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Don’t Miss This Sale! Summer Seconds on July 30th

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New Collab! Stüssy Japan Makes The Fiberglass Shell Chair Their Own

Stüssy is a favorite clothing/lifestyle choice in Japan, and now this niche branch of the 1980s surf brand has created its own (very cool and unique!) version of our Fiberglass Shell Chair.

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The Modernica X Stüssy Fiberglass Shell Chair features our classic Elephant Arm Shell set on a custom bronze-plated low-rod base. This is the first time one of our metal bases has seen anything other than steel or powder-coat, and the results are stunning. The chair makes a bold statement in any space it complements, but it is only available in Japan at the moment. Here are a few dealers of  Stüssy Livin’ General Store products throughout the land of the rising sun: Stussylivin.jp/dealer.

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The Frank Lloyd Wright Legacy, Part 4: Heloise Crista

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Heloise Crista in costume of her own design, 1958. Photo by John Engstead.

Architecture is, first and foremost, an art. It is unique in the fact that a creative and free-thinking mindset must be bolstered by technical skill and an understanding of engineering; but an art, nevertheless. Frank Lloyd Wright understood the importance of arts as a whole, and so hosted music, art, and dance festivals regularly at his Taliesin schools. It was this aspect that originally attracted Heloise Crista, who was, at that time, a dancer.

Crista came to Taliesin West in the late 1940s to design costumes and choreography for the music and dance festivals held there. She quickly became entranced with the creative atmosphere and began experimenting with different mediums. Crista began working with bronze in the mid-50s and her first major work was a bust of Frank Lloyd Wright, which still resides at the school today.

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Frank Lloyd Wright Bust, 1956. Photo courtesy of AZ Central.

Although Crista did not fully embrace her art career until many years later in 1978, her sculptures quickly gained fame and popularity. Her work is now highly-sought-after and exhibits around the world. The artist continues to live, work, and teach at Taliesin West.

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‘Aiming for the Mark’ in cast bronze. Photo courtesy of Dial R for Retro.

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Being in the Moment’ in cast Bronze. Photo courtesy of Safety 3rd.

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Sculpture Garden at Taliesin West, all by Heloise Crista. Photo courtesy of Mary Loudriedger.

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‘Coming into the Present’ in cast bronze, 2002. Photo courtesy of Travel with Intent.

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‘Solar Wind’ in cast bronze, 1992. Photo courtesy of Monceau on Flickr.

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‘St. Elizabeth Ann Seton’ in cast bronze. Photo courtesy of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.

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‘Sacred Energy’ in cast bronze. Photo courtesy of Transplanted Tatar.

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‘The Guardian’ in cast bronze. Photo courtesy of Tom Greene on Flickr.

 

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