Revolving Armchair

Maker: Frank Lloyd Wright (American, Richland Center, Wisconsin 1867–1959 Phoenix, Arizona)

Date: ca. 1904

Culture: American

Medium: Steel, wood

Dimensions: 38 x 20 3/4 x 24 3/4 in. (96.5 x 52.7 x 62.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Purchase, Theodore R. Gamble, Jr. Gift, in honor of his mother, Mrs. Theodore Robert Gamble, 1979

Accession Number: 1979.130

Rights and Reproduction: © 2017 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York


Frank Lloyd Wright designed this armchair along with many other pieces of furniture for the offices of the Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York, which was demolished in 1950. In his 1943 autobiography, Wright called this project "the first emphatic outstanding protest against the tide of meaningless elaboration sweeping the United States … The furniture was all made of steel and magnesite built into place—even the desks and chairs we made with the building."