Steelcase, in partnership with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, has re-released a line of office furniture designed by Wright in 1939. The Racine Collection "reintroduces, reinterprets and reimagines the classic furniture designs of Wright, originally produced by Steelcase for the SC Johnson Administration building in Racine, Wisconsin in 1939."
What's interesting is that the pieces have been slightly modified for the 2020s. "Select Signature pieces will faithfully match the style and finishes of the original furniture, with subtle adjustments to the collection's proportions and scale to support modern living," Steelcase writes.
I figured maybe they meant cable management, but at least one of the changes has to do with how big Americans and our worksurfaces have become in 2023 versus 1939. The changes include "new desk and guest chair sizes that feature broader dimensions and proportions; an expanded material palette to provide more design choice; and the first-ever public introduction of a lounge chair that Wright designed for the SC Johnson building in 1939."
I'm not crazy about the chairs, but the desks look fantastic. They also look pretty sweet when paired with a modern-day chair:
You can browse the new collection here.
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