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Frank Gehry for Knoll Hat Trick Chair, Set of 4, 1990

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Frank Gehry for Knoll hat trick chair, set of 4, 1990 Designed by Frank Gehry for Knoll in 1990. 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 transcend the conventions of style by exploring, as the great modernists did, the essential challenge of deriving form from function. Constructed of hard white maple veneer strips, laminated 6 to 9 thick with high-bonding urea glue, thermo-set assembly glue provides structural rigidity without the need for metal connectors. Chair back flexes for added comfort. Contoured seat is constructed of cross-ply maple for rigidity. Clear plastic glides with matte frost finish. The underside of each piece is embossed with the Knoll logo and Frank Gehry’s signature.


  • Creator
    Knoll (Maker),Frank Gehry (Designer)
  • Dimensions
    Height: 33.5 in. (85.09 cm)Width: 23.75 in. (60.33 cm)Depth: 22.5 in. (57.15 cm)Seat Height: 18 in. (45.72 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 4
  • Style
    Post-Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Condition
    Repaired: Repair to one seat edge. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4190323752912

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About the Designer

Frank Gehry

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.
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