The November 14 Modern Design auction at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers will include works by important American designers such as George Nakashima, Sam Maloof, William “Billy” Haines, Samuel Marx, Edward Wormley and Paul Evans. The sale will also feature a session of early 20th century design and a collection of property from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Avery Coonley Playhouse, including custom Nakashima furniture.
The Coonley collection includes furniture by George Nakashima that was custom built for the playhouse when updated in the 1980s by the consignors of the collection. Nakashima is known to have preferred working on commission as opposed to mass-producing his designs. The custom Nakashima furniture was executed in 1989, making it some of the last works by the designer who died in 1990. Having trained under Antonin Raymond in Tokyo, who was at one time a student of Frank Lloyd Wright, Nakashima’s design naturally tied the traditional aesthetic of the Avery Coonley Playhouse to a more modern one.