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loo tee



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't imagine Curtis Besinger being very "pleased" with these cheap and cheap-looking chairs, which look like they came from Popular Mechanics or some such home-workshop source. Curtis was a man of high taste and discrimination.
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Rood



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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Seems to me those waste-not want-not chairs were just what the doctor ordered. When they were built construction of the church had completely stopped, because the Unitarians were dead broke. Mr. Wright finally sent the Fellowship into Madison to complete the project ... and he paid for everything out of his own pocket.
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Craig



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 5:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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these cheap and cheap-looking chairs


They may not be worthy of a Gothic cathedral but they do beat the average metal folding chair now found in most mega-churches.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 25, 2015 8:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I love Popular Mechanics!

Cheap and cheap looking... Are those necessarily negatives? I am attracted to much of Rudolf Schindler's furniture and architecture for precisely those qualities.

And imagining these pieces in situ as a complete unit... Aren't they just modular movable pews? The nature of the program requires that arms could not be included, and the base needed to be sturdy. The chains create a slight division between the seated parishioners and is a welcome, functional and decorative detail...

Economy of material, lightness, flexibility, simplicity, honesty...
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jmcnally



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 12:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember, too, that Wright sought to take "cheap" materials (concrete, plywood) and turn it into artful functionality. While they might not be art under traditional views at the time, Wright was expanding the concept, not working within it, all his life.
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SDR



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 2:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wouldn't have taken much to give these benches a bit of Wrightian pizazz -- and, let's face it, some of what makes Wright Wright is geometric stylistic moves having nothing to do with function !

In this case, making the back cushions trapezoidal rather than rectangular -- in the direction opposite the slant of the back shape itself -- would have been an easy and effective step further away from "bland" and toward "Wright." But the photo above, with blue-cushioned benches marching along in a row, is far from shabby, as I see it.

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jmcnally



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PostPosted: Wed Aug 26, 2015 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

SDR wrote:
some of what makes Wright Wright is geometric stylistic moves having nothing to do with function !



True - the perforated boards are a great example. He didn't need to incorporate designs unique to each property to achieve his goals, but he did.
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