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Frank Gehry

American, Canadian, 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 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, which include the Wiggle chair, 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' names, such as Power Play and Cross Check, derive 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.

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Knoll Hat Trick Chair by Frank Gehry
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Inspired by the apple crates he played with as a child, Frank Gehry created a collection of bentwood furniture. Using ribbon-like design he transcended the conventions of style in th...
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20th Century American Modern Frank Gehry

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Maple

  • Knoll Hat Trick Chair by Frank Gehry
  • Knoll Hat Trick Chair by Frank Gehry
  • Knoll Hat Trick Chair by Frank Gehry
  • Knoll Hat Trick Chair by Frank Gehry
H 33.5 in. W 23.375 in. D 22.25 in.
Hat Trick Armchair by Frank Gehry for Knoll
By Frank Gehry
Located in San Francisco, CA
A beautiful bent maple chair from the Gehry Collection for Knoll. The chair is heat stamped with Frank Gehry's signature, the Knoll logo, and the date of production. It is rigid, yet...
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Late 20th Century American Modern Frank Gehry

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Maple

  • Hat Trick Armchair by Frank Gehry for Knoll
  • Hat Trick Armchair by Frank Gehry for Knoll
  • Hat Trick Armchair by Frank Gehry for Knoll
  • Hat Trick Armchair by Frank Gehry for Knoll
H 33.5 in. W 20 in. D 22.25 in.
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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1980s American Modern Vintage Frank Gehry

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Cork, Paper

Frank Gehry, "Contour" Rocker, Cardboard, Masonite, Easy Edges, Inc, 1970s
By Frank Gehry
Located in West Palm Beach, FL
An early production "Contour" Rocker / Rocking Chaise, designed by architect Frank Gehry. Produced by Easy Edges, Inc, United States / Canada, 1970s. Produced in corrugated cardboard...
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1970s American Modern Vintage Frank Gehry

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Masonite, Paper

Frank Gehry Pair of Easy Edges Chairs and Ottomans
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frank Gehry pair of easy Edges chairs and ottomans. Easy Edges, Inc. Canada/USA, 1972. Laminated cardboard, masonite. Chair: 29¼ H × 23¼ W × 39 D in, ottoman: 14¾ H × 17¾ W × 30 D in...
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Frank Gehry

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Masonite, Paper

Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair
By Frank Gehry
Located in Dronten, NL
Frank Gehry "Easy Edges" wiggle chair made by Vitra. Made of corrugated cardboard and hardboard to the edges. Labeled underneath, excellent condition. Frank Gehry is a Canadian...
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21st Century and Contemporary American Mid-Century Modern Frank Gehry

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Other

  • Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair
  • Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair
  • Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair
  • Frank Gehry Wiggle Chair
H 33.86 in. W 14.18 in. D 25.99 in.
Frank Gehry Prototype Cardboard Screen, UK, 1990s
By Frank Gehry
Located in London, GB
Frank Gehry, the ‘gratuitously eccentric’ architect behind the Guggenheim Bilbao gained attention in the 1970s with his ‘Easy Edges’ furniture series (1969-1973). Constructed in corr...
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Late 20th Century British Post-Modern Frank Gehry

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Paper

  • Frank Gehry Prototype Cardboard Screen, UK, 1990s
  • Frank Gehry Prototype Cardboard Screen, UK, 1990s
  • Frank Gehry Prototype Cardboard Screen, UK, 1990s
  • Frank Gehry Prototype Cardboard Screen, UK, 1990s
H 62.6 in. W 53.15 in. D 1.97 in.
Frank Gehry Pair of Rocking Chaise Lounge
By Frank Gehry
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Frank Gehry pair of rocking chaise lounge. Easy Edges, Inc. Canada/USA, 1972. Laminated cardboard, masonite, in great condition.
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Mid-20th Century American Mid-Century Modern Frank Gehry

Materials

Masonite, Paper

  • Frank Gehry Pair of Rocking Chaise Lounge
  • Frank Gehry Pair of Rocking Chaise Lounge
  • Frank Gehry Pair of Rocking Chaise Lounge
  • Frank Gehry Pair of Rocking Chaise Lounge
H 24 in. W 22.25 in. D 41.5 in.
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Frank Gehry furniture for sale on 1stDibs

Frank Gehry's furniture is available for sale on 1stDibs. These distinctive objects are often made of wood and designed with extraordinary care. In our collection of Frank Gehry furniture there are many options to choose from, although brown editions of this piece are particularly popular. We stock 24 vintage versions of these items, while there is 0 modern edition to choose from as well. Many of the original furniture by Frank Gehry were created in North America during the 20th century in the Mid-Century Modern style. If you’re looking for additional options, many customers also consider furniture by Bert England, Monteverdi-Young and Nicos Zographos. Prices for Frank Gehry furniture can vary depending on size, time period and other attributes. 1stDibs's price starts at $44 and tops out at $12,000, while pieces like these can sell for $4,495.

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