As he tells the story, Alan Heller presented an idea to architect Frank Gehry, who is known for his twisting, unconventionally shaped buildings. “We can take your architecture and turn it into furniture,” Heller said. “No one has ever done that before.” The architect loved the idea, and the Frank Gehry Left Twist Cube (2004) was born. Heller produced it in a “Gehry bouquet” of colors inspired by the architect’s flower sculpture for French artist Sophie Calle. The colors had the unexpected effect, Gehry says, of inspiring his firm to “put more color into our architecture.” The cube can be used as a stool, bedside table, end table, shower bench, ottoman or coffee table, adding a bit of playful Gehry architecture to just about any room in the house. Made of rotational-molded polyethylene, the cube is extremely resistant to breakage and weatherproof. Suitable for residential or 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 >