Premier auction house Wright modern
Richard Wright, founder of the Chicago-based Wright auction house, is considered one of the leaders in the collectible design industry, and has started his career as a seller in more modest locations, by collecting things here and there at garage sales and then selling them at flea markets.
His passion and previous experiences finally led him to open Wright Auction House in the year 2000. The art style of each piece is regarded and elevated by the tale of the piece, whether on the Wright website or inside one of the highly editorialized auction catalogs.
World-class experts, award-winning catalogs, groundbreaking blogs, and foreign marketing have attracted the interest of distinguished collectors across the globe – buyers and sellers alike – making Wright a leading resource for art and design in the 20th century.
Headquartered in an imposing 40,000-square-foot building in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago, with a second, newer site on Madison Avenue in New York City, Wright has managed over 40,000 lots of twentieth — and twenty-first — century architecture since its establishment in 2000.
The Wright space looks nothing like a typical auction house, with a storage warehouse on the first floor that looks like a mismatched heaven-made showroom. Both concept items and furniture are available for preview, which implies touching, exploring, even sitting where appropriate, with very few exceptions. In the world of design how a piece feels is extremely significant.
Among other significant features, buying classic leather furniture includes its longevity, even though it takes a bit of care to keep it looking its best. As a natural material, leather takes care, but it can become much more beautiful over time if you care for it in the correct way.
From the Wright auction pieces, you can choose anything from the texture and natural beauty of artisan-quality leather to the color and practical appeal of protected leathers. Because of the flexibility of leather furniture, it is important to choose a piece that fits your lifestyle, stylistic preferences, and desired texture. The auction gives a more aspiring life to practical objects, a revolutionary innovative challenge in an industry that is based on staid tradition.
What makes every auction put on by Wright exciting is the attention to detail and passion for the story behind the craft, and of course we'll show you the most inspiring pieces below:
RED DOUBLE COBRA LAMP | A leather-and-metal stool by Poul Kjaerholm.
CARLO MOLLINO’S TIPO B CHAIR | A single side chair, and unequivocal masterwork by Italian architect, designer, and engineer Carlo Mollino.
VERNER PANTON BACHELOR CHAIR | A classic design by Verner Panton for Fritz Hansen in Denmark (1955). The Bachelor Chair convinces with its filigree, restraining form in brown leather.
COMMITTEE ARMCHAIR by Pierre Jeanneret & Le Corbusier | A structure made of white wood and covered with leather and refurbished according to the Assembly’s color code.
HANS WEGNER | A swivel office chair made for Johannes Hansen, 1955.
JEAN-MICHEL FRANK | Tabourets, c.1938, produced by Comte, Argentina, features clean lines and served to complement art collections.
ELIZABETH CHAIR by Ib KofodLarsen (1956) | A signature work of Ib Kofod-Larsen, the U-56 easy chair from 1956 was acquired by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
The auction house in Chicago has come a long way, playing a major role in setting up a market for twentieth-century modern design that Wright has continually sold over the years, as well as acting as a broad-spectrum forum to encourage large-scale design.
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