Coonley Chair – 1907

The Coonley Chair was designed in 1907 by the american architect and interior designer Frank Lloyd Wright especially for Avery Coonley House.

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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


Wright’s Philosophy

Strongly influenced by the British Arts and Crafts movement, Frank Lloyd 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 with Wright’s typical uprights was more structurally and functionally innovative.

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

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Throughout his life, Frank Lloyd 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.

In the Coonley Chair, 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”.

Coonley 2 Chair

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Coonley House

Wright designed this chair for the Avery Coonley House, also known as the Coonley House. This residential complex of several buildings built in 1908-12 is a National Historic Landmark. It was built on the banks of the De Plane River in the historic Riverside, Illinois, suburb of Chicago.

Avery Coonley House, 1907

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Coonley House exemplifies Wright’s Prairie style, with wide overhanging cornices, stripes of art glass windows, flowing interior spaces and a harmonious blend of space and structure.

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

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Materials

The Coonley chair has a back  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.

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

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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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Info sources:

www.architonic.com

shop.classicdesignitalia.com

www.huntington.org

en.wikipedia.org

www.vam.ac.uk

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