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'Taliesin' Collection Mahogany Cabinets by Frank Lloyd Wright, 1955, Signed

$14,000per set

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This pair of gorgeously refinished Honduran Mahogany 'Taliesin' cabinets were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for Heritage-Henredon in 1955 and produced only for two years, therefore are now highly sought-after and rare collectors items. These example are signed with the red square Frank Lloyd Wright signatures on the back side of the cabinets. These rare Frank Lloyd Wright cabinets function excellently as large side tables, end tables or large nightstands / bedside tables, or can be placed together and along with other Taliesin pieces such as the matching sideboard / dresser to create a long series of storage systems in credenza cabinet form as can be seen in Heritage-Henredon advertisements and brochures. One cabinet features two shallow drawers and two deeper drawers while the other cabinet features two front doors which reveal two shelves and three storage compartments, all on top of Nakashima-style bases. Use them together or separately - these adaptable storage cabinets offer a variety of uses. Frank Lloyd Wright stated that one of his goals for this line was for the 'design to make the home more efficient as well as more beautiful'. Woven into each piece of this series was the chamfered wood edge with an abstracted Greek key motif, the signature detail of every Taliesin design, covering the edges of each item in the collection. All of the pieces were executed in Honduran Mahogany, a high-end luxury wood choice. His idea was to design ‘infinite adaptability to American living’, for example desks could double as dressing tables, small tables could be used as a chair or stool and bookcases had moveable tops transforming into room dividers. Decoration was limited to the greek key edges so that ‘is of the piece, not on it’ and the removal of elimination of any hardware door or drawer pulls in favor of cut out flush pulls which ‘catch light and shadow for interesting and changing patterns’. Wright pitched three separate concepts to Heritage Henredon: ‘Burberry’, ‘Honeycomb’ and ‘Four Square’ which was the one chosen to go into production and renamed ‘Taliesin’ after Wrights Wisconsin home. A distinguishing feature of the Taliesin line is that each piece is identified with a branded signature which was often accompanied by a red square. No other items from the rest of Wright's career is marked or identified which makes this line more desirable to collectors. These beautiful Frank Lloyd Wright Taleisin cabinets would work great in a Craftsman, Farm House, Monterey, Spanish, Mission, Arts & Crafts, Mid-Century Modern, Scandanavian Modern or Danish Modern home or penthouse apartment but could also look fantastic in a Contemporary or Post-Modern room. Also consider mixing it up in a Traditional, Transitional, Classical or Art Deco room with a splash of juxtaposition. Would also be an apt choice in a commercial project such as a hotel lobby lounge or members club, creative design studio or high-rise executive office. Consider using as side or end tables, nightstands or bedside tables, chest of drawers, liquor cabinets / dry bar, occasional tables or desk drawers for papers, pens and miscellaneous storage. MEASUREMENTS (each): H 28" x W 21.5" x D 20" CONDITION: Excellent restored condition. Some light signs of age still apparent. Beautiful and ready to use (and love) immediately.

Details

  • Creator
    Heritage-Henredon (Maker),Frank Lloyd Wright (Designer)
  • Design
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm)Width: 21.5 in. (54.61 cm)Depth: 20 in. (50.8 cm)
  • Sold As
    Set of 2
  • Style
    Mid-Century Modern (Of the Period)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1955
  • Condition
    Refinished. Excellent restored condition. Some light signs of age still apparent. Beautiful and ready to use (and love) immediately.
  • Seller Location
    Los Angeles, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU1330221435832

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    Ships From: Long Beach, CA
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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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