Frank Lloyd Wright “Barrel” chairs for Cassina, patinated wood and velvet seat, Italy, 1937, set of four.
A timeless design informed by exceptional constructive complexity, the iconic Barrel chair was created in 1937 by Frank Lloyd Wright, based on an original design dating from 1904.
This barrel-shaped armchair is composed of 37 parts, each fitting into the other with pinpoint precision. The base and the chair back are constructed from three pieces of solid wood, bent at a different angles. Each of the three pieces is then cut in two to counterbalance the tensions created during the steam-bending and the drying processes. The two parts are then placed back-to-back and glued together. The joints are all carved directly into the wood.
Height: 31.89 in (81 cm)
Width: 21.66 in (55 cm)
Depth: 21.66 in (55 cm)
Seat Height: 19.69 in (50 cm)
Our atelier carefully restored and reupholstered the chairs in burgundy velvet. Slight signs of use and time.