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Frank Gehry (USA, b. 1929)

With magnificent buildings such as the Guggenheim Bilbao , Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles and the new Foundation Louis Vuitton in Paris, Frank Gehry (b. 1929) has changed the nature and spirit of contemporary architecture. Yet the world’s best-known living architect has also enjoyed a prolific career as a designer of artful and functional objects, ranging from furniture to jewelry, that even at smaller scale are as lively and captivating as his architectural designs.


Gehry was born in Toronto and moved with his family to Los Angeles in 1947. He received a degree in architecture from the University of Southern California in 1954 and—after several years of casting about that included a stint in the U.S. Army and studies at Harvard — Gehry opened his architectural practice in L.A. in 1962. Idiosyncratic renovations to his small, traditional house in Santa Monica — such as cladding portions of the exterior in chain-link fencing and corrugated metal — drew attention to Gehry in architectural circles. Corporate and institutional commissions added to his reputation, culminating in the global acclaim that greeted the opening of the Guggenheim Bilbao in 1997. But the combination of visual dynamism and structural integrity expressed by that building had been evident for decades in Gehry’s designs. In 1972 he introduced a much-admired line of furniture he called Easy Edges. The curves and flowing lines of the pieces seem antithetical to the material are made from: cardboard—a presumably flimsy material that, when stacked, laminated and folded, is actually extraordinarily sturdy.


Many of Gehry’s designs feature an abstracted fish motif. For the architect, it is a symbol of vitality, strength and flexibility. The fish appears in a group of 1982 plastic lamps created for Formica (and exhibited by The Jewish Museum in New York in 2010). Gehry used the motif in crystal goblets for Swid Powell (1990), his Pito kettle for Alessi (1992) and as earrings for a 2006 jewelry collection for Tiffany that also includes torqued rings, necklaces and bangles. Gehry returned to furniture design in 1992 with a remarkably energetic line of furniture for Knoll with frames and seating made of bent, lightweight wooden strops. (The pieces have names, such as Power Play and Cross Check, derived from ice hockey.) In 2004, Heller released a group of twisted, faceted furnishings in molded polyethylene meant to evoke Gehry’s architecture. But — whether its tableware, jewelry, or furniture — all Gehry’s designs do that--sharing an animated aesthetic built on a solid foundational core. To possess a piece of Gehry design is to own one of his buildings, in miniature.

Laminated Birch Plywood Table Designed by Frank Gehry
By Frank Gehry
Located in Portland, ME
In 2004, Frank Gehry designed the Ray and Maria Strata Center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge -- including the interior spaces. This table was designed for us...
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21st Century and Contemporary Canadian Modern Dining Room Tables

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Plywood

Postmodern Corrugated Cardboard Bowl or Vessel
By Frank Gehry
Located in Miami, FL
Postmodern bowl or vessel rendered in mauve pink painted corrugated cardboard, reminiscent of easy edges line by Frank Gehry.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Decorative Bowls

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Paper

Postmodern Corrugated Cardboard Vase
By Flute Chicago, Frank Gehry
Located in Miami, FL
Postmodern vase rendered in mauve pink painted corrugated cardboard, reminiscent of easy edges Line by Frank Gehry.
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Vases

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Paper

Frank Ghery Book by Jason K. Miller
By Frank Gehry
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
Frank Ghery Book by Jason K. Miller This volume surveys about 20 of architect Frank Gehry's innovative designs, from the Schnabel residence in California to the Nationale-Nederlande...
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Early 2000s North American Modern Books

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Paper

Frank Gehry for Heller Right-Twist Stools, Set of 3
By Frank Gehry
Located in Philadelphia, PA
This trio of Heller stools has been recently updated. We thought it would be fun to have these painted in the three primary colors. The “right twist” stool was designed in 2004 by Fr...
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Early 2000s American Post-Modern Stools

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Plastic

Frank Gehry "Wiggle" Stools, Cardboard, Masonite, Easy Edges, Inc, 1970s
By Frank Gehry
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
A pair of early production "Wiggle" stools, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Produced by Easy Edges, Inc, United States / Canada, 1970s. Produced in corrugated cardboard and masonite.
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Vintage 1970s American Modern Stools

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Masonite, Paper

Frank O. Gehry's "Wiggle" Side Chairs and Stools, Vitra 1990s
By Frank Gehry, Vitra
Located in Vienna, AT
Set of sculptural "Wiggle" chairs and stools from the iconic Easy Edges collection of cardboard furniture designed by Frank O. Gehry, manufactured by Vitra in 1990s. They feature a c...
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1990s German Post-Modern Side Chairs

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Paper

Easy Edges Table by Frank Gehry
By Frank Gehry
Located in Dronten, NL
Iconic early original Frank Gehry cardboard and masonite Easy Edges series table or writing desk.  
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Vintage 1970s American Dining Room Tables

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Masonite

"Power Play" Armchair by Franck Gehry, 1990
By Frank Gehry
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional chair Knoll International American Maple Limited Edition 81x 83 x 80 cms perfect condition new circa 1990 9900 Euros.  
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1990s American Armchairs

