Frank Gehry’s love of architecture began at the age of 8 on the floor of his grandmother’s house while he was playing with different blocks of wood. He never lost his wondrous sense of play, which informs all his work and is instantly recognizable in his Gehry Outdoor Collection (2004). Best of Show winner at Neocon 2004, it’s a result of a collaboration with Heller, who asked him simply to “create furniture as unique and beautiful as his buildings.” This weatherproof collection is characterized by sculptural monolithic forms made of rotational-molded polyethylene in striking colors inspired by Gehry’s flower sculpture for French artist Sophie Calle. Each hollow single-piece form features consistent wall thickness and stress-free outer corners for supreme resistance to breakage. All are suitable for residential and commercial use indoors and out. Made in U.S.A.
Frank Gehry is one of the most sought-after, internationally recognized and prolific architects and designers in the world today. His work defies categorization, but has become an icon of current architecture with such projects as the Vitra Museum in Weil am Rhein, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Gehry's newest architectural projects include the proposed and controversial New Jersey Nets complex in Brooklyn, New York, a satellite museum for the Guggenheim, a hospital wing in Scotland and a museum extension in Gehry's birthplace of Toronto. In addition to designing over 30 existing buildings, Gehry has distinguished himself with a handful of furniture designs, created throughout his career.
After studying architecture at the University of Southern California and spending a year at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, Gehry established his own architecture office in 1962, in Los Angeles. Ten years into his career, Gehry launched the value-based Easy Edge chair series constructed from laminated cardboard. However, he soon withdrew the Easy Edge chairs from production, fearing that his popularity as a furniture designer would detract from his reputation as an architect. Read more >