Frank Lloyd Wright's 1949 Taliesin "Origami Chair" is one of the most coveted of his furniture designs. Designed as if it was folded from a sheet of plywood, the chair has had many incarnations associated with different Wright house projects. For a time, furniture maker Cassina offered a licensed reproduction for—of course—an exorbinate price. Well, Old School designs are ripe for New School interpretations...
Now, a new generation of designers has caught the origami bug. Fredrik Färg has developed a new version of the folded chair idea he calls "COAT." Made from flat sheets of moldable polyester felt that wrap around an internal metal frame, the armchair was inspired by men's suits and dinner jackets. The material is held together by two "cufflinks" and the “collar” located at the backrest can be turned down or "popped" up (if you're into that sort of fashion statement.)
For you New School folks, check out more images of "COAT" by following the link. For the Old School folks, hopefully Copeland Furniture will soon add an affordable reproduction Wright Origami Chair to their line-up. Fingers crossed!
Wright Origami Chair copyright Simon Clay. "COAT" images copyright Fredrik Färg