Easy Edges


Frank O. Gehry (American, born 1934), designer
Frank O. Gehry and Associates, Inc., American, established 1962, manufacturer


ca. 1970


Corrugated cardboard, fiberboard


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Purchase with funds from the Decorative Arts Acquisition Trust

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On View

On View - Wieland Pavilion, Skyway, Gallery 420

The architect Frank O. Gehry worked with corrugated cardboard in thick, laminated layers, as if it were a solid, durable substance. The ease of die-cutting the corrugated cardboard allowed him to create both regular and eccentric shapes—such as this ribbon-like form—that were included among the seventeen pieces of Easy Edges furniture he put into production in 1972. Gehry used the exposed edges rather than the flat planes as his surface, based on the layered construction of architects’ contour models. Having conducted thorough research on the material, he understood its properties. He soon patented the method of construction and developed an efficient manufacturing system, with the end result of inexpensive, well-made goods.