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DavidC



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 12:14 pm    Post subject: eBay: Table designed by Herb Fritz Reply with quote

Herb Fritz Prototype Plywood Table Frank Lloyd Wright Apprentice Taliesin MCM


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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This offering includes an important document. I'd love to see all of the work in the line he designed 1957-1966.


Is there anything in this letter that's known to be incorrect ?






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PostPosted: Sat May 19, 2018 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Herb -- or the ultimate user of this prototype -- may have discovered what I did: that a half-full-size prototype or maquette of a dining table, makes a perfect cocktail table !

This interesting piece is both MCM and Wrightian, and represents a form of Constructivism as well. A three-fer . . .

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PostPosted: Sun May 20, 2018 10:31 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Of course it is possible that this is a prototype only of a small table. It appears to be made of standard 3/4" material. The weakness of the design is that
there is limited resistance, inherent in the joinery, to side-to-side movement of the leg. That is, the intersection of two planes at right angles will be stabilized
primarily by the thickness of the material -- by the ratio of thickness to length of the lever acting to change the angle of the intersection. So, a leg of 14" will
be less easily moved from its 90ยบ relation to the table top, than would a 30" leg, when a given thickness of material is present in both cases.

So unless the parts of a dining table employing this joint were increased in thickness from 3/4" to 1 1/2", the larger table could be expected to be too
easily rotated about its vertical axis when given a simple and accidental nudge to a corner of the top.

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