Chaise Longue, "Bubbles", ca. 1988 Cardboard. Museum purchase from the Members' Acquisitions Fund of Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum. 2012-3-1.
What is this?
Base consisting of a continuous, ribbon-like curved mass of layered corrogated cardboard topped by a separate horizontal corrogated cardboard sheet acting as a cushion.
Why is this in our collection?
From Acquisition Justification: "Best known for his deconstructivist buildings, Canadian-American architect and Pritzker-Prize winner Frank O. Gehry (1929- ) experimented with furniture design in the late 1960s before he became a household name. He was first introduced to making furniture in 1954 while serving in the U.S. Army, where he designed furniture for the enlisted soldiers. In addition, before becoming involved with architecture, Gehry designed museum exhibitions, which allowed him to understand how three-dimensional objects inhabited a space. With the oil crisis of the 1970s and the growing awareness of the environmental effects of consumer waste, plastic lost some of its appeal,... more