Frank Lloyd Wright

comments (2) June 19th, 2013 in Jigs

Ben_Chambers Ben_Chambers, member
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Does anyone have plans for a robie chair. Any advice would be great. Thanks

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Ron Alley Ron Alley writes: Here is a link to the preservation trust site page with a picture of a Robie House side chair.

Posted: 5:30 pm on July 5th

Ron Alley Ron Alley writes: I've never seen a plan attributed to Frank Lloyd Wright. There are a number of plans for substantially similar chairs.

I had the good fortune to tour the Robie House. But have little memory of any chairs on display. Wright was not a tall man and he tended to design to a human scale with himself the model human. My notion is that the seat would be level and somewhat lower than typical of today's chairs.

A level seat chair with a seat too deep would put uncomfortable pressure on the knees making the chair uncomfortable. The back of a Robie chair offers no lumbar support. That would encourage the occupant to sit up straight and such a design is totally in keeping with the tone of much of FLW's writing. Look at his explanation of why his homes did not include a basement if you doubt this conclusion.
Posted: 5:26 pm on July 5th

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