Coonley Chair – 1907


The Coonley was a chair designed in 1907 by the american architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Strongly influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Wright did not advocate standardised, functional furniture, but rather designed each item for a unique interior, use and client. His furniture like the Coonley Chair was more structurally and functionally innovative.


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Coonley 2, 1907, F. L. Wright
Coonley 2, 1907, F. L. Wright

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This chair with Wright‘s typical vertical struts was designed for the Avery Coonley House, also known as the Coonley House. Constructed 1908-12, this is a residential estate of several buildings built on the banks of the Des Plaines River in Riverside, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. It is itself a National Historic Landmark and is included in another National Historic Landmark, the Riverside Historic District.

The Coonley Estate represents the maturation of Wright‘s Prairie Style, typified by wide overhanging eaves, bands of art glass casement windows, free-flowing interior spaces and the harmonious blending of site and structure.

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The Avery Coonley Estate Dining Room, F. L. Wright
The Avery Coonley Estate Dining Room, F. L. Wright

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How is made Coonley Chair?

The Coonley has a back chair in natural cherrywood, stained walnut or black. Seat cushion padded with polyurethane foam and upholstered in leather or fabric.

The chair is available in two versions, with a low or high backrest.

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Throughout his life, F. L. Wright had an abiding interest in the natural world, and the materials he chose for his furniture often reflected that interest. In the Coonley House chair, the long, flowing grain of the oak serves as a rich counterpoint to the chair’s rather spare, geometric form.

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“For man, wood is universally beautiful. Man loves the close bond he has with wood, and he wants to feel it in his hands, pleasant to the touch and to the eye.”

Frank Lloyd Wright

In the Coonley Chair, Frank Lloyd Wright preferred the natural qualities and authenticity of wood, with the use of a complete harmony of lines and spaces, later celebrated all over the world as “organic architecture”.

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Which are its dimensions?

Coonley 1 Chair

  • 43 x 47 cm
  • Height: 70 cm
  • Height seat: 46 cm

Coonley 2 Chair

  • 43 x 47 cm
  • Height: 94 cm
  • Height seat: 46 cm

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Coonley 2 and Coonley 1, F. L. Wright
Coonley 2 Chair and Coonley 1 Chair, F. L. Wright

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