Rare complete original condition Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesen dining table and chair set (for 6), mahogany, 1955, Signed.
Manufactured by Heritage Henredon.
This set has been together since 1955 and I’d prefer for it to remain as such moving forward. FLW first and only “retail” furniture line.
Henredon partnered with Heritage in order to produce the upholstered pieces. The line was comprised of over 60 pieces. Despite Henredon’s massive advertising efforts, a media blitz that included the 86 year-old superstar architect using the furniture in photographs, his signature, and likeness throughout the campaign (see photos), the collection failed miserably with furniture buyers. Production stopped within months of its debut… completely discontinued within 18 months, in fact. The collection was neither traditional nor modern enough for the decorating world and homeowner “herself” (the line’s slogan was “furniture for the housewife.”) Ironically (but unsurprisingly) many of the pieces from the Taliesin collection are of the most sought-after midcentury American production in today’s market as it displays a masterful pulling together, by the 86-year-old architect, of so much of what had defined the American aesthetic throughout the first half of the 20th century. Ribbons of restrained, linear ornament serves to underscore the materiality and grandeur of the organic material, while at the same time reinforcing a perfect simple geometry, horizontals and verticals, a reference to the small, liminal space that exists between what is considered poetic, personal and aesthetic (Charles Rennie Mackintosh, for example) and what is considered a new, fresh impersonality and simplicity (the coffee tables of Florence Knoll, for example.)