Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry (1929-) was born in Canada and moved to Los Angeles in the 1950s. He established himself as one of the most prominent contemporary American architects with his open, curvilinear, diverse and sometimes playful West Coast style. In the last fifty years his work has become internationally renowned and his spontaneity and unexpected choices for structures and materials has brought a sustained energy to the fields of both architecture and furniture design.

Gehry's experimental nature is evident the Bentwood Collection for Knoll from the 1980's. This work was made by weaving and bending the wood used to make small crates for shipping vegetables. Gehry named each one after a hockey play, like Powerplay and Cross Check. Of his architecture Gehry wrote that, 'I approach each building as a sculptural object, a spatial container, a space with light and air, a response to the context and appropriateness of feeling and spirit.' His furniture series are an interesting interpretation of this philosophy, with the Easy Edges existing as a solid, moulded block of space and the Bentwood Collection as a more skeletal form, letting light pass through freely.