Friday, November 13, 2009


Canadian-born Frank Gehry (1929 - ) is one of the most sought-after, internationally recognized and prolific architects and designers in the world today. His work defies categorization, but has become an icon of current architecture with such projects as the Vitra Museum in Weil-am-Rhein Germany, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao Spain, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum in Minneapolis and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. “His structures are often characterized by unconventional or distorted shapes that have a sculptural, fragmented, or collage like quality. In designing public buildings, he tends to cluster small units within a larger space rather than creating monolithic structures, thus emphasizing human scale”. Gehry's newest architectural projects include the proposed and controversial New Jersey Nets complex in Brooklyn, New York, a satellite museum for the Guggenheim, a hospital wing in Scotland and a museum extension in Gehry's birthplace of Toronto. In addition to designing over 30 existing buildings, Gehry has distinguished himself with a handful of furniture designs currently produced by companies Vitra, Heller and Knoll.

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Vitra Museum Weil-am-Rhein Germany (top)
Guggenheim Bilbao Spain (2nd)
Walt Disney Concert Hall Los Angeles (3rd)
Wiggle chair for Vitra (4th0
FG Furniture Collection for Heller (bottom)

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