Frank Lloyd Wright® Heurtley Ottoman by Copeland Furniture
This simple ottoman provides warmth and strength to any room's furnishings. Taking its design cues from furniture designed by Frank Lloyd Wright between 1900 and 1909, the ottoman features a lower shelf for storage, and flared legs because, well, it looks great like that.
The Heurtley Ottoman pairs perfectly with the Heurtley Spindle Back Chair, designed in 1902 for the Arthur Heurtley house in Oak Park, Illinois.
What Makes It Smart?
Its crisp lines and precise woodworking give it long-lasting quality and harmonious aesthetics - you won't have to get rid of it, nor will you want to.
Heurtley Ottoman features:
Fabric upholstered pillow top included
Produced in reference to Frank Lloyd Wright's original furniture drawings and on-site measurements
Crafted from solid, sustainably harvested Cherry or White Oak
White Oak is quartersawn to reveal a ray-fleck in the grain, adding to its natural beauty
Sturdy construction and beautiful woodworking make it long-lasting
16" h x 24" w x 18" d
Made to Order - it's your furniture from start to finish
Made in Vermont
Exclusively produced by Copeland Furniture
*Natural variations in solid wood and hand-applied finishes make each piece unique. Slight grain and finish irregularities tell you that the furniture has been crafted from solid wood, and are considered hallmarks of quality.
Frank Lloyd Wright Furniture® by Copeland is a carefully researched collection of furniture designed by Wright himself, mostly during the first decade of the 20th century. These authentic designs are licensed by the estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. Each piece has been approved by the foundation's design review committee, several members of which worked directly under Wright. Individual pieces are laser engraved with the signature of Frank Lloyd Wright, the date of manufacture, and a discrete serial number. Each piece is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity signed by Bruce Brooks Pfeifer, director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives and former apprentice under Wright himself, and Tim Copeland, president of Copeland Furniture.
Frank Lloyd Wright was born in Richland Center, Wisconsin in 1867, and even before he was born his mother had determined that he would become a great architect, going so far as to hang pictures of cathedrals on his nursery walls. When he was a small child, he developed a strong interest in geometrical design, a clear approach he would carry throughout his life. After starting his education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he moved to Chicago to begin work at the architectural firm of Joseph Lyman Silsbee. He never finished his formal education, but within his first year in Chicago, he left Silsbee to work for Chicago's premier firm, Adler and Sullivan. In 1893, he struck out on his own and established a practice in his own home in Oak Park, Illinois.
Throughout his career, a principle tenet of Wright's philosophy was the integration of design with environment. In his Oak Park years, Wright's designs were heavily influenced by the Midwestern landscape in which he worked. The resultant structures were accordingly called Prairie Houses.
Throughout his career, Wright's designs were governed by a philosophy he called Organic Architecture. Wright himself was notoriously cryptic in his explanation of this philosophy, but its meaning can be understood through an examination of his work. Organic Architecture is not a style (in fact, Wright did not believe in styles). Rather, it is a philosophy, from which design naturally emanates.
Wright believed that a building should belong to the era in which it is created and should be in harmony with its environment, taking advantage of the natural features of the landscape. He believed that a building's first mission is to serve people, with the human being as the primary unit of measure. The form should honestly express the function of the building - a bank should look like a bank, not a Greek Temple. The inherent nature of the building materials should be respected and they should not be disguised to look like something else. A building should function like a cohesive organism, each part of the design relating to the whole, with a natural integration of exterior and interior spaces.
In 1940 Wright created the FLW foundation as a repository for his life's work. He endowed the foundation with his two properties - Taliesin and Taliesin West, his vast portfolio of his design drawings, and his large collection of Japanese prints. The dual purpose of the foundation was to preserve Wright's legacy and advance his philosophy of organic architecture. Today the foundation is staffed by a number of the fellows who worked under Wright himself.
By the time of his death, Wright had designed over 1000 buildings with over 500 completed commissions. He designed some or all of the furniture for many of these buildings.
In 1976, Copeland Furniture began bringing solid hardwood furniture to market through retail partners that shared their passion for timeless design and unparalleled quality. Since then, they've grown from a one-man shop to a family-owned and operated business that is one of the largest employers in Bradford, Vermont. Copeland has built a brand that's known for honesty, integrity, and fairness. Their growing line of products continue to reflect traditional craftsmanship values and evolving market demands.
Today Copeland Furniture manufactures a full line of bedroom, dining room and home office furniture. Designs range from transitional to highly contemporary. Diverse design influences include Arts and Crafts, Asian Design, Shaker Furniture, Scandinavian Design and the architecture and environment of Copeland's home state, Vermont.
Preservation and stewardship are values that run deep in Vermont. They run deep at Copeland Furniture too. Their commitment to sustainability is reflected in the furniture they design and manufacture. They know that our environment is, in many ways, very fragile, and that we are the beneficiaries of the strong stewardship ethic practiced and passed down by those who went before us. It is Copeland Furniture's hope that the next generation appreciates their stewardship and is inspired to continue the tradition.