Frank Gehry is well know from the curvilinear forms that he uses in his buildings such as the Guggenheim Museum in Bilboa and the Stata Center for MIT in Cambridge, MA. As many architects do, he has turned his design skills to other things including furniture, jewellery for Tiffany & Co and a glass bottle design for Wyborowa Vodka.
In many of these designs, he has been inspired by fish. “It was by accident I got into the fish image…..Three hundred million years before man was fish….if you gotta go back, and you’re insecure about going forward…go back three hundred million years ago…… I started drawing fish in my sketchbook, and then I started to realize that there was something in it.”
His first Fish Lamp was designed nearly thirty years ago, evolving from a commission in 1983 by the Formica Corporation to create objects from their new plastic laminate ColorCore. After accidentally shattering a piece, he was inspired by image of fish scales and created wire structures to form fish shapes, onto which shards of ColorCore were individually glued, alluding to the flexible changing shapes created by real fish.
He returned to these ideas in 2012 and starting working on a new group of Fish Lamps, some of which are now on display in the Gargosian Gallery in Mayfair, London, having been on show in Beverley Hills and Paris. These are bold imaginative hand-made works and, with the best 3D sculptural ones, you can almost feel that the fish will move off and swim around. Definitely something for your New York loft apartment!