Frank Lloyd Wright® Taliesin Barrel Chair
by Copeland Furniture
Prominent in Wright's own residence, this signature chair is comfortable, compact and perfect as a stand-alone or dining room chair. Iconic and architecturally designed, the Taliesin Barrel Chair is sure to add beauty to your home.
The Barrel Chair is one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most recognized furniture designs and an icon of design and style. Having originally designed it in 1903 for the Darwin D. Martin House, Wright re-designed the chair in 1937 for the Herbert F. Johnson House, "Wingspread," in Racine, Wisconsin. Around that time, Barrel Chairs were also made for Mr. Wright's own house, Taliesin, in Spring Green, Wisconsin.
Wright began building Taliesin in 1911. The name Taliesin is Welsh and means "shining brow." The building rests near the top of a hill overlooking the fields, lakes, and hillsides of the pastoral Wisconsin landscape. As with his previous home in Oak Park, Taliesin continually grew and expanded over the course of nearly fifty years. It differs from Wright's previous Prairie houses, which were mostly in urban settings, in that it is an intimate companion to the land on which it is constructed.
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The stain is hand-applied, and wiped in such a way as to highlight the beautiful wood grain - you won't be receiving a cookie-cutter piece, but rather one that's got its own distinct characteristics.
Taliesin Barrel Chair features:
- Produced from Frank Lloyd Wright's original drawings and on-site measurements
- Spindle back dramatically extends from the bottom of the curved backrest to the floor
- 33" h x 23.625" w x 23.125" d
- Crafted from solid, sustainably harvested cherry wood in one of two finishes
- 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.
Materials & MeasurementsMaterials
Frame: solid cherry wood
Seat Cushion: foam with fabric upholsteryMeasurements
33" h x 23.625" w x 23.125" d
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Copeland Furniture deeply values preservation and stewardship of natural resources. Some of their commitments include:
- Using sustainably harvested hardwoods from the American Northern Forest
- Using only lumber from within 500 miles of their factory, using less fossil fuel in transportation
- Working with the SmartWood program of the Rainforest Alliance (wood solely from forests that are not threatened, not in significant need of conservation, and contain no GMO trees)
- Maintaining FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification
- Making water-based finishes available on most of their furniture, with the benefit of drastically reduced VOC emissions and less off-gassing at the customers' homes
- Creating durable, heirloom-quality furniture that will be able to be handed down through generations
- Reducing packaging material, and recycling all packaging waste
- Heating the factory completely with wood waste from manufacturing, in order to reduce consumption of imported oil
About The Manufacturer
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.
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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.
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.