Star Architect Frank Gehry Fights Genetic Diseases With Recycled Bench

frank gehry bench photo
Photo: via Emeco

Star architect and designer Frank Gehry, perhaps best known for adding steel and aluminum curves in unexpected places, is no newbie to the green scene: He has a prefab under his belt, and, in the late 1960's, he was a pioneer in the cardboard furniture movement. He has even had some of his classic pieces knocked-off in greener renditions. This week, at Milan furniture fair Salone Internazionale del Mobile (which we are covering live!), he'll help fight hereditary diseases with the Tuyomyo bench, made of 80 percent recycled aluminum.frank-gehry-bench-2.jpg
Photo: via Emeco

Manufactured by Emeco, the one-off piece applies "aircraft manufacturing technology," according to the press release, and will be auctioned in May. The proceeds will benefit the Leslie Gehry Brenner Award of the Hereditary Disease Foundation (HDF).

frank gehry bench photo
Photo: via Emeco

Gehry had a few specific impressions during the planning stage: "The form has to be free and light. It must be structural, and at the same time poetic. And a little dangerous," the architect said.

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