Robie House Chair (1908)

Frank Lloyd Wright impressively developed his principle of “Organic Architecture” with his 1900 “Prairie Houses”, which were practical examples of unity of natural environment, exterior and interior design.


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The Chair as Part of the House

Wright designed this high-backed chair with evenly spaced vertical struts to give greater definition to the space occupied in a room. It also creates a greater sense of intimacy when the chairs are placed around the dining room table during a meal, separating the area from the rest of the room. These Chairs formed an important part of the furniture used for the interior of the “Prairie Houses”. Frank Lloyd Wright first opted for this type of chair in his own home, Oak Park House, in 1895 in order to give greater definition to the area around the dining table and also render the setting more intimate. If one looks at the ‘Robie House 1’ chair designed for the dining room in the Frederick C. Robie House, what strikes the eye is not only the extra-high backs, but also the chairs feet, which spread outwards in a soft curve that somewhat lessens the stringency of the otherwise strictly geometric design.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House chair

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Robie House

The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois. Built between 1909 and 1910, the building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and is renowned as the greatest example of the Prairie School style, the first architectural style considered uniquely American.

The Frederick C. Robie House is a U.S. National Historic Landmark on the campus of the University of Chicago in the South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park in Chicago, Illinois, at 5757 S. Woodlawn Avenue

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The Robie House is one of the best known examples of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie style of architecture. The term was coined by architectural critics and historians (not by Wright) who noticed how the buildings and their various components owed their design influence to the landscape and plant life of the midwest prairie of the United States. Typical of Wright’s Prairie houses, he designed not only the house, but all of the interiors, the windows, lighting, rugs, furniture and textiles. As Wright wrote in 1910, “it is quite impossible to consider the building one thing and its furnishings another. … They are all mere structural details of its character and completeness.”

Living room of the Robie House designed by Frank Lloyd Wright

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A Total Work of Art

Wright’s ideology focused on the complete integration of the house-site and structure, interior and exterior, furniture, ornament and architecture, every element of the design was connected. The furnishings and decorative arts of Wright’s Chicago years were conceived as integral elements of his Prairie interiors, designed in harmony with each specific commission. Incorporating furniture, lighting, and decorative arts into the structure of his buildings enabled Wright to achieve a harmonious and unified interior.

Frank Lloyd Wright Interior Designs of his own house in Oak Park

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Wright’s early oak furnishings, characterized by straight lines and rectilinear forms, are designed with the traditional Arts and Crafts preference for solidity and simplicity. In the early 1890s, as Wright worked to define his vision for a new American architecture, he began designing furniture for his own home in Oak Park. Built-in window seats and two sturdy oak armchairs, modeled on designs by English artist-designer William Morris, were executed for the living room between 1890-95.

Frank Lloyd Wright Robie House Dining Room

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For the dining room of the Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago, Wright further integrated furniture and lighting. The dining table and eight high back chairs created for the dining room of the home are revolutionary for the time. Defined by an overriding verticality and simplicity the suite of furniture marks a clear step toward a new aesthetic in Wright’s designs. The furniture forms an intimate secondary space in the room, the table shielded by the high backs of the dining chairs.

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601 Robie 1, Cassina

Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1908 for the Robie House (Chicago, Illinois), this chair was re-edited by Cassina in 1986 and included in the “Cassina I Maestri” Collection.

High back chair in natural cherrywood,
601 ROBIE 1, cherrywood stained walnut or American walnut finish.

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601 Robie 1 chair for Cassina his product and structure in natural cherrywood, cherrywood stained walnut or black, or in natural canaletto walnut. Seat upholstery in polyurethane foam and covered with fabric or leather.

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Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright

Year: 1908 (re-edited in 1986)

Manufacturer: Cassina

Dimension: w. 40 x d. 45,5 x h 133,5 |hs 46 cm

Medium: chair in natural cherrywood, cherrywood stained walnut or American walnut finish. Seat upholstery in polyurethane foam. Fabric or leather upholstery.

601 Robie 1 dimension

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