Artist/Designer: Frank O. Gehry
b. 1929, Toronto
Title: Little Beaver
Medium: Wood, cardboard.
Dimensions: Chair 13.25"h x 15.5" x 13"
Footstool 6"h x 6.5" x 8.25"
Wood Crate 13.5" x 16.5" x 13"
Details: Chair designed in 1980. Full size version produced by Vitra from 1987-1999. This version is from a Limited Edition series (1:3 scale) produced in 1996 by the Vitra Design Museum. Series includes 4 works (Little Beaver, Big Easy by Ron Arad, Poltrona di Proust and Lassu by Alessandro Mendini). Vitra also currently produces a miniature of Little Beaver in a smaller 1:6 scale. Tag with signature on the bottom of the chair. In excellent condition.
Edition Size: Edition originally planned for 2000 but less than 250 were ever made.
Notes from the archive: The story goes that one day, architect Frank Gehry noticed a pile of cardboard outside his office, a material he preferred for his architectural models, and he began to glue laminated pieces together and then carve them with a hand saw and pocket knife to create small cardboard sculptures. In 1972, he introduced a series of cardboard furniture under the name, "Easy Edges". Vitra produced a number of Gehry's designs from this series and a few are still in production today. This design included in the limited edition series in 1:3 scale is definitely one of the favorite designs from this series and obviously, the chair looks as if the stacked cardboard has been chewed by a little beaver, hence it's name.
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