Cross Check Chair, June 24, 1994
This is a Chair. It was designed by Frank O. Gehry. It is dated June 24, 1994 and we acquired it in 2006. Its medium is laminated white maple. It is a part of the Product Design and Decorative Arts department.
Inspired by the apple crates he had played on as a child, Frank Gehry created the ribbon-like design of the Cross Check chair with thin interwoven maple strips. The chair is part of the Gehry Collection for Knoll International; chairs from 1992–94, of which this is an example, were made with a white maple from a reservation which was specially chosen as environmentally sustainable.
While the museum does have two of Gehry’s corrugated cardboard chairs, the Cross Check chair represents a different line of thinking and would bring up-to-date the museum’s series of bentwood laminated furniture, which includes examples by Thonet, John Henry Belter, and Alvar Aalto. This chair would be a very appropriate and welcome addition to the museum’s seating collection, both as an example of the use of bentwood and as an example of the creative process of a leading architect who references the historical continuum.
It is credited
Gift of Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz.
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Its dimensions are
H x W x D: 87 x 69 x 60 cm (34 1/4 x 27 3/16 x 23 5/8 in.)
It has the following markings
On underside of seat: "Knoll/Frank Gehry" (signature); "made 6/24/94"
Cite this object as
Cross Check Chair, June 24, 1994; Designed by Frank O. Gehry (American, b. Canada, 1929); USA; laminated white maple; H x W x D: 87 x 69 x 60 cm (34 1/4 x 27 3/16 x 23 5/8 in.); Gift of Joel and Anne Ehrenkranz; 2006-24-2