Gene Summers started his professional career the summer of 1950 when he was a graduate student at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. His first job was working on the Farnsworth House just outside of Plano, Illinois with the modern master, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Following graduation, Summers became Mies van der Rohe’s right hand man working on a vast range of projects, including the Seagram Building, New York and the National Gallery in Berlin. Summers works with Mies van der Rohe for sixteen years.
In 1967 Summers became a partner at C.F. Murphy Associates where he added more landmark structures to his resume; McCormick Center, Chicago, Kemper Arena, Kansas City, and O’Hare Hilton, Chicago among numerous acclaimed buildings. Summers relocated to California in 1973 when he partnered with Phyllis Lambert to form Ridgeway Ltd. Together, Summers and Lambert designed, developed, restored and renovated properties and buildings, most notably the Biltmore Hotel, Los Angeles, for which they collaborated with the artist Jim Dine.
Summers began creating furniture and sculptures in the mid-1980s. The following works are thoughtfully and carefully executed forms of the highest quality.
Gene Summers 1928–2011
Modernist architect Gene Summers started his illustrious career in 1950 working with Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Directly involved with landmark structures such as the Farnsworth House, Seagramb uilding and the National Gallery of Berlin, Summers earned a reputation as Mies’ right hand man. Hired upon completion of the graduate program at the Illinois Institute of Technology, Summers worked with Mies for sixteen years.
In 1967 Summers became a partner at C.F. Murphy Associates where he completed the McCormick Center of Chicago and Kemper Arena in Kansas City among many other remarkable buildings. In 1973, Summers relocated to California where he partnered with Phyllis Lambert whom he had met during construction of the Seagram building. Together, he and Lambert designed, developed, restored and renovated properties and buildings, most notably the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles for which they collaborated with the artist Jim Dine.
Auction Results Gene Summers
L2 floor lamp
F19 coffee table
dining table, model F16
F6 coffee table