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FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT
DESIGNER AND ARCHITECT (USA)

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Frank Lloyd Wright was one of the most prominent members of the Arts and Crafts movement. He advanced the design of interiors and exteriors of buildings, establishing a sought after style. He believed in ‘organic architecture’ (a phrase coined by Wright), whereby the design of furniture within a building, its decor, the buildings exterior appearance and the environment it all sat in, were in harmony. The building and the landscape are blurred into one unified natural scene.

As an architect he designed houses, offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels and museums. One example is the ‘Fallingwater’ house, constructed in 1935 in Pennsylvania. Designed for the Kaufmanns, a successful Pennsylvanian family. Its ‘organic’ cantilever design, allows it to sit effortlessly in its environment. The natural features of the landscape are integrated into its interior. This includes boulders from the site, which are an integral part of the sandstone fireplace.

The chair seen below, is one of a set of four chairs designed by Wright in 1902, for the Ward W. Willits House in Illinois, which is identified as the first outstanding ‘Prairie house style’, by Wright. His furniture is often characterised by straight lines and rectangular forms. Wright’s style is similar to that of Charles Rennie Mackintosh. They were both influenced by Japanese styles.

Wright is remembered as one of the USA’s most famous and influential designers / architects. His work is studied across the world and commands very high prices (quite rightly), when auctioned.
 
 
 
Fallingwater House 1935
 
 
 
 
 
Set of four chairs (1902) - Designed for the Willits House
 
 
 
 
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