Photo by Charles David Smith
COCKTAIL HOUR . . . The Dallas Architecture Forum's 365 Modern Living Cocktail Receptions launches on April 30 with a spectacular private gallery/guest house. 

Located on four acres on the back grounds of a home owned by a leading Dallas philanthropic couple, its posh pedigree is not just about the multi-million dollars worth of art inside, but the world-class team that worked on it. And it was a dream team for sure: architect Bill Booziotis and Company, interior designer Andree Putman and landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh

The owners—whose contemporary art collection had grown so much that they needed to build something appropriate to house it—envisioned a modern version of the Frick Collection or the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, both former private homes turned into intimate museums.  Here is some of what you'll see when you go to the reception: an undulating brick wall created for the site by Sol LeWitt; a 70 ft. wide x 21 ft. high gallery intersected by rooms, including the living room with its 26 ft. high ceiling. 

Attendance for the series of three receptions is limited. Tickets are $150-$175 for the series or $75 per evening. You can purchase your tickets online at the Forum's site, here. Dates for the other receptions are May 15 and June 12—stay posted, as I'll be showing images from those homes soon.

Photo by Charles David Smith

Photo by Charles David Smith
Photo by Charles David Smith
Photo by Charles David Smith
Photo by Charles David Smith

Photo by Charles David Smith

Heritage Auction's Amazing Modern Furniture/Art Auction!

Chest of drawers, 1991, by Tejo Remy for Droog; current bid: $5,000

Scrambled Eggs. . . or maybe a Word Jumble, or what a dresser might look like after a 7.5 earth quake. Made of maple and held together with a jute strap, this dresser is probably the most recognizable piece ever produced by the famous Dutch furniture manufacturer, Droog, and it's going up for sale in Dallas at Heritage Auctions on April 23 at 2pm. Heritage is offering a dozen or so Droog items from The Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas, and they're currently on view at the auction house's annex at 1518 Slocum St. in the Dallas Design District.

But there are many dozens of other iconic 20th century items going up for sale including almost pristine vintage pieces by Saarinen, Platner, Florence Knoll, Eames, Schultz, and stunning artwork by Vasarely and Bertoia. There will be a few highlights on view at the Dallas Art Fair (April 10-13), but you'll be able to preview the entire sale beginning April 19 at the Annex. Heritage is also inviting you to a preview party from 6-8 pm on April 22 (just or call 214.409.1050 and let the know you're coming)

Heritage specifically asked me to relay how welcome everyone is and how easy it is to bid—you can follow the auction online here, do it by telephone or smart phone, or come in person and be a part of the live experience. Many of the pieces have low starting bids of just a few hundred dollars, which almost guarantees frenzied bidding. 

Here are some of my favorites:

1956 Eero Saarinen oval dining table;  opening bid, $1,500

Mario Minale's 2007 red blue LEGO chair; opening bid, $5,000

Knoll International chaise longue; opening bid, $1,250

1954 Florence Knoll sofa; opening bid, $700

Victory Vasarely's 1981 Tokyo silkscreen; current bid, $200

Set of 8, 1960 side chairs by Richard Schultz; opening bid, $700

Charles Eames' 1960 Time Life stools with smoked glass tops; current bid, $800

Pair of Marcel Wanders' (for Droog) 1996 knotted chairs; opening bid, $1,000

Harry Bertoia's 1970 large-scale, Spray sculpture; opening bid, $25,000

Warren Platner's 1955 side table; opening bid, $200

Sofie Lachaert's 2006 silver Sugar Cage; opening bid, $300