Vintage Frank Gehry Furniture

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2015-06-26 10:32:07

Vintage Frank Gehry Furniture is original furniture produced by the celebrated architect Frank Gehry.

History & Description

Frank Owen Gehry is a Canadian-American architect, jewellery designer, glass maker and furniture designer based in Los Angeles.

Whilst Frank Gehry is more known for his innovative and ground-breaking architectural style, Gehry has also created a number of furniture lines. “Easy Edges”, produced between 1969 and 1973, was his first line of furniture and was constructed out of cardboard.

Gehry began making furniture while serving in the U.S. Army in 1954. Looking back at the experience, in which he would build furniture for enlisted soldiers, Gehry claims that manufacturing furniture was his “quick fix”.

In 1989, Gehry won a Priztker Prize for his architecture.

Guide for collectors

Frank Gehry has produced a range of furniture, from lamps to tables, consoles to stools and a variety of chairs. The “Easy Edges” range continues to be the most popular line of Gehry furniture.

Instances of Frank Gehry furniture sold at auction are relatively common. And while prices can vary depending on the type of furniture, as a general rule, collectors can expect to pay around $2,000 for a vintage Gehry item. However, in the past pieces have been known to sell for up to $26,000.

While restoring antique vintage Frank Gehry furniture is recommended, collectors or existing owners are urged to go through respected professional restorers to ensure that as much of the item’s original features are retained. Additionally, any below-part restoration can considerably decrease an item’s value.

Notable auction sales

On December 18th 2004 at Sotheby’s in New York, a Frank Gehry “Easy Edges” chair and rare ottoman, circa 1972, realised a price of $26,400.

On March 24th 2009 at Wright in Chicago, Illinois, a Frank Gehry “Easy Edges” rocking chair, circa 1972, realised a price of $9,000.

On June 18th 2004 at Sotheby’s in New York, a pair of Frank Gehry “Easy Edges” wiggle stools, circa 1972, realised a price of $10,625.

 

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