Modern Design /28 March 2004

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Bertrand Goldberg

bench
USA, c. 1952
ash
72 w × 19½ d × 12 h in (183 × 50 × 30 cm)

Goldberg's furniture designs were custom-made for specific interiors. The dowel bench was used in several projects from 1945-1954.Literature: Goldberg: On the City, Ragon, pg. 178

estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $2,360

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Bertrand Goldberg 1913–1997

Born in 1913 in Chicago, Bertrand was exposed to new ways of thinking at an early age. His older sister had broken conventions and was active in radical street theater and the Goodman Theater, a hotbed of progressive thinking. Bertrand left Chicago to study architecture at Harvard College and then went to the Bauhaus in Berlin, one of several Americans at this exceptional, short-lived school for architecture, design and the arts. He worked in Mies van der Rohe’s office, and returned to the United States at the end of 1933 when the Bauhaus was closed. Guided by Philip Johnson to return to Chicago, Bertrand began working in 1934 for the modernist architects Keck and Keck. In 1937, he started his own practice, doing both residential projects and industrial design. He designed prefabricated housing in 1939, and expanded his involvement into factory production of their premade components. During the war he put this knowledge to work for the government, designing portable medical labs that could readily be demounted and assembled. These early projects furthered Bertrand’s interest in structures that could be quickly and affordably constructed, eventually leading to the architect’s embrace of advantageous forms and techniques.

In 1946, Bertrand married Nancy Florsheim, daughter of Lillian and Irving Florsheim of the Florsheim Shoe Company. His mother-in-law, Lillian, was an accomplished artist and avid art collector and the two formed a friendship with shared appreciation of materials, formal innovation and a deep interest in the formal issues of design. At the end of the 1950s, Goldberg began work on two large commissions: the residential high-rise, Astor Tower, was followed by his masterwork, Marina City, the project for which he is best known. This massive project was an entirely new concept in urban planning, and the culmination of his unique design philosophy and innovative engineering. A “city within a city”, it was a complex which encompassed all aspects of life—residential apartments for the middle class, dining and entertainment, and offices and recreational areas were all contained within a meticulously planned urban environment. Socially progressive, Bertrand continued to apply his design philosophy to affordable housing projects, hospitals, college campuses and residential buildings in years following. Bertrand Goldberg Associates also grew, employing over 100 people by the end of the 1970s. His office’s last major commission was Wright College, a five building campus in Chicago’s northwest side, completed in 1992; Bertrand died five years later. His legacy remains visible in the Chicago Skyline, and Bertrand Goldberg’s designs continue to be among the most recognizable and defining buildings of the city.

Auction Results Bertrand Goldberg

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Lightbox featuring the Chicago Chamber of Commerce | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Lightbox featuring the Chicago Chamber of Commerce
estimate: $1,000–1,500

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Lightbox featuring the Chicago Post Office and Custom House | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Lightbox featuring the Chicago Post Office and Custom House
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $975

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Lightbox featuring Randolph Street, Chicago | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Lightbox featuring Randolph Street, Chicago
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $937

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, ABC Building (three works) | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

ABC Building (three works)
estimate: $200–300
result: $500

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, collection of eight presentation boards | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

collection of eight presentation boards
estimate: $300–500
result: $1,000

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, collection of fifteen photographs of early architectural projects | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

collection of fifteen photographs of early architectural projects
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,000

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Lightbox featuring the Chicago Chamber of Commerce | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Lightbox featuring the Chicago Chamber of Commerce
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $938

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Hospital photographs, collection of nineteen | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Hospital photographs, collection of nineteen
estimate: $300–500
result: $1,125

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, River City photographs, collection of five | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

River City photographs, collection of five
estimate: $200–300
result: $344

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Marina City photographs, collection of ten | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Marina City photographs, collection of ten
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $910

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, collection of seven architectural posters | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

collection of seven architectural posters
estimate: $500–700
result: $1,625

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, wall-mounted desk from the offices of Bertrand Goldberg Associates | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

wall-mounted desk from the offices of Bertrand Goldberg Associates
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $4,688

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, custom coffee table from the Bertrand Goldberg Residence | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

custom coffee table from the Bertrand Goldberg Residence
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $2,125

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Model for Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Model for Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY
estimate: $2,000–3,000

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, custom bench for the Marina City Theater Lobby | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

custom bench for the Marina City Theater Lobby
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,813

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, collection of five presentation boards | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

collection of five presentation boards
estimate: $200–300
result: $313

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Record rack for Bertrand Goldberg's personal office | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Record rack for Bertrand Goldberg's personal office
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $8,125

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, River City I | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

River City I
estimate: $300–500
result: $585

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, North Pole Ice Cream Station presentation board | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

North Pole Ice Cream Station presentation board
estimate: $200–300
result: $520

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, River City III elevation | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

River City III elevation
estimate: $1,000–1,500
result: $1,250

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Marina City (three works) | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Marina City (three works)
estimate: $200–300
result: $500

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, 860–880 Lake Shore Drive | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

860–880 Lake Shore Drive
estimate: $500–700
result: $250

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Spice rack for the house of Lillian Florsheim | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Spice rack for the house of Lillian Florsheim
estimate: $2,000–3,000
result: $3,000

BERTRAND GOLDBERG, Model for Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY | Wright20.com

Bertrand Goldberg

Model for Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY
estimate: $2,000–3,000

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