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Inside the Walls: Architects Design


Friedman Benda presented the “Inside the Walls: Architects Design” exhibition, with seminal furniture designed by a broad range of pivotal architects—such as Luis Barragan, Lina Bo Bardi, Marcel Breuer, Charles and Ray Eames, Frank Gehry, Philip Johnson, Oscar Niemeyer, Charlotte Perriand, Warren Platner, Gio Ponti, Ettore Sottsass, Kenzō Tange and Mies van der Rohe—with a focus on three groundbreaking figures: Gerrit Thomas Rietveld, Rudolph Schindler, and Frank Lloyd Wright.

Drawing on archival photographs of interiors and historical ephemera, the exhibit charted revolutionary developments in architecture and design across the 20th century. Testaments to the innovative use of new technologies born out of post-war scarcity, works such as Charles and Ray Eames’s ESU 400 Storage Unit (1950) and Charlotte Perriand’s Bibliotheque ‘Maison du mexique’ (1953) epitomize the ingenious use of materials like fiberglas, bent plywood and tubular steel.

Pieces of furniture originally designed for specific commissions were juxtaposed with furniture and fittings unrelated to a particular project. At the centerpiece of the exhibition were the light fixtures from Frank Lloyd Wright’s Francis W. Little House in Wayzata, Minnesota, exemplary of Wright’s “organic architecture” approach to interior/exterior cohesion.


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