The international architecture firm SOM is best known for its stolid glass towers, but partner Roger Duffy has shown that is not the only way. One of his favorite modes is collaborating with the Minimalist artists he admires to create experiential (and experimental) spaces, buildings not unlike the installations of these artists—James Turrell, Lawrence Weiner, Rita McBride. But that is not the only work this daring designer has created. Here are a dozen of his projects from the past decade, ranging from schools to luxury condo towers and international airports.
Am Isamu Noguchi fossil marble table, commissioned in 1948 by Mr. and Mrs. Samuel C. Dretzin, sold for more than twice its high estimate today at Christie’s Important 20th Century Decorative Art & Design sale, making $2,882,500 with buyer’s premium. It had been estimated to sell for between $800,000 and $1.2 million and is, according to the accompanying text, the “most important piece of Noguchi furniture ever to come to public sale.” According to the Artnet database, it is the most expensive work of Noguchi ever sold in a design sale and the third-highest price ever realized for a work by the artist.