In 1907, Frank Lloyd Wright designed and built the E. E. Boynton House in Rochester, New York at a cost of $55,000. Wright drew plans for the compound curve of the Boynton dining chair’s back – a horizontal curve to cradle the shoulders and a vertical curve to support the lower back – but because of limitations in tools and technology at that time the chairs built for the Boynton house had flat back panels.
Working from Mr. Wright’s original drawings from 1907, Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vermont began manufacture of the original, un-built design of the Boynton Arm Chair in 2007. Each piece bears a unique serial number, its date of manufacture, and the signature of Frank Lloyd Wright.
Dana-Thomas dining room furniture was originally designed for the house of Susan Lawrence Dana. In 1902, she engaged Wright to build a house in which she could entertain on a grand scale. The dining room is an expansive two-story space with a barrel-vaulted ceiling, beautiful murals and art glass. The room and its furnishings could accommodate up to 40 guests at one sitting.
The Dana-Thomas Dining Chairs are produced from Wright’s drawings and on-site measurements at the Dana-Thomas House. They were reissued in 2006 by Copeland Furniture of Bradford, Vermont. Each piece bears a unique serial number, its date of manufacture, and the signature of Frank Lloyd Wright.