Philip Johnson 1906–2005

Philip Johnson is one of the most prolific and ingenious architects of the modern era. Johnson attended Harvard University in 1923 to study Greek. Upon his graduation in 1927, Johnson toured Europe and explored emerging architectural movements such as the Bauhaus school in Germany. In 1930, Johnson became the director of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and in 1932 he collaborated with the architectural historian Henry-Russell Hitchcock for an exhibition on International Style. In 1942, Johnson returned the Harvard Graduate School of Architecture, where his thesis project and home – the Glass House, New Canaan, Connecticut, 1949 – established Johnson as leader of the modernist style. A clear homage to Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and the influence of Bauhaus, the Glass House makes use of industrial materials with glass walls and steel beams. In the 1950s, Johnson had the chance to work with his idol, as he joined Mies van der Rohe in designing the Seagram Building, planning its interiors and designing the iconic Four Seasons Restaurant. During the 1960s, Johnson moved away from Modernism and began to create designs in styles ranging from Romanesque to Neo-Classical, as evidenced by his orthodox Amon Center Museum at Dallas Fort Worth. Later, Johnson moved into his Post-Modern period, creating buildings like the Williams Tower in Houston and the 550 Madison Avenue Building in New York. Johnson died in 2005 leaving behind a legacy of notable structures including the Lipstick Building in New York, the David Koch Theater in New York, and the Booth House in New Bedford, among many others.

Auction Results Philip Johnson

PHILIP JOHNSON ASSOCIATES, Curved banquette and table 35 from the Grill Room | wright20.com

Philip Johnson Associates

Curved banquette and table 35 from the Grill Room

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $62,500
PHILIP JOHNSON ASSOCIATES, Three-sided banquette and table 37 from the Grill Room | wright20.com

Philip Johnson Associates

Three-sided banquette and table 37 from the Grill Room

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $52,500
PHILIP JOHNSON AND RICHARD KELLY, floor lamp from the Pavilion House, Bristol | wright20.com

Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly

floor lamp from the Pavilion House, Bristol

estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $42,500
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE WITH PHILIP JOHNSON, Four Seasons bar stools from the Grill Room, pair | wright20.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson

Four Seasons bar stools from the Grill Room, pair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $23,040
PHILIP JOHNSON AND RICHARD KELLY, floor lamps, pair | wright20.com

Philip Johnson and Richard Kelly

floor lamps, pair

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,250
PHILIP JOHNSON ASSOCIATES, Uplights from the Pool Room, pair | wright20.com

Philip Johnson Associates

Uplights from the Pool Room, pair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $18,750
LUDWIG MIES VAN DER ROHE WITH PHILIP JOHNSON, Four Seasons bar stools from the Grill Room, pair | wright20.com

Ludwig Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson

Four Seasons bar stools from the Grill Room, pair

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $18,750
PHILIP JOHNSON AND JOHN BURGEE, Presentation model for the International Corporate Headquarters of AT&T, New York | wright20.com

Philip Johnson and John Burgee

Presentation model for the International Corporate Headquarters of AT&T, New York

estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $18,750
PHILIP JOHNSON, six outdoor lights from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth | wright20.com

Philip Johnson

six outdoor lights from the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth

estimate: $8,000–10,000
result: $15,000
PHILIP JOHNSON, Perching sofa from The Four Seasons | wright20.com

Philip Johnson

Perching sofa from The Four Seasons

estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $10,000
PHILIP JOHNSON, console from the Torno penthouse | wright20.com

Philip Johnson

console from the Torno penthouse

estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,400
PHILIP JOHNSON, floor lamps from the Robert C. Wiley House, New Canaan, Connecticut | wright20.com

Philip Johnson

floor lamps from the Robert C. Wiley House, New Canaan, Connecticut

estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,260