Side Chair

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

Date: ca. 1904

Culture: American

Medium: Oak

Dimensions: 40 1/8 x 15 x 18 7/8 in. (101.9 x 38.1 x 47.9 cm)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of William and Mary Drummond, 1981

Accession Number: 1981.437

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


Frank Lloyd Wright designed this side chair as part of a large set for the employees restaurant in the Larkin Building, Buffalo, New York, which was demolished in 1950. Like the office furniture, the dining chairs are spare in decoration and linear in form. In his 1943 autobiography, Wright described the Larkin project as "the first emphatic outstanding protest against the tide of meaningless elaboration sweeping the United States." Unlike the steel and magnesite office furniture, the oak dining chairs reveal the distinctive influence of De Stijl designers, especially Gerrit Rietveld. The donor, William Drummond, was a protégé of Wright and used this chair in his home after the Larkin factory was demolished. Few others from the restaurant are extant.