Modern Design


Hindman’s Modern Design department is devoted to every major design movement from the past century to the present day, ranging from Art Nouveau and Art Deco through Postmodernism and Contemporary Design & Craft. Our programming aims to showcase our passion for this rich history by offering works by and for an international design audience. The biannual Modern Design and Early 20th Century Design auctions aim to engage discerning collectors as well as first-time buyers by championing exciting and important designers from history’s most innovative design epoch. In addition to our keystone auctions, the Modern Design department’s programming also includes our quarterly Fine Art + Design Selections series, which has become a go-to for industry professionals and young collectors alike.


Modern Design

Hindman’s Modern Design program focuses on design from the International Style through the Studio Movements and Contemporary Design & Craft. The department handles works from a wide variety of celebrated designers, architects, and craftspeople of the 20th century that came to define the various International Modernist Movements. Additionally, the department showcases works from the American Studio Furniture, Studio Pottery, and Studio Art Glass Movements, as well as highlights the metalsmiths and weavers of the era. The department aims to present thoughtfully curated auctions guided by scholarship, the current market, and international collecting trends.

Early 20th Century Design

Hindman’s Early 20th Century Design program is devoted to the major international design movements from the late 19th century through the first quarter of the 20th century, including Art Nouveau, Vienna Secession, Arts & Crafts and Art Deco. Our biannual auctions showcase works by the most important designers from this innovative period, such as Louis Marjorelle, Josef Hoffmann, the Roycrofters, Frank Lloyd Wright and Gustav Stickley; studio ceramics from Rookwood Pottery, Newcomb College, Van Briggle, Grueby and Zsolnay; metalwork by Gorham, Whiting and Tiffany; and glass and lighting by Gallé, Daum, Lalique, Loetz, Tiffany, Handel and Pairpoint.

Hudson Berry

Director, Specialist, Modern Design

Hudson Berry is the Director and Specialist of the Modern Design department at Hindman.

Having joined the firm in 2018, he evaluates, appraises, catalogues, and researches over 3,000 works of design each year, including property for insurance, donation and estate tax appraisals. In addition, he serves as Head of Sale for multiple live and online sales annually – Hindman’s biannual Modern Design auctions, in addition to serving as Co-Head of Sale for our quarterly Fine Art + Design Selections series as well as our annual How Soon Is Now Post-War Art & Design auctions, while also contributing to multiple cross-departmental and single-owner sales. In addition to his auction commitments at Hindman’s Chicago headquarters, Mr. Berry also evaluates and manages Design property from our twelve National Offices for a wide variety of sale and appraisal platforms.

Prior to joining Hindman, Mr. Berry served for eight years as Co-Founder and Co-Director of Condition Report Conservation, which grew to become one of the nation’s most in-demand studios specializing in the conservation and restoration of 20th-century design and decorative arts. Through applied research, the studio was able to facilitate major projects for some of the nation’s leading institutions, galleries, design fairs and auction houses. Alongside the regular conservation of rare and important works of design, the studio also had the privilege of working on multiple single-owner collections and high-profile single-designer sales for auction and exhibition.

 

Hudson Berry

Director, Specialist, Modern Design

Jennifer Howe

Senior Specialist, Early 20th Century Design, Furniture and Decorative Arts

Jennifer Howe is a Senior Specialist of Early 20th Century Design at Hindman.

Ms. Howe joined the firm in 2012 working as a specialist in the American and European Furniture and Decorative Arts department as well as the Modern and Contemporary Art and Design department.

Previously, Ms. Howe served as Associate Curator of Decorative Arts at the Cincinnati Art Museum, where she curated exhibitions focusing on American and European furniture, silver, glass and ceramics. Additionally, she was an instructor of Art History at the Art Academy of Cincinnati, an independent consultant to museums and a lecturer on decorative arts. Ms. Howe’s research and publications have focused on late 19th- and early 20th-century decorative arts and design, in particular, on Cincinnati Arts and Crafts metalwork and furniture. Ms. Howe served as editor and contributing author of the book Cincinnati Art-Carved Furniture and Interiors. She received a BA from the University of Cincinnati and an MA in Art History from the University of Minnesota.

Jennifer Howe

Senior Specialist, Early 20th Century Design, Furniture and Decorative Arts

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Complimentary Auction Estimates​

You are welcome to submit itemselectronically or to contact any of our offices directly.​​

Our specialists are eager to help you learn more about your collection and current auction sale estimates. ​

To begin an estimate, our specialists will need:​

  • At least 3 photos​
  • Detailed description​
  • Details on signatures or marks

Auction Specialists

Hudson Berry

Director, Specialist, Modern Design

Jennifer Howe

Senior Specialist, Early 20th Century Design, Furniture and Decorative Arts

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