Frank Lloyd Wright Lounge ChairFrank Lloyd wright
Limited edition lounge chair designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the 1920's for the Tokyo Imperial Hotel.
A select number of Wright furniture designs from the Imperial Hotel were put into limited production in 1996 by Cassina (owner of FLW furniture catalog license). Each piece was numbered and signed, with label. The sofa and armchair designs could be purchased in leather, as populated the famed lobby of the Imperial, or in a few textile options, which included solid Red (available here) and Blue. There is very little information available out there about this small run by Cassina. All in all, I believe only 1000 actual "Imperial collection" pieces were ever produced, many of which were the full sized sofas (MSRP over 20,000 USD) and wooden polygon dining chairs. This armchair features its original upholstery and the fancy woodwork at its plinth base.
The chair will be shipped insured overseas in a custom made wooden crate. Cost of transport to the US is Euro 1.275 front door delivery crate included.
“The greatest success of the Imperial Hotel was the boldly monumental spaces Wright contrived to create in spite of restraints posed by the earthbound profile of the building with its purposely lowered center of gravity … It was valued for the opportunity it presented to distinguish building types by displaying a building’s character through a distinctive combination of ornament and plan. “The design of the Imperial Hotel is proof of this state of affairs, in terms of which Wright hoped, as he always did, to rehabilitate and redefine architectural Truth. “… In the Imperial Hotel, hierarchy of ornament was thus matched with hierarchy of spatial arrangement … The effect was charming and unusual, as many still alive will not hesitate to attest.” – The Making of Modern Japanese Architecture (1868 to the Present), by David B. Stewart, 1987 “Undoubtedly the Imperial Hotel is one of the world’s finest structures in point of character, which is all its own. It is not difficult to recognize the genius which conceived such a poem in stone and brick, and due praise must be spontaneously offered to the brilliant engineering talent which adhered to strictly straight lines and flat arches throughout the entire building. “The only fair comment that can be advanced is that the building is probably a hundred years ahead of the age in its architectural features and fifty years behind in many things which make for the comfort of its patrons. [Frank Lloyd Wright] sacrificed everything to his art, raising a monument to his genius and bequeathing to the Japanese the difficult task of making it a financial success.” – “Architecture and the Buildings of New Tokyo”, The Far Eastern Review, June-July 1925 Wright's masterpiece was demolished in 1968 and replaced by a gleaming, ultra-modern four-star edifice. All that remains of the “Wright” Imperial nowadays is the hotel’s front facade, preserved today at Meiji Mura, the outdoor architectural museum near Nagoya that hosts a large collection of Meiji era architectural art.