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Miniature Robie House 1

Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908

American architecture in the first half of this century was dominated by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. In the course of 70 years, he created over 1000 designs for buildings and designs an oeuvre so visionary that it caused quite an uproar. He impressively put his principle of so-called »organic architecture«, which called for a unity of the houses interior design, extemal shape and natural environment, into practice in 1900 with his »Prairie Houses«.
Chairs with extra-high backs and vertical wooden struts formed an important part of the furniture used for the interior of the »Prairie Houses«. Frank Lloyd Wright first opted for this type of chair in his own home, Oak Park House, in 1895 in order to give greater definition to the area around the dining table and also render the setting more intimate. If one looks at the 'Robie House 1' chair designed for the dining room in the Frederick C. Robie House, what strikes the eye is not only the extra-high backs, but also the chairÙs feet, which spread outwards in a soft curve that somewhat lessens the stringency of the otherwise strictly geometric design.

Scale 1:6

Material: Cherry wood, seat upholstered with polyurethane, foam, fabric

Manufacturer of the full-scale 1:1 model since 1985 Cassina S.p.A., Meda/Milano, www.cassina.com

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