Frank Gehry once wrote that designing a new chair was like being asked "to
find the meaning of life while standing on one foot. It's like a Talmudic
question." In 1989, when Knoll approached him with that same challenge, the
only way Gehry would consider it was if Knoll would set him up in a workshop
similar to that of Charles and Ray Eames, which he fondly recalls visiting
in his youth. Two years after receiving the Pritzker Prize -- "the Nobel of
architecture" – the designer released the Gehry Collection (1990) for Knoll.
Paying homage to his Canadian roots, he named the pieces after ice hockey
terms; the wafer-thin strips of laminated maple are bent, woven and curled
into featherweight yet sturdy forms, evoking the simple strength of hockey
sticks themselves. Made in U.S.A.
Stamped with the KnollStudio logo, Frank Gehry’s signature and the date of production.
Thermoset adhesive provides structural rigidity without the need for metal connectors, while allowing for ergonomic movement and spring-like comfort.
Back of Chair flexes for added comfort, and built-in lumbar curve enhances support.
All wood grains run in the same direction for resilience.
Accolades include ASID Award, ROSCO Award, ID Magazine Gold Award, ICFE Award for Excellence, IBD Silver, Prince Takamatsu World Culture Award and Time Magazine Best Design of the Year (all 1992).
Hard white maple veneers in 2"-wide, 1/34"-thick strips laminated to 5- or 7-ply thickness with high-bonding urea glue, clear plastic glides with matte frost finish.
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 >