Chair of the week: Easy Edges by Frank Gehry

American/Canadian architect Frank Gehry (of Bilbao fame) designed a series of furniture in the early 1970’s which he dubbed ‘Easy Edges.’ The easy edges pieces were essentially 3-dimensional experiments in laminating corrugated cardboard in a manner that produced enough durability and stability for every day use as furniture. In a retrospective look at Gehry‘s work, the Guggenheim describes Frank‘s process behind his Easy Edges series:

“After discovering that single sheets of cardboard gained exponential strength when layered, he began to manipulate the simple material into graceful, curvilinear chairs and tables. With hardboard facing applied to the flat surfaces, the furniture is immensely durable.”

Although Gehry succeeded in his efforts and the public’s reception of the series was welcoming, Easy Edges (which was dated as being designed in 1972) did not go into full on production until Vitra began manufacturing the Wiggle stool, Wiggle chair and low table set in 1986. By this point, Gehry had become an internationally celebrated architect, and 3 years later in 1989 he received the Pritzker Prize for architecture — no doubt helping catapult the wiggle chair into it’s place as a furniture icon and opening the doors for future successful collaborations with the likes of Knoll, Heller and Emeco.