"Easy Edges" chair


Frank O. Gehry ( American, 1929 )

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General Description

Designed and manufactured by Frank O. Gehry in 1972, this chair belongs to his "Easy Edges" collection - group of seventeen pieces of cardboard furniture which brought the young architect national attention. Constructed from layers of corrugated cardboard (a low-cost shipping material), this chair embodies the combined aesthetic of its raw, ordinary, and "low-brow" material, with Gehry's modern, geometric design.

Gehry recounts how he came to the idea, "One day I saw a pile of corrugated cardboard outside of my office - the material which I prefer for building architecture models - and I began to play with it into shapes with a hand saw and a pocket knife." The result was a surprisingly sturdy piece of industrial, yet ecologically aware furniture, which through its use, developed a sumptuous, velvety texture. Gehry's early experimentation with furniture design and preoccupation with process cemented his reputation as an innovator in the field of modern architecture.

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DMA Label copy, n.d.

Fun Facts

After only three months on the market, and as sales peaked, Gehry withdrew the Easy Edges line, explaining: "I started to feel threatened; I locked myself into a room for weeks to question my life. I decided I'm an architect, not a furniture designer. I'm not going to go that way. I called a halt."

Web Resources

  • MoMA
    See other Gehry Easy Edges chairs at MoMA.