Wharton Escherick – Spiral Library Ladder

Artist Name:  Wharton Escherick
Title:  Spiral Library Ladder
Details:  The first was made in 1966 out of walnut.  Several more were made in walnut and cherry, left- and right-handed.

Why It’s Notable:

Jonathan Fairbanks, an authority of American furniture design described it as “one of the great masterpieces of American furniture, perhaps the most wonderful work ever produced in American furniture.  It is pure sculpture, yet at the same time it is beautiful furniture”.

I love this piece because its form appears so simple, yet complex at the same time.  The success of the design relies on curves, joinery, sculpture, and careful proportions.  It appears sturdy while lightweight at the same time.