This chair was part of a suite of dining chairs and a table designed by Frank Lloyd Wright for the home of his lawyer, Sherman M. Booth, in Glencoe, Illinois around 1912. The seats were upholstered with maroon velvet; but the badly damaged wicker and upholstery were replaced with new caning in 1978.
This cane chair features the dark wood and striking design typical of much of Frank Lloyd Wright's Prairie School furniture. Wright had an illustrious career in Chicago, working under Joseph Silsbee and Alder & Sullivan before beginning private practice in 1893. Wright is best known for his private residences, designed in a style known as Prairie School. This architectural style used dark woods and natural colors to create a sense of intimacy and warmth. Wright often designed the furniture, windows, and all other decorative elements as integral parts of the whole space. Wright's homes and furnishings, although only affordable for the wealthiest Chicagoans, had an enormous impact on residential architecture across America.