Light & Aerie: The Collection of Lee F. Mindel

Last year, at the talk in Design Miami, which I have co-hosted with David Netto, Lee Mindel was presented as the ultimate design connoisseur of our time. With his brilliant choices, passion for the history of architecture and design, and impeccable, educated taste, Lee has influenced two generations of architects and interior designers interested in creating the art of living in and in the finest expression of the art of the interior. Next week, his collection will be auctioned off by Phillips in a single-owner sale entitled ‘Light & Aerie: The Collection of Lee F. Mindel.’ A partner in the firm Shelton, Mindel & Associates, Mindel has a special love for objects designed by some of the giants of modern design, and among his heroes, we can notice Ettore Sottsass, Antoni Gaudi, Charlotte Perriand, and Danish designer Poul Kjærholm whose furniture he has rediscovered, and placed in so many of the magnificent homes he has created over the years. In the light of this sale in which Mindel will part from his beloved design collection, many wonder what would be his next endevour and what would be the character of his new residence at Herzog & de Meuron’s 56 Leonard Street. All photos @Michael Moran/Otto @Phillips 
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Tom Dixon, “Pylon” chair Estimate: $3,000-4,000

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Alexandre Noll, Exceptional torso sculpture, 1950s Estimate: $100,000-150,000

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Jean Prouvé, Room divider/screen, circa 1959 Estimate: $70,000-90,000

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Charlotte Perriand, Free-form dining table, model no. 242, circa 1959 Estimate: $100,000-150,000

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Ron Arad, “D-Sofa”, 1994 Estimate: $100,000-150,000

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Poul Kjærholm, Rare Molded Aluminum Chair, 1953 Estimate: $80,000-120,000

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Tom Dixon, “Pylon” table Estimate: $8,000-12,000

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Line Vautrin, Unique “Huître” mirror, circa 1958 Estimate: $80,000-120,000

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