Thursday, June 8, 2017

Artist's Spotlight: Happy Birthday Frank Lloyd Wright®

 Avery Coonley Playhouse: Triptych Window, 1912

Today is June 8th and we're celebrating iconic American architect Frank Lloyd Wright's® 150th birthday. However infamous for his personal exploits and scandals, Wright was a singular designer and innovator, collaborating with his mentor Louis Sullivan on a stylistic revolution that would come to be known as the Prairie Style of architecture.

A Frank Lloyd Wright® building is instantly recognizable: simultaneously unmistakably individual, and evocative of an entire era. They are significant for an exceptional appreciation of organic surroundings, as well as their use of materials to revolutionize the interplay of indoor and outdoor Steel and glass was employed to dematerialize the built environment. These structures extend into, and are extensions of, the natural world.

Wright’s designs helped usher in the age of modernity, and had a profound impact on the decorative arts. In his Avery Coonley Playhouse Triptych Window, pictured above, we see the elements that would anticipate the reductive abstraction of artists such as Piet Mondrian and the subsequent stylistic tendencies of minimalism and conceptualism. With simple geometric shapes gradually yielding to a more complex ornamental scheme, this design is characteristic of Wright's aesthetic. 

Instinctively and naturally if you beautify your own life, you beautify the life of everybody
 around you. -Frank Lloyd Wright®
Begin to beautify: shop our assortment of Frank Lloyd Wright® inspired product below or here.

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