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Forum topic by Philfranklin posted 09-09-2019 02:12 AM 992 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-09-2019 02:12 AM

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#1 posted 09-09-2019 03:29 AM

I love FLW furniture. I was able to take a tour of the Falling Waters house this summer. If you have never visited the Smithsonian in DC, they have a really cool FLW exhibit that has a bunch of his designs in it.

BTW, Not sure you realize but you put all of your text in the OP in the tags box instead of the text box. The text should be in the same box as the pictures. You might want to edit that to fix it.

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#2 posted 09-09-2019 04:28 AM

I saw this chair in the Metropolitan Museum. I looked at it and made a lot of mental notes as well as took some photographs. Came home and set about drawing It Out full size and came up with what I think is a pretty good rendition of it. This is the first time I’ve made something like this with so much of it being veneered. It makes the chair lighter and I was able to bookk match the grain that I wanted. The legs and cross members are pine or cedar leftovers. The white quartersawn i cut myself from stock i had. The sticks are from a continuous board.

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#3 posted 09-27-2019 11:44 PM

Phil, you have done a wonderful job. Did you do the upholstery as well?

My curiosity lies with comfort – is the chair comfortable to sit in? The back is very vertical, like a Shaker chair, and this does not appear ergonomic. I am not sure how much FLW knew about seating (he was my late father’s – also an architect – inspiration).

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#4 posted 09-28-2019 01:09 AM

next to the g&g stuff one of my did a nice job on this,you need to post in projects so more will see it.

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#5 posted 09-30-2019 08:52 PM

Replying to PhilFranklin. I read about this in a book about FLW, and his reason for the straight-up dining chairs was the belief that an upright posture aided in the digestion of the food. Whether that’s true or not, I don’t know, but it might have been the prevailing thought at the time.

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#6 posted 09-30-2019 09:37 PM

+1 – pottz

I almost got thrown out of the Chicago Art Institute for leaning in too close to look at some FLW pieces. I thought the guard lady would throw me out for sure when I asked her if she could open the G&G cabinet so I could see the inside.

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#7 posted 10-02-2019 11:28 PM

Years ago at a Wright museum show I got to sit in several Wright chair designs. While I’ve always found this chair design visually striking, I found it very uncomfortable to sit in. My favorite was his plywood “origami” wing chair. That one is quite comfortable. You seem to have done a perfect job on this one. The finish looks great.

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