Italian furniture brand Cassina has reissued an iconic piece of Frank Lloyd Wright-designed furniture, the Taliesin 1 chair. The chair was designed by Lloyd Wright in 1949 for his personal use in the living room of his Taliesin West home and studio in Arizona, where he lived until he passed away in 1959.
The Taliesin 1 chair didn’t enter mass production until the late 1980s, although Cassina discontinued it in 1990 as it was seen as “too avant-garde.” The chair is constructed from a single piece of folded plywood, and will release in its original beech plywood with a cherry wood veneer. The veneer can be left natural or stained in black oak.
The design has been slightly changed for the newer version, with a more reclined backrest and thicker padding, which can be upholstered in leather or fabric. The original feet have also been removed, simplifying the chair’s geometric shape and placing more emphasis on its folded structure.
To mark the launch, Cassina has unveiled a limited-edition series of the Taliesin 1. This run of 450 chairs features three color options — burgundy, dark blue and “petrol green” — all of which are matt lacquered and upholstered in short-hair leather. Head over to the Cassina site for more information.
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