WONDERFUL FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT BOOK FROM TASCHEN
is presenting the life and works of the world famous architect Frank Lloyd Wright, (born Frank Lincoln Wright, June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959), was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 projects, which resulted in more than 500 completed works.In three wonderful books, the one with his great working period between 1917-1942, is now present, with texts in English, French and German. The book is full of pictures, sketches. It is a very detailed and beautiful book, presenting a Monument in the architectural world. For me, Frank Lloyd Wright is the greatest architectural capacity in his period.
In this book, full of sketches, drawings, pictures in black and white and in color, we are following this great period including his fantastic Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan from 1917, with very many details. And what is remarkable, as not every architect has this special capacity that not only the architecture of the house is being presented, including the garden exterior, also the interior, the furniture’s, chairs, tables, desk, lamps, rugs. In addition delicious dishware porcelain and polychrome mural wall pictures. And even luggage label and layout for advertising brochure. – It is interesting to enjoy that architects from the whole world has been inspired from Frank Lloyd Wright’s ideas. Especially as this period is much more detailed than we today are finding modern. – In this I see his inspiration from the Norwegian Dragon style, which he, and after him others has been developing. Honestly I am not sure that I today find the furniture’s from the Imperial Hotel very elegant, more special, and they don’t look comfortable to me. In addition the Imperial Hotel Annex from 1920. It was elegantly furnished with Wrights own furniture and lighting designs as well as the oriental art treasures that he was accumulating during this time. Wright appropriated a suite in the new building for himself.
One of the very highlights of his production is the weekend country home “Falling Water” that he designed for Edgar J
. Kaufmann in 1935 in MIll Run , Pennsylvania. After Wright visited the country home site he wrote to Mr. Kaufmann: “The visit to the waterfall in the woods stays with me and a domicile has taken vague shape in my mind“. Wright placed the house directly over the waterfall, although Kaufmann has anticipated its placement lower down the streams looking up to the water cascades. But Wright replied: “No, not simply to look at the waterfalls but to live with them”. And as this it became, and the Waterfall House has been one of the most remembered houses by Frank Lloyd Wright. It ranks as one of the most successful integrations of architecture and nature. The house is on three levels and is approached via a bridge over the stream, Bear Run: “You listen to Fallingwater the way you listen to the quiet of the country. It is a great blessing”.
The close connection with Aline Barsdal is going through all this book, presenting plenty of outstanding architectural houses, theater, her Hollyhock House from 1919 in Olive Hill, Los Angeles, California. With interior design, and delicious leaded glass windows. In this, by the new color photos, more comfortable furniture are presented. Aline Barsdall Motion Picture Theater, her Residence A and B, and projects for Actors Abode and Terrace Stores and Houses. Unfortunately the drama theater, the motion picture theater and the rental houses and shops never went into construction. Barnsdal seemingly having lost interest in the projects.
Wright promoted organic architecture (exemplified by Fallingwater), was a leader of the Prairie School movement of architecture (exemplified by the Robie House and the Westcott House), and developed the concept of the Usonian home (exemplified by the Rosenbaum House). His work includes original and innovative examples of many different building types, including offices, churches, schools, skyscrapers, hotels, and museