The Usonia Collection of furniture by Inside Weather

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DavidC
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The Usonia Collection of furniture by Inside Weather

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DRN
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The pieces are not unattractive, but other than one piece being hexagonal, I see nothing particularly evocative of Wright in these. In fact, the chair vaguely reminds me of a number of Pierre Jeanneret’s Chandigarh pieces.

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Re: The Usonia Collection of furniture by Inside Weather

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Right. Nice enough MCM-evocative furniture. If a comparison is supposed to be drawn between these new pieces and the drafting furniture at T West---or the space itself---the analogy is a false one; the technology and the forms are distinct. Wright's corners are, for better or worse, crisp and sharp whether we're talking about furniture or the buildings it occupies. Mr Wright is at his most constructivist in attractively engineered utilitarian pieces like the "house" drafting table and stool (which go back decades in the practice, perhaps to the founding of the Fellowship ?).

I suppose the thing that's most troubling is the implied association between one designer and the other---one all but unknown and the other world-famous---by virtue of the explicit contractual arrangement presented in the advertising. It's one thing to find this implied (or misstated) connection in the world of eBay et al, and quite another when the proprietary owner of the name and likeness implies the connection.

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