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Wood

"High Sticking Chair" Chair by Franck Gehry, 1990
By Frank Gehry
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional chair Knoll International American maple limited edition Measures: 110 x 51 x 61 cms perfect condition new signed and numbered circa 1990 2900 Euros.
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1990s American Armchairs

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Wood

"Hat Trick" Armchair by Franck Gehry, 1990
By Frank Gehry
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional chair Knoll International American Maple Limited Edition Measures: 59 x 57 x 85 cms perfect condition new circa 19900 3900 euros.  
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1990s American Armchairs

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Wood

"Cross Check" Chair by Franck Gehry, 1990
By Frank Gehry
Located in Paris, FR
Exceptional chair Knoll International American maple limited edition Iconic bentwood "Cross Check" armchair by Frank Gehry. A must have for any design connoisseur. Dimensions: 33 ...
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1990s American Armchairs

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Wood

Easy Edges Gaming Table by Frank Gehry
By Frank Gehry
Located in Sagaponack, NY
From architect Frank Gehry's iconic corrugated cardboard Easy Edges series, a rare gaming table having an octagonal top that rests upon three square columns.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Game Tables

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Paper

Pair of Early Frank Gehry Easy Edges Wiggle Side Chairs, 1972
By Frank Gehry
Located in San Francisco, CA
A rare pair of early 1970s Wiggle side chairs by Frank O. Gehry from his innovative and iconic Easy Edges collection of cardboard furniture. Conceived in 1969 and launched in 1972...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Side Chairs

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Wood, Masonite, Paper

Pair of Frank Gehry Bentwood Maple Cross Check Armchairs for Knoll, 1993
By Frank Gehry
Located in Bedford Hills, NY
Beautiful pair of Frank Gehry "Cross Check Series" bentwood maple armchairs, 1993 One of the most celebrated architects of the second half of the 20th century, Frank Gehry has mad...
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1990s American Mid-Century Modern Armchairs

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Maple

Frank Gehry Modern Corrugated Cardboard and Cork 9 Bottle Wine Rack, circa 1980s
By Frank Gehry
Located in Studio City, CA
A fantastic modern design piece by famed American Architect/ Designer Frank Gehry. Made from corrugated cardboard and cork. Becoming quite rare and hard to find these days. A mus...
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Vintage 1980s American Modern Mounted Objects

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Cork, Paper

Frank Gehry Console Table and Wiggle Stools
By Frank Gehry
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural console table and pair of "Wiggle" stools, designed by Frank Gehry for his company Easy Edges Inc, American, circa 1970s. The table measures 27.75" H x 14" D x 60" W. The ...
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Tables

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Wood, Masonite

Frank Gehry Desk and Chair
By Frank Gehry
Located in Atlanta, GA
Sculptural desk and chair, designed by Frank Gehry for his company, Easy Edges Inc, American, circa 1970s. The desk measures 27.75"H x 14"D x 60"W. The chair measures 32.5"H x 14.5"W...
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Vintage 1970s North American Mid-Century Modern Desks and Writing Tables

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Wood, Masonite

Hat Trick Bentwood Chair by Frank Gehry
By Frank Gehry, Knoll
Located in Boston, MA
Designed in 1990, Frank Gehry's lightweight hat trick side chair for Knoll comprises strips of laminated maple veneer. Part of a series inspired by traditional bushel baskets.
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1990s American Side Chairs

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Maple

Power Play Chair and Ottoman by Frank Gehry for Knoll
By Frank Gehry, Knoll
Located in Dallas, TX
Inspired by the surprising strength of the apple crates he played on as a child, Frank Gehry created his thoroughly original collection of bentwood furniture. The ribbon-like designs...
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Late 20th Century American Post-Modern Lounge Chairs

Materials

Maple

Contemporary Modernist Frank Gehry Knoll Face Off Dinette Table Hat Trick Chairs
By Knoll, Frank Gehry
Located in Keego Harbor, MI
For your consideration is an extravagantly designed dinette set, including what is called a face off table and four hat trick armchairs, by Frank Gehry for Knoll, made in America, ci...
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Early 2000s American Modern Dining Room Sets

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Glass, Wood

Mid Century Modern Vintage Cardboard Wiggle Side Chair by Frank O. Gehry, 1972
By Frank Gehry
Located in Vienna, AT
A mid century modern vintage cardboard wiggle chair, which is a great design side chair by Frank O. Gehry, 1972 for Jack Brogan, USA 1972-1973. Reissued by Vitra from 1992 as Wiggle ...
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Paper

Set of Six Frank Gehry High Sticking Chairs
By Frank Gehry, Knoll
Located in Chicago, IL
Set of six high sticking chairs designed by Frank Gehry for Knoll USA, circa 1992-1993 Maple Measures: 43 ½" H x 20 ¼" W x 23 ¾” D x 17 ¾” seat H Label stamped on bott...
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1990s American Modern Dining Room Chairs

