More than just an old-school power-lunch scene, The Four Seasons restaurant has long been considered a paragon of the international style and quintessentially New York. So when it was announced that the Philip Johnson–designed restaurant, located within the tony Mies-designed Seagram Building, would be shutting its doors on July 16, it caused quite a stir. But, not all is lost.
The Pool Room at The Four Seasons restaurant; photo ©Jennifer Calais Smith / all images courtesy of Wright
Pair of patinated-bronze uplights from the Pool Room
The lunchers will still be able to dine at The Four Seasons when it reopens in a new space just minutes away — and design-savvy collectors will be able to own a piece of the original Philip Johnson–crafted experience.
AT&T World Headquarters lithograph on paper signed by Philip Johnson and John Burgee
Original illuminated signage from entrance awning
All of the original midcentury furnishings, tableware and objects designed by the architect, along with other icons including Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Eero Saarinen and Hans Wegner, will make up 600 lots in a live onsite auction by Wright on July 26.
Bronze signage on the entrance stairs leading to Picasso alley; proceeds from this lot will benefit the Canadian Centre for Architecture.
Three-sided banquette and table 32 from the Grill Room
The lots include anything and everything: The famed Pool Room’s uplights, Saarinen’s Tulip chairs from the Ladies’ Lounge, the entrance awning’s illuminated signage, Mies’ Barcelona chairs and table in the lobby, Grill Room tables and banquettes, signed prints, serving carts, ashtrays and dishware, the kitchen’s sausage grinder and cookware and all the Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable–designed tabletop items from stemware and floor-standing wine coolers to flatware and bread baskets.
Saarinen Tulip tables
Mies Barcelona chairs in the entrance lobby
Public previews of the available lots — priced from a reasonable $100 up to $15,000 — will be held at the restaurant from July 20 to 25, but you can also see the offerings on Wright’s website now.
Pair of cantilevered barstools (designed by Mies and Johnson) from the Grill Room
Pair of teak and vinyl chairs (designed by Wegner) from the Grill Room
A sampling of the various tableware and serverware