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Frank Lloyd Wright Benches and Table from Wright's 1951 Unitarian Church

$30,000per set

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This trio of hinged bench seats and one table were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1951 for the Unitarian Meeting House, which Wright also designed, at 900 University Bay Drive, Shorewood Hills, Madison, Wisconsin. The components of each of these pieces were created at Wright's Taliesin studio and then assembled at the Unitarian Meeting House by apprentices under Wright's direction. Wright was a member of this congregation and personally helped raise funds to complete the project. These pieces were used for over thirty years at the Meeting House. The building itself is a US National Historic Landmark. Please see the images for photographs of the pieces in their original installations, and for authenticating documentation from the Frank Lloyd Wright Memorial Foundation. Standard Bench: 29" H, 42" W, 21" D Low Bench: 22" H, 42" W, 21" D Single Bench: 29" H, 21" W, 21" D

Details

  • Creator
  • Dimensions
    Height: 29 in. (73.66 cm)Width: 42 in. (106.68 cm)Depth: 21 in. (53.34 cm)Seat Height: 14 in. (35.56 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Condition
    Wear consistent with age and use. Cushions and chains have been replaced.
  • Seller Location
    New York, NY
  • Reference Number
    Seller: 29571stDibs: LU78577664473

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About Frank Lloyd Wright (Maker)

Without question the greatest architect the United States has ever produced, Frank Lloyd Wright and his philosophy of “organic architecture” — of buildings that exist in harmony with their natural surroundings — had a profound influence on the shape of modern life. Wright gave us some of the most elegant and iconic structures in America: residences such as “Fallingwater,” in rural Pennsylvania, the Robie House in Chicago, and “Taliesin,” Wright’s own home; and masterful institutional structures that include the Unity Temple in Oak Park, Illinois, the Johnson Wax headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin, and the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Whenever possible, Wright designed the furniture for his projects, to ensure an affinity between a building’s exterior and interior. Wright’s wooden chairs and tables for his “Prairie Houses” of the early 1900s have sleek, attenuated forms, influenced by both the simplicity of traditional Japanese design and the work of Gustav Stickley and other designers of the Arts and Crafts movement. For Taliesin and several residential projects, Wright designed severely geometric chairs that are marvels of reductivist design. He revisited many of these forms in the 1950s in furniture licensed to the firm Henredon, adding a decorative frieze-like element to the edges of tables and stools.

The works on 1stDibs also show how happily Wright embraced new forms and materials. His desks and chairs for Johnson Wax have a streamlined look and use tubular steel to the same effect as designer Warren McArthur, who collaborated with Wright in the interiors of the Arizona Biltmore Hotel. For the Price Tower (1956) in Oklahoma, Wright designed angular wooden desks as well as upholstered pedestal chairs made of chromed steel — audacious furniture for his tallest completed building project. The beauty of Frank Lloyd Wright’s furniture designs is that while many of us wish we could live in one of houses, his chairs, tables, and sofas connect us directly to his architecture, and to the history he made.

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