R-bar Stool
Canada / USA, 1972
Frank Gehry

Easy Edges, Inc.
Cardboard, masonite
12 × 17 × 29¾”

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. —Wright

These R-bar stools are some of the earliest examples produced on the east coast. This pair comes from the collection of Jim Schnitzius, salesman for Western Kraft East, the company that sold the corrugated cardboard to Easy Edges. He acquired these directly from the production floor in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and they have remained in his collection until now.

Frank Gehry, seated on the right, with an R-bar stool at his Fantasy Bar.

"Easy Edges furniture is not only beautiful, practical and inexpensive, but it is easy to live with and easy to care for. In a test of strength three bar stools supported a Volkswagen easily." —Easy Edges manufacturer's catalog, 1972

(Photo: Wright)