The chair, Etazin, is made of three massive steel rings. The outer ring is stationary, creating a frame so that the two inner rings can rotate. A curved, upholstered lounge chair sits on the innermost ring.
The play is now part of a new permanent installation in Taliesin West, the main campus of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture in Arizona. “It’s thought of as a lavish piece of outdoor lounge furniture, but it really looks like a sculpture when not in use,” says Kate Brown, the interior designer who dreamed and crafted the chair.
The chair was not assigned to a project, so Braun was thrilled when the school offered to make the piece a permanent installation on the site in mid-April.
The biggest challenge for Brown was to find someone who could bend steel into perfect 8-foot-wide rings.”After many phone calls, I finally found someone in town and was recommended to Ironwood Artistic Assistance in making it because they had a lot of work with the school in the past,” Brown says.”Beautiful workmanship and an amazing talent went into creating it.”
Brown made and put the chair together to Ironwood Artistic in Phoenix, then invited him to a pickup and drove the 30 km or so to Taliesin.
Also visit the chair during the tours to the surrounding shelters built by the students, but be sure to check the calendar. Because of the heat in summer, the school holds all desert tours from May to October.