Desk from the SC Johnson Wax Administration Building, Racine, WI
Steelcase, Inc., Grand Rapids, Michigan, established 1912, manufacturer
Frank Lloyd Wright made this strikingly streamlined desk and chair for the S. C. Johnson & Son Administration Building in Racine, Wisconsin. Their curved shapes and Cherokee red color echo those of the building. With enameled steel frames, a cantilevered work surface, swinging rather than sliding drawers, and hinged, removable wastebaskets, the desk and chair are remarkable examples of Wright’s innovative design sensibility. Unfortunately for the workers using it, this original three-legged form of the chair, subsequently redesigned to include four legs, was notorious for tipping over.