Peacock Chair from the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo
Frank Lloyd Wright
Peacock Chair from the Imperial Hotel, Tokyo (1921)
Oak, oil cloth, covering metal
Bequest of Wilma B. Keyes, 1995.8.4
Wright’s architecture can be described as a gesamtkunstwerk or total work of art; the architect designed buildings as well as furnishings to create an organic whole in terms of materials as well as form. His Imperial Hotel in Tokyo (1915-22, dismantled 1967) is a good example. This chair’s hexagonal back and square seat echo the Mayan Revival architecture of the hotel, while the oak wood compliments the brick and Ōya stone, a rock created from lava and ash, that were used throughout the building. Wright was deeply influenced by Japanese culture, amassing a large personal collection of Japanese art.