Frank O. Gehry (Toronto 1929-)

“Design should speak of its time and place, but yearn for timelessness. One of the most prevailing, popular and prolific architects and designers in the world today, Frank Gehry’sbody of work eludes definitive categorization. A great deal of Gehry’s work falls into Deconstructivism a development of postmodern architecture that began to take shape in the late 1980s. In contemporary architecture, Deconstructivism opposes the ordered rationality of Modernism. Its features include the idea of fragmentation, unpredictability and controlled chaos and a departure from Modernisms concern with societal goals and functional necessity. The idea is that structures don’t have to reflect or conform to universal ideas or structured ideas about form. Gehry’s style can feel at times almost raw or uncompleted, like his Santa Monica residence for example. So far, Gehry has designed over 30 completed building projects including such notable spaces as the Vitra Museum, the Guggenheim Museum in Spain, and the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. One look at the shapes and movements of all of these spaces and you can see how Gehry’s style departs from the “form follows function” ideas of modernism. In addition to his architectural projects, Gehry has distinguished himself with a handful of critically acclaimed and commercially successful furniture designs.Gehry created his Experimental Edges furniture, an example of Gehry's desire to exploring structural strength and form in uncommon materials through engineering. Later Gehry developed his “Cross Check” series, a collection of bentwood chairs and tables using woven strips of maple with no added structural support. In 2010, Vanity Fair called Gehry "the most important architect of our age" and time and tide will determine the lasting impact of his architectural contributions.