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Architect Fred M. Kemp Custom Coffee Table in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright

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Unique custom coffee table designed by St. Louis architect & builder Fred M. Kemp Sr. for his personal home in Huntleigh Missouri a suburb of St. Louis, circa 1950s. Fred designed and built his home in the 1950s in the style of Frank Lloyd Wright, including the furnishings. Fred sold his Frank Lloyd Wright influenced home years ago, but kept the items he designed for it in storage. I purchased them from the estate, along with some architectural drawings of the house after Fred passed away. I have kept them in my personal collection until now. The dining table will be offered soon. The coffee table top will be touched up prior to shipping, otherwise in excellent condition. Sadly Fred's house was recently demolished. See bio below, Fred also had a major Mercedes Collection and Museum. Bio from Kemp Homes: Since 1952 Fred M. Kemp built a reputation for designing and building exciting yet timeless homes. Each one was designed to fit the natural environment of the land, emphasizing indoor-outdoor relationships and continuing excitement long after a community was completed. Today Mr. Kemp’s legacy and passion for building continues with his son Bill Kemp. As a student, founder Fred M. Kemp was inspired by the architectural drawings hanging at Washington University’s School of Architecture, from which he graduated in 1950. He began to pursue his dream of applying his architecture principles to suburban home development and building well-designed, affordable housing throughout the St. Louis area. The history of home-building in St. Louis would not be complete without the enduring legacy of Fred M. Kemp. A gifted architect, visionary, and past president of the St. Louis Home Builders Association, Fred M. Kemp was a nationally recognized leader in the industry.

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  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 16.5 in. x W 48 in. x D 48 in.

    H 41.91 cm x W 121.92 cm x D 121.92 cm

  • Seller location
    St. Louis, MO
  • Reference number
    LU82029002951

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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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