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Usonian styled Plywood Chair
If you are looking for a chair for the porch, outdoors, or just something simple and casual, take a look at the furniture usually included in Frank Lloyd Wright’s 40’s/50’s Usonian homes.
Made of plywood, and often thrown together by carpenters on site – his Usonian designs are simple and quick to build (for the most part – ‘Origami chair’ excepted), almost indestructible, and IHMO – not that bad looking.
This ‘test piece’ was constructed of standard ¾” fir exterior plywood – but FLLW also used plywood with cypress, redwood, and other veneers.
If I were to remake it, I’d run the grain horizontal this time – for a lower, less ‘throne-like’ effect. I might also make it out of a nice hardwood-faced veneer – cherry, oak, or maple hardware veneer plywood. (for inside or porch use)
You really can build one of these in an afternoon. And you have great flexibility in seat and back size, height, and angles.
Post yours if you make one!
Here is how I made mine:
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