Tracing the designs of 4 basic chairs

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Did anyone notice the nifty portable sun/wind/(prying eyes?) shield on the terrace outside of the Sun Cottage in the pics of Bill's post? I'd never seen this accessory before.

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Remarkable, Bill. Your analysis has the absolute ring of truth, to my ear.

I've never seen these photos or anything like them. Will wonders never cease !


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Paul Ringstrom sends today a link to a photo of a Hanna house side or dining chair.

http://www.metmuseum.org/collection/the ... ght&pos=13

This chair, and cousins in at least two other locations, are found on pages 2, 4, 8, 10, and 14 of this thread. On pages 10 and 14 Bill Schwarz provides us with two of his typically generous contributions.

On page 14 we see a chair identified as belonging to the Walker or the Neils house, in which the bottoms of the side wings of the chair are not cut back as in the earlier versions at Hanna (but not, curiously, at the postwar Sun Cottage); this change would presumably have enhanced the stability of the chair somewhat . . .

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The chairs didn't last long at Hanna. They were very unstable. Sturges also has dining chairs that are a bit of a challenge.

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Bill explains quite nicely the evolution, and quotes Hanks to the effect that Wright advised Paul Hanna to junk the chairs . . .

Sturges has a variant of the Goetsch-Winckler/Sondern/Rosenbaum/Wall/Baird three-legged design; see pp 5 and 7 of the thread. As a living-room chair the front leg extends further and the seating position is a bit lower; as an upright dining chair the leg is pulled in, resulting in a tippier chair ?

The difference between the pair of designs is analogous to the difference between the Eames LCW and DCW chairs, I guess.

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On page 12 of the thread we illustrate a number of Usonian hassocks. A new entrant on an imaginary "rockiest hassock" list is seen in photos of the Lindholm house, recently relocated to Polymath Park . . .

http://wrightchat.savewright.org/viewto ... 34303f10f6


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More on hassocks. A recent second look at the Eric Brown Usonian revealed something new, and likely unique: dining chairs made like---or made to accept---the house hassock. Is this a frame with back, into which one drops a hassock ? Or is the chair made in imitation of the hassock, all in one (quite heavy) unit ?

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photo by Alan Weintraub, from "Frank Lloyd Wright Mid-Century Modern" (2007), p 167

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Didn't Lloyd Lewis have hassocks at the dinner table?

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More than one house is shown with hassocks for dining; I believe the low dining table at Lamberson, placed at the built-in bench seat, was intended for hassocks on the opposite side of the table.

But this is the only case I've seen of a hassock turned into a chair. And I didn't notice it before now, oddly. I suppose it would be a surprise if no one at Taliesin had thought of it---sooner or later.

Anybody have info or further thoughts on this ?

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SDR wrote:
Fri Jun 05, 2009 1:44 pm
Semi-comfortable group dining accommodation abounds at T West, apparently. Here is the full photo of the Cabaret, and one of the
Garden Room (should these be capitalized ?), both appearing on the same page of "FLLW's House Beautiful" (Diane Maddex; Hearst Books ©2000).
No dates are given for photos in this book, whose contents are apparently drawn from the pages of the magazine. There is a thirty-year gap in
coverage of Wright at the magazine (at least as far as special Wright issues is concerned), so these photos probably date either from 1963 or
earlier, or from special issues of 1992 or 1996 -- as near as I can tell. I suspect the latter dates apply.

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This photo of the Cabaret was probably taken during Mr. Wright's life-time ... in fact it's entirely possible it was he who decorated the tables for the photo. The Cabaret seating arrangements, with place settings arranged on the back of the upper edges of the built-in seating, as shown in this photo, were completely torn out in the winter of 1964-65, and replaced by the seating arrangements now in existence.

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Thanks, Rood. What would have been the floor surface when this photo was taken ? Is that carpet of some kind---or concrete ?

I ask because I see a molding applied around the base of the hassock---whose form is probably the most common of all the Usonian hassocks, a rectangle or (occasionally) a square volume of plywood, with the sides canted outward toward the top. To these hassocks has been applied several different remedies to what must have been a problem of instability in some cases---on carpet, if not on a bare slab. In the case of this handsome hassock form and function did not perfectly align, and form won out for the architect, it seems.

I recall only one admission, by any user, appearing in print in connection with this little flaw. (I have also heard denials that there was a problem---of course. The additions do not in any case enhance the appearance of the hassock so altered, and I cannot imagine Mr Wright accepting such alteration unless impelled to do so by circumstance.) I would have to search for a while to lay my hands on that bit of evidence, as I do not recall where it was printed. On the whole it seems this problem was addressed if not solved---by how many different hands ?---in different ways at various times and places.

The complete story, if it could be put together, would make an interesting short article, perhaps. Photos of the various altered hassocks are easily found in the literature; getting the details---timing, persons involved, etc---would if available at all today take considerable legwork of course. I don't expect it to be done---by me, in any case ?

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By 1962 when I went to T-West, dining had already been transferred to the Music Pavilion. I didn't get into the Cabaret during my short stay.

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