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Cross Check Chair, June 24, 1994

This is a chair. It was designed by Frank O. Gehry and manufactured by Knoll International. 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

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