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Experimental Edges Beaver Chair and Ottoman


c. 1982


Frank Gehry
American, born Canada, 1929

Manufactured by Vitra
Swiss, founded Germany 1950

About this artwork

While primarily known for his structural innovations and unique use of material in architecture, worldrenowned architect Frank Gehry has also developed innovative designs across a broad range of disciplines, including product and furniture design. In an exploration of material and structure, Gehry developed lightweight yet structurally sound furniture from a non-traditional material—layered pieces of corrugated cardboard. Defined by Gehry as the “Volkswagen of furniture’’, his first series of furniture was created in 1969 from 60 layers of corrugated cardboard and designed with affordability in mind; each chair originally sold for approximately $35. The chair and ottoman, seen here, were part of Gehry’s second collection of corrugated cardboard furniture, Experimental Edges. Produced from 1979 to 1982, this series of 12 designs utilized thicker corrugated cardboard, which minimized the number of layers needed for each piece. The intentionally misaligned layers of cardboard in this series produced edges that have a rougher, more unfinished appearance than in the first series.


On View, Gallery 285


Architecture and Design


Frank O. Gehry (Architect)


Experimental Edges Beaver Chair and Ottoman






Chair: 84 × 84 × 102 cm (33 1/16 × 33 1/16 × 40 3/16 in.); Ottoman: 43 × 50 × 56 cm (16 15/16 × 19 11/16 × 22 1/16 in.)

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Gift of The Bluhm Family

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