Wright Stuff: Laurent House Will Go on the Block

(Photos courtesy Wright)

What do you get the design lover who has everything? The answer can inevitably be found in the sublimely photographed catalogue for Wright’s bi-annual Important Design sale, and this season the Chicago auction house has outdone itself with works that include jaw-dropping Gio Ponti pieces designed for Villa Arreaza in Caracas (Santa, we’ll take the dining table!), the largest of Bertoia’s hollow-copper gongs, and a Rembrandt Bugatti cast-bronze condor that would make an ideal Christmas surprise for the Mulleavy sisters. And grab one of those giant Lexus-style red bows for the top lot: the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Kenneth Laurent House and furnishings. The Rockford, Illinois property has been consigned by its original owner, a disabled veteran who recognized Wright’s open-plan designs as a beautiful and functional fit for his wheelchair. Laurent and his wife became chummy with the architect and later commissioned interior furnishings for the home, which Wright referred to as his “little gem.” The place goes on the auction block at Wright on December 15 and is estimated to fetch between $500,000 and $700,000.