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This clearly demonstrates the power of Wright's name. In terms of build quality the furniture differs little from the run of American production furniture of the period; Nakashima it isn't. Nor was it cutting-edge furniture design, then or now. But it did provide a means for the average home-owner to purchase furniture designed by world-famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright---as it still does, today. And the prices, then as now quite reasonable compared to custom work by the architect, reflect that opportunity.
The design work commenced in early 1955. Apprentice Curtis Besinger relates that Mr Wright produced sketches, which he turned over to apprentices in the usual manner for completion of drawings. Besinger had the impression that when Mr Wright worked on this project "his actions seemed perfunctory." "I suspected that his sketches were made at Mrs Wright's urging, and that furniture design was part of Mrs Wright's plans for the future." (Besinger, "Working with Mr Wright," pp 280-81.)
In his 1979 work, "The Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright," David A Hanks contributes a history of the project and its reception by the press and the public. I will reproduce his ten pages on the furniture, below.
© 1979 by David A Hanks
Could these be prototypes ?
from "The Prairie School Tradition," Brian A Spencer, ed., © 1979 by the Prairie Archives of the Milwaukee Art Center
By the way, with that six-legged chair above Mr Wright might finally have solved the stability problem that he repeatedly encountered with chairs, throughout his career. He clearly liked the appearance of the pear over the apple (as it were). Potters call it "lift": the top-heavy, small-bottom form that a lovely vase can assume.
Another unusual piece is the oval ottoman that appears in a photo part-way though Hanks's piece. I don't think I've ever seen one of those . . .