In the Easy Edges catalog, the strength of Gehry's cardboard furniture was illustrated with an image of the R Stools supporting a Volkswagen Bug. 

Frank O. Gehry: Design & Architecture, Vitra, pg. 7

I found the material that people hated the most and used the most. So, I was going and try and see if I could play with it sculpturally.

Frank Gehry

Mark McDonald

The Founder of Mid-century Design

Mark McDonald has always been at the epicenter of the world that is mid-century design, to a large extent, it is a world he created. For over forty years, Mark has pioneered whole fields of collecting, providing the scholarship and creating the market for mid-century furniture, studio jewelry, ceramics and Italian glass.

Fifty/50 store front; Ralph Cutler, Mark Isaacson and Mark McDonald

In 1983, Mark opened Fifty/50 with partners Mark Isaacson and Ralph Cutler. This groundbreaking gallery defined collectors’ taste. At the time, modern works were still largely overlooked; Mark and his partners collected and presented the rarest and most interesting pieces, often working with the makers themselves, to create compelling exhibitions accompanied by catalogs documenting the work. 

Fifty/50 opened its doors with an exhibition of Eames design; Mark McDonald and Ray Eames

In the 1990s, Mark opened Gansevoort Gallery, where he continued to curate collections and exhibitions of lasting impact. Over the years, he established relationships with artists and their estates becoming the go to authority on the designs of Art Smith, Ilonka Karaz and Leza McVey, among others. His enthusiasm for the material extended beyond the gallery floor to the back room where lucky visitors got to flip through Mark’s impressive design reference library and discuss the importance of works with him. 

Art Smith with his Spiral necklace design; Mark hosted an exhibition on Art Smith at Gansevoort Gallery. He support of the artist extended to the Brooklyn Museum to which Mark donated several Smith pieces for their collection.

A connoisseur and wealth of knowledge, Mark became a resource for prominent collections across the globe—private and public alike. He inspired a generation of collectors and dealers introducing designers and their production to an audience that continues to grow. In 2002, Mark closed Gansevoort and established 330 gallery in Hudson, New York. Now, semi-retired, Marks splits his time between New York and Florida. He still collects, curates, supports, and shepherds the scholarship of mid-century design. 

Wright is honored to offer the following sixty plus works from Mark McDonald’s personal collection.

Frank Gehry b. 1929

Frank Gehry was born on February 28, 1929 in Toronto, Canada. His family moved to Los Angeles where Gehry would attend the University of Southern California earning his bachelor degree in architecture in 1954. In 1956 Gehry moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to study city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he completed only two years of the program before returning to Los Angeles. Back in California, Gehry worked for Hideo Sasaki, Pereira & Luckman, Victor Gruen & Associates and André Remondet before starting his own firm, Frank Gehry and Associates in 1962.

Early projects in his career, such as his Easy Edges furniture line (1969-1973) comprised of chairs, stools and tables made of stacked corrugated cardboard, and his 1978 remodel of his Santa Monica residence using industrial items such as chain-link fencing, corrugated metal, wire-reinforced glass and plywood exhibit Gehry’s innovative use of materials and originality in form. By the 1980s Gehry was established in the field and in 1989 he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his experimental and extraordinary approach to design. Gehry rose to fame with important structures and projects such as the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (1997) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003). Today Gehry is well-known for his distinct, artistic style.

Auction Results Frank Gehry

FRANK GEHRY, Winton Guest House | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Winton Guest House
estimate: $1,000,000–1,500,000
result: $905,000

FRANK GEHRY, work tables for Chiat/Day Temporary Offices, Venice, California | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

work tables for Chiat/Day Temporary Offices, Venice, California
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $44,840

FRANK GEHRY, conference table for the Chiat/Day Temporary Offices, Venice, California | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

conference table for the Chiat/Day Temporary Offices, Venice, California
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $33,040

FRANK GEHRY, Bubbles chaise lounge | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Bubbles chaise lounge
estimate: $12,000–15,000
result: $29,900

FRANK GEHRY, Bubbles chaise lounge from the Experimental Edges Series | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Bubbles chaise lounge from the Experimental Edges Series
estimate: $20,000–30,000
result: $21,600

FRANK GEHRY, Bubbles chaise | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Bubbles chaise
estimate: $15,000–20,000
result: $18,750

FRANK GEHRY, Snake lamp | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Snake lamp
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $16,800

FRANK GEHRY, rocking chair | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

rocking chair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $11,250

FRANK GEHRY, Snake lamp | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Snake lamp
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $11,115

FRANK GEHRY, Snake lamp | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Snake lamp
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,625

FRANK GEHRY, Memory of Sophie Calle's Flower | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Memory of Sophie Calle's Flower
estimate: $10,000–15,000
result: $10,625

FRANK GEHRY, Daisy coffee table | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Daisy coffee table
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $10,350

FRANK GEHRY, Bubbles chaise lounge | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Bubbles chaise lounge
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $10,000

FRANK GEHRY, Grandpa Beaver armchair from the Experimental Edges series | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Grandpa Beaver armchair from the Experimental Edges series
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $9,600

FRANK GEHRY, prototype Wiggle chair | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

prototype Wiggle chair
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $8,750

FRANK GEHRY, Hat Trick chairs, set of eight | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Hat Trick chairs, set of eight
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $8,750

FRANK GEHRY, Wiggle stools, pair | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Wiggle stools, pair
estimate: $4,000–6,000
result: $8,400

FRANK GEHRY, custom coffee table from the Chiat/Day offices in Venice | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

custom coffee table from the Chiat/Day offices in Venice
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $8,125

FRANK GEHRY, Easy Edges chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Easy Edges chair and ottoman
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $7,500

FRANK GEHRY, Snake lamp | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Snake lamp
estimate: $7,000–9,000
result: $7,500

FRANK GEHRY, Little Beaver chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Little Beaver chair and ottoman
estimate: $5,000–7,000
result: $6,875

FRANK GEHRY, Little Beaver chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Little Beaver chair and ottoman
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,558

FRANK GEHRY, Little Beaver chair and ottoman | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

Little Beaver chair and ottoman
estimate: $3,000–5,000
result: $5,558

FRANK GEHRY, wiggle stool | wright20.com

Frank Gehry

wiggle stool
estimate: $4,000–5,000
result: $5,463