Today new details were announced on the fate of iconic The Four Seasons Restaurant’s interior, including the auction house and certain pieces that will be sold. The Four Seasons was opened in 1959 and is located within the Mies van der Rohe and Philip Johnson-designed Seagram Building. Mies and Johnson also designed the restaurant’s interior, which was designated an interior landmark by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission.
While the restaurant has been a staple of New York City’s high-end social scene, the building’s owner—Aby Rosen and his company, RFR Holding—last summer announced they would not renew The Four Season’s lease. The restaurant, which is separately owned by Julian Niccolini and Alex von Bidder, will close at its current location on July 16 and move to a location nearby. While it’s been known that Niccolini and von Bidder would sell off the restaurant’s original furniture and decor, it was announced today that the auction house Wright would be conducting the auction on July 26. “The auction will be live on-site, and open to the public,” said a public relations agency representing Wright. “From July 20-26, there will be a public preview at The Four Seasons Restaurant.”
The furniture includes designs by Mies and, according to the New York Times, “Garth and Ada Louise Huxtable…designed the table settings and some of the furniture” as well. The press representative informed us the sale will include:
- The Grill Room’s banquettes
- All furniture including the original suite of Barcelona seating from the travertine lobby
- Custom Tulip tables with polished bronze tops
- Groups of custom Brno chairs
- Objects such as custom wine coolers, planters, serving carts, and bespoke pots and pans
A full list of the lots, along with images of them, are not yet available.