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Maple

Frank Gehry Cross Check Chair Bent Maple Wood with Arms Knoll International USA
By Frank Gehry, Knoll
Located in Seevetal, DE
Frank O. Gehry for Knoll. 'Cross Check Chair'. Designed in 1990-1992. Bent maple wood band construction, woven into each other. Marked under the seat. Produced by Knoll Internation...
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1990s American Scandinavian Modern Lounge Chairs

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Maple

Frank Gehry Ebonized "Hat Trick" Chair for Knoll Studios USA
By Knoll, Frank Gehry
Located in Denver, CO
This is a 1990's production of the "Hat Trick" chair designed by Frank O. Gehry for Knoll in 1990. The chair is ebonized in bent wood with a black leather upholstered seat and is a g...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Chairs

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Leather, Bentwood

Study for New Gehry House
By Frank Gehry
Located in Santa Monica, CA
original color lithograph
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Late 20th Century Neo-Constructivist Landscape Prints

Materials

Lithograph

Frank Gehry "Wiggle" Stool
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Original first series of "Easy Edges" production.
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20th Century Stools

Cardboard Puzzle Piece Modular Shelf or Coffee Table Attributed to Frank Gehry
By Frank Gehry
Located in Ferndale, MI
Four pieces of corrugated cardboard that fit together in a variety of ways. Entry way console shelf to coffee cocktail table. Attributed to architect Frank Gehry.
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Vintage 1970s American Mid-Century Modern Shelves

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Other

Pair of Frank Gehry 'Wiggle' Chairs
By Frank Gehry, Vitra
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Pair of Frank Gehry "Wiggle" chairs in corrugated cardboard
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21st Century and Contemporary German Chairs

Materials

Paper

Frank Gehry Cork and Corrugated Cardboard Nine Bottle Wine Rack, circa 1980
By Frank Gehry
Located in Bainbridge, NY
Late 20th Century Cork and Cardboard Wine Rack in the manner of Frank Gehry. Holds up to nine bottles. Sturdy. Classic. Fine condition. Saw little use. Unmarked  
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Late 20th Century American Modern Barware

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Cork, Paper

Frank Gehry 'Superlight' Aluminum Chair
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Made of brushed aluminum and weighing 4.09 kg. Great to use as a desk chair or as an accent anywhere in the home, office or gallery.
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21st Century and Contemporary American Modern Chairs

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Aluminum

1980s Original Jutta + Herbert Ohl Stacking Swing Chair Rosenthal Studio Linie
By Ettore Sottsass, Frank Gehry, Robert Venturi
Located in Washington, DC
Germany, 1982. Black enamel on aluminum, spring steel. Jutta and Herbert Ohl, for Rosenthal Studio Linie Einrichtung. Cantilever chair from the “Swing” Series.
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Vintage 1980s German Post-Modern Chairs

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Metal

Frank Gehry Wiggle Stool
By Frank Gehry
Located in New York, NY
Frank Gehry Wiggle stool. Made of corrugated cardboard and hardboard to the edges. Labeled underneath.
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Vintage 1970s Mid-Century Modern Stools

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Paper

1970s Corrugated Cut Paper Table Lamp
By Frank Gehry
Located in Rochester, NY
Dating from the 1970s a great looking corrugated cut spiral paper bulbous form table lamp in the style of Frank Gehry.
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20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps

Materials

Paper

Vintage Frank Gehry "Wiggle Stool"
By Frank Gehry
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
The Wiggle stool is an iconic design by Frank Gehry. This example is from the original edition produced in 1972. A limited number were made as Mr.gehry stopped the production. Eve...
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Vintage 1970s American Stools

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Masonite

High Sticking Knoll Chairs with cushion Pads
By Frank Gehry
Located in Lake Worth, FL
2 chairs inspired by apple crates, another marvel from Frank Owen GOLDBERG Gehry! one is available for $1800
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20th Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Wood, Maple

Frank Gehry Copper Panelled Gazebo
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
The only Frank Gehry designed gazebo, ever. Designed for the interior of Rebecca's Restaurant-Venice, circa 1983. A steel structure sheathed in copper panels. Currently used outdoor...
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Late 20th Century American Patio and Garden Furniture

1990, Frank Gehry Powerplay by Knoll International
By Frank Gehry, Knoll
Located in IJmuiden, North Holland
Beautiful and ingenious design of 'woven' of bended wood. In very good condition, besides some very small scratches on the inner right armrest (see picture #8) and a tiny pit in the...
Category

1990s German Armchairs

Materials

Wood, Plywood

Frank Gehry Side Chair in Cardboard for Vitra Edition
By Frank Gehry
Located in Denton, MD
Gehry's experimentation with cardboard furniture grew from his extensive use of it in architectural models. To show the strength of the laminated cardboard material, he famously phot...
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Vintage 1970s German Mid-Century Modern Chairs

Materials

Other

Set of 6 Frank Gehry "High Sticking" Tall Chairs
By Frank Gehry
Located in Brooklyn/Toronto, Ontario
A nice set of rarely seen "High Sticking" dining chairs by Frank Gehry for Knoll ca. 1993. These are very early examples and are in a factory black finish which is no longer available.
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Late 20th Century American Dining Room Chairs