Design by Architects
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe, Oscar Niemeyer, and David Adjaye are among the many architects who have produced furniture, product, and jewelry designs. While some architects create design objects to furnish their buildings, others use this smaller scale to experiment with ideas or expand their brand to a larger audience. American architect Frank Lloyd Wright was as meticulous about the interiors of his buildings as he was their exteriors, and designed custom furniture for his “Prairie Houses,” often favoring geometric forms and wooden finishings for his tables, desks, and storage units. Starchitects Zaha Hadid and Frank Gehry, on the other hand, produce furniture designs for the commercial market, creating fluid glass tables and curving cardboard chairs that reflect their architectural aesthetics.