Artists & Designers

Frank Gehry (b. 1929)

A graduate of the architecture program at the University of Southern California and a student of city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Frank O. Gehry established his own architecture practice in Los Angeles in 1962. In 1969, he created his first designs for mass-produced furniture, the Easy Edges series (later revised as the more exclusive, limited production Experimental Edges series), which elevated a prosaic material — laminated cardboard — into a refined but ostensibly low-cost object. By the 1980s, Gehry's affinity for the inventive use of materials, already evident in his architectural work, resulted in the Bent Wood Furniture Collection for Knoll International. Chairs of "woven" strips of maple — inspired both from hockey sticks and wooden apple crates — marked his first foray into resilient furniture which interacted with the sitter and offered a reasonably lightweight, yet strong frame.

In early 2004, his year-long collaboration with Emeco resulted in the Superlight, a design which debuted at the Salone Internazionale del Mobile in Milan. In the same year, the Superlight received a Good Design Award from the Chicago Athenaeum and examples of the chair entered the collections of Corcoran Gallery and the Pinakothek der Moderne, Munich.

Gehry is acclaimed for his designs for over 30 built structures including the Walt Disney Concert Hall, the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao, and the Vitra Design Museum, all of which exhibit his highly expressive style and fervent engagement with new technology. Gehry has received numerous prestigious awards, including the Pritzker Prize for Architecture in 1989.

Excerpt from

Kevin W. Tucker, DMA unpublished material [2005.57], 2005.

Related Multimedia

Michael Auping, Aaron Betsky, Lawrence Speck, Frank Gehry, [Zaha Hadid, Victoria Newhouse, Suzanne Stephens listed in calendar--did they appear?]; see photocopy of calendar event listing; Excerpts from program appeared in Artlies Spring 1999 issue, pp 3-8
Michael Auping, Aaron Betsky, Lawrence Speck, Frank Gehry, [Zaha Hadid, Victoria Newhouse, Suzanne Stephens listed in calendar--did they appear?]; see photocopy of calendar event listing; Excerpts from program appeared in Artlies Spring 1999 issue, pp 3-8

Web Resources

Gehry Partners, LLP
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