Frank Lloyd Wright Unitarian Universalist Folding Bench 1951 Milwaukee Wisconsin For Sale
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Frank Lloyd Wright Unitarian Universalist Folding Bench 1951 Milwaukee Wisconsin

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Signed folding bench by Frank Lloyd Wright designed and crafted in 1951 for the Unitarian Universalist church in Madison Wisconsin. Was used as a church bench until the early 1980s. Retains original upholstery which was chosen by Frank Loyd Wright’s widow in the early 1960s. Purchased by one of the church parishioners in the early 1980s, prior to renovation of building during which all original FLW plywood furniture was replaced with oak replicas. Don’t miss this treasure. One bench available with original textile. One bench available without textile and one rare one-person folding chair version also available. This siting is only for a single bench, as pictured.

Details

  • Date of Manufacture
    1951
  • Period
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Condition
    Fair
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Minor fading.
  • Dimensions
    H 29 in. x W 42 in. x D 19 in.H 73.66 cm x W 106.68 cm x D 48.26 cm
  • Seller Location
    Brooklyn, NY
  • Reference Number
    LU4190314945091
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About Frank Lloyd Wright (Designer)

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 these pages 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.

Read more about Frank Lloyd Wright in Introspective Magazine

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