Frank Gehry, the ‘gratuitously eccentric’ architect behind the Guggenheim Bilbao gained attention in the 1970s with his ‘Easy Edges’ furniture series (1969-73). Constructed in corrugated cardboard and fibreboard, the line’s most emblematic designs include the Body Contour Rocker (1971) and Easy Edges Side Chair (1970). It is possible Gehry’s interest in found and everyday materials, was inspired by a childhood making cities out of scrap wood-chippings with his Grandma and a short spell designing chairs for army soldiers. He made his Santa Monica home, a deconstructivist work of art, from plywood, corrugated metal and chain-link fence.
These nesting tables designed in 1972, now out of production, were produced by Vitra in 1999. It exemplifies Gehry’s life-long design principles. They are elementary but distinctive, proportionate and speak a language of fun utilitarianism – yet they are also very strong and durable. Patina to cardboard.
W55 H66 D44cm