Wiggle Chair

 

Article by Denizen 


1969-1972: Having established his own firm in Los Angeles in 1961, Gehry saw a pile of corrugated cardboard outside his office and
started to experiment. Inspired by a childhood spent exploring his grandfather’s hardware shop, Gehry set about creating the Easy Edges furniture series, highlighting, the strength and versatility of cardboard.

“I discovered that by alternating the direction of layers of corrugations, the finished board had enough strength to support a small car,
and a uniform, velvety texture on all four sides,” he told The Christian Science Monitor in 1972. “I found I could cut these edgeboard
sections into geometrical forms, or bend them into sculptural, ribbon-candy folds.”
The shape is reminiscent of Verner Panton’s 1960 fibreglass Panton chair.
Gehry’s cardboard pieces were originally designed for artist Robert Irwin’s studio but become popular when produced for the public.



1973: With the ever-growing popularity of the Wiggle Chair, Gehry was worried that it would overshadow his reputation as an
architect and stopped production of the Easy Edges collection.
1982: Gehry stopped producing the noise-reducing and environmentally sustainable cardboard furniture, ceding the rights to
Vitra. It was a fortuitous relationship with Gehry going on to design the Vitra Design Museum in Weil-am-Rhein, Germany, opened in 1989.


Ivanhoe Home by Doherty Design Studio
 
Today: The Wiggle Chair is in New York’s Museum of Modern Art and continues to be used by interior designers to add
impact with its unique silhouette and immediate aesthetic integrity. 

Image credit: Header Image Photography: Fraser Chatham, Styling: Margie Cooney, Art Direction: Fran King

 

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