 Auction Picks to Bring New Energy to your Living Space

Do you have a room in your home or apartment that needs some new energy? A great piece of furniture, art, or sculpture can go a long way towards revitalizing your living space. If you love great design, and you’re looking to redecorate within a budget, auction provides many unique, well-made, on-trend, and affordable options.

Our upcoming 20th Century Design auction on December 7, 2013 in Boston is the perfect opportunity to jump in and try bidding for yourself.… Read More

A Chance to See Stunning Studio Furniture at Fuller Craft Museum

Harold Ionson, 1920-2001, Seymour Commode, Made in Westwood, MA. ca. 2000. Photograph by Alex Hochstrasser

Guest post by Michael McMillan, Curatorial Assistant, Fuller Craft Museum

The Fuller Craft Museum is brimming with excitement as we have recently launched this year’s biggest exhibition: Made in Massachusetts: Studio Furniture of the Bay State. We are proud to present this furniture show as our contribution to the paramount Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture, a collaboration that unites eleven institutions in a celebration of furniture-making in the Bay State.… Read More

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