Frank Lloyd Wright Barrel Chair

Frank Lloyd Wright designed the Barrel Chair for the Darwin Martin Residence in 1937. These two chairs are crafted by Cassina after the Wingspread variation of the design. The two curved back dining chairs, are made of solid natural black lacquered cherry wood. The two chairs are original reproductions belonging to Cassina I Maestri collection. Most likely from the 1980s. Stamped and numbered on verso (Nos 05086 and 06166) Cassina FLW Certified by foundation. The two chairs form a set with a matching table, which was hand crafted in L.A. and has a black marble top.

This Chair’s Story

Wright was born on June 8th, 1867 in Richland Center, Wisconsin, USA.
Before his birth, his mother was determined that the child she was carrying would become the greatest architect of all time. A teacher herself, she discovered the Froebel system of education, known as the “kindergarten gifts”, according to which a child was taught to draw using basic geometric shapes and forms.
His father was a preacher and musician and taught his son to listen to music as “an edifice of sound”. At the age of twenty he ran away from home and travelled to Chicago in pursuit of architecture, where he discovered the work of Adler and Sullivan, applied for a job, and worked directly under Louis Sullivan for nearly seven years. In 1893 he established his own practice. His work in and around Chicago from 1893 to 1909 heralded a new concept in architecture. The “Larkin Building” and “Unity Temple” saw innovations in design and engineering, made possible by the technology and materials of the twentieth century.
By means of reinforced concrete, glass, steel, sheet metal and the cantilever (a support moved in from the edge), he developed an architecture in which the reality of the building was the space within. This evasive element – almost mystical by nature – of liberated interior space, is the pervading quality in everything he built. In 1932 Wright and his wife Olgivanna founded the Taliesin Fellowship, a school of architecture at their own home.
Soon came the famous commissions for Fallingwater and the Johnson Wax Administration Building. As his work increased so did the power of his creative genius.

This chair was designed to fit “Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House”, Quinan, 2004, pages 136,166-7, and 181. Slight modifications were made to the design for the Herbert F. Johnson Residence, Wingspread (S.239 – 1937). These chairs are replicas of the Wingspread version of the barrel chair.

SPECIFICATIONS:  Excellent condition. Two chairs and a matching coffee table.

Black lacquered maple. Upholstery in top grade black leather. The seat is made of plastic with polyurethane foam and polyester padding.

WIDTH: 54 cm / 21.3 in
DEPTH: 55 cm / 21.7 in
HEIGHT: 81 cm / 31.9 in
SEAT HEIGHT: 50 cm / 19.7 in