Chiat/Day building

Frank Gehry's unconventional vision

Frank Gehry's refusal to be confined by convention results in groundbreaking works of architecture such as the ChiatDay building in Venice, California. Designed for the iconoclast advertising agency, ChiatDay, the 75,000 square foot building with an entrance façade of giant binoculars is one of Gehry’s most memorable buildings.

This one of a kind coffee table was custom designed for a sitting area in the ChiatDay offices. Consisting of long cardboard forms wound into loops, the ChiatDay coffee table represents an extension of the Experimental Edges cardboard furnishings Gehry developed from 1979 - 1982. Despite its lightweight material, the table assumes an arresting visual density. The natural tone and texture of the cardboard material are the primary visual elements which make this unique coffee table visually arresting.

What is architecture? It's a three-dimensional object, right? So why can’t it be anything?

—Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry

Frank Gehry was born on February 28, 1929 in Toronto, Canada. His family moved to Los Angeles where Gehry would attend the University of Southern California earning his bachelor degree in architecture in 1954. In 1956 Gehry moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts to study city planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he completed only two years of the program before returning to Los Angeles. Back in California, Gehry worked for Hideo Sasaki, Pereira & Luckman, Victor Gruen & Associates and André Remondet before starting his own firm, Frank Gehry and Associates in 1962.

Early projects in his career, such as his Easy Edges furniture line (1969-1973) comprised of chairs, stools and tables made of stacked corrugated cardboard, and his 1978 remodel of his Santa Monica residence using industrial items such as chain-link fencing, corrugated metal, wire-reinforced glass and plywood exhibit Gehry’s innovative use of materials and originality in form. By the 1980s Gehry was established in the field and in 1989 he was awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize for his experimental and extraordinary approach to design. Gehry rose to fame with important structures and projects such as the Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao (1997) and the Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles (2003). Today Gehry is well-known for his distinct, artistic style.

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