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frank lloyd wright furniture

Postby peterm » Thu Feb 26, 2009 8:05 pm

we are building the furniture from the original drawings that came with our 1949 frank lloyd wright house in oskaloosa ia. here are some pics of the house, completed furniture and 1/2 size mdf and cardboard models of the furniture which will be built soon:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N06/sets/

go to lamberson house furniture, then click on slideshow...
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Postby ch » Fri Feb 27, 2009 4:13 am

Peterm,

You are doing such a great job on the house! This begs many questions - what type of wood are you using, who is your fabricator, what is that upholstery fabric? Also, if you didn't mind sharing, I was curious as to what the cost was for doing such detailed work.

This place will be wonderful when you are finished. It's amazing that such an incredible house could cost so little in Iowa. I bet you wish you could pick the whole thing up and bring it to LA.

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Postby peterm » Fri Feb 27, 2009 10:32 am

thank you...

the 12 hassocks are made of clear heart solid redwood, and the rest of the furniture will be made with plywood with redwood veneer with solid wood edge fascias. this was a more common material around 1950, but now our cabinetmaker, stafford norris 111, is using his vacuum press and will veneer his own plywood. one can find vertical grain redwood veneer, but finding rotary cut or flat grain veneer is next to impossible. we finally found it, however, and it will match the interior wood and other built ins.

the upholstery i found here in l.a. at an amazing place downtown called michael levines. i bought the whole bolt (52 yards) because the color and texture were right, and they were only asking 3.50 a yard! it was some old stock just lying there. i should have enough to do everything, and maybe even curtains or bedspreads, etc...

it has been an adventure; the wood has all come from california, and has been shipped to minneapolis, where stafford lives and has his shop. we will then rendevous in oskaloosa when he has a little more finished.

as for the cost of the furniture, i think it is reasonable, considering how high the quality is going to be. the hassocks including upholstery are coming to about $425.00 a piece. i honestly don't know the exact price for the rest of the stuff.

of course it would be great to have the house in l.a., but iowa is nice and oskaloosa is a peaceful and soulful little town. we're hoping to eventually be able to divide our time between the two places.


http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N06/sets/

go to lamberson house furniture, then click on slideshow...
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Postby peterm » Tue Mar 03, 2009 5:43 pm

a few more model pics of the lamberson house dining tables and benches, which will each have (2) 2' by 2' by 2" cushions

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N06/sets/

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Postby ch » Wed Mar 04, 2009 3:48 am

Can't wait to see photo set #1 inserted into photo set #3. House looks great and can only get better.

Do you have plans for the kitchen, which appears not be original? I never liked those "country" hinges and especially not in this house!

Keep us posted on the progress.

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Postby peterm » Wed Mar 04, 2009 7:17 am

you're right, the workspace (kitchen) cabinets are not original. fortunately, we have the drawings, so we will bring them back, probably keeping the appliances, which seem to be early sixties.

those country hinges would maybe go well in a ranch-knotty pine house kitchen (think david lynch-cherry pie-twin peaks) but certainly not in a wright house. the new cabinet doors will be flush with the frame and the shelf line above the low cabinet (also unfortunately altered) in the transitional area between workspace and gallery (hallway) will continue. the bookshelves, as practical as they might be, will be nixed in the gallery.

we're doing the freestanding pieces first, then tackling the built ins...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N06/sets/

go to lamberson house furniture, then click on slideshow...
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lamberson furniture in situ

Postby peterm » Thu May 28, 2009 8:56 pm

the first batch of furniture arrived in oskaloosa last week. it's good to see the furniture out of the shop and in the house!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N ... 942444960/

click on slide show...
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Postby jakabedy » Fri May 29, 2009 6:43 am

It looks amazing. Keep up the good work!
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Postby rockland » Fri May 29, 2009 5:10 pm


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Postby peterm » Fri May 29, 2009 9:43 pm

the carpet was there and we haven't removed it yet. last week was our first stay in the house. it does have tack strips, and hopefully they didn't hurt the original red concrete floors too much.

we know it will be a big mess, but we are hoping to do it on our next trip out to oskaloosa.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N ... 942444960/

the sheepskins are for protection, but they also add extra comfort and were a favorite of wright's, especially on these chairs.

(i don't think he got his at ikea though!)
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Postby rockland » Sat May 30, 2009 4:22 am

Oh, congrats on your first stay!
Just saw the WrightChat posting. Did not realize some of the repairs and restorings
are just beginning. Mini blinds?! Tack strips. yikes. But all can be repaired with a
delicate touch and correct materials.

(the big scare with toxic mini-blinds, visually toxic also, is the cheap plasics
some are made of. They continue off-gassing toxic fumes when heated by
the sun...every day.)

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Postby peterm » Sat May 30, 2009 6:29 am

our mini blinds are/were metal, so i was referring to the visual toxicity, but the plastic "wands" should be sent straight to some recycling bin...
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frank lloyd wright furniture

Postby peterm » Wed Aug 12, 2009 6:11 pm

we just returned from our second stay at the lamberson house. we ripped out the carpet and started the clean up of the red concrete floors. also, the second installment of wright designed furniture arrived (benches and two modular dining tables)

carpet removal:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N ... 011920866/

pics of furniture and floors with a couple of exterior shots thrown in:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/31185895@N ... 015372072/
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