Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959, USA)
Peacock chair for the Imperial Hotel,Tokyo, c,1921-1922
Oak frame with seat and back upholstered in oil cloth
Via 64 C H A I R S.
As the number of posts grow and grow, it is more and more necessary to be able to find a specific piece of information back.
The author of 64 Chairs is one of my very early chair inspirators on this blog. There are many more inspirational gems hidden in my blog. Therefor I’ve created the chair inspiration category.
This Peacock chair was especially designed for a famous hotel that has disappeared since. Your’s truly is a hotelier himself. Many more chairs have specifically been designed for use in the hospitality industry. In addition there are those in the hospitality industry who don’t care a lot about design….I believe they should be made aware there is so much more fun when you apply furniture that represents some thought given by a designer. Therefore I’m introducing also a new category which is coined Hotel Bar Restaurant or Nightclub Seating. From those I’m sure I have mentioned examples already here in the blog, even without being aware of the fact.
You’ll see both these categories grow from time to time.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Famous Barrel Chair reproduced.
Via Double Takes and Furniture fashion.
Side chair, ca. 1904
Made by Frank Lloyd Wright (American, 1867 -1959)
Oak; 40 1/8 x 15 x 18 7/8 in. (101.9 x 38.1 x 47.9 cm)
Gift of William and Mary Drummond, 1981 (1981.437)
Frank Lloyd Wright designed this side chair as part of a large set for the employees restaurant in the Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York, which was demolished in 1950. Like the office furniture the dining chairs are spare in decoration and linear in form. In his 1943 autobiography, Wright described the Larkin project as “the first emphatic outstanding protest against the tide of meaningless elaboration sweeping the United States.” Unlike the steel and magnesite office furniture, the oak dining chairs reveal the distinctive influence of De Stijl designers, especially Gerrit Rietveld. The donor, William Drummond, was a protÃƒÂ©gÃƒÂ© of Wright and used this chair in his home after the Larkin building was demolished.
Via The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Northome at the Met wright-chair. The Metropolitan Museum in Manhattan can’t really be said to have anything on display that is not a highlight. However, one of my personal favorite parts of the museum is the Frank Lloyd Wright room, a re-creation of the living room at Northome, formerly of Wayzata, Minnesota. The Met’s reassembled room contains some beautiful pieces of Wright-designed furniture, including in ingenious collapsable print table and a pair of chairs that seem to be Wright’s update of the Roycroft aesthetic. Recently, the met added an excellent virtual tour of the room to their website.
Hewn and Hammered: Northome at the Met
Last edited by gje on March 15, 2010 at 11:50 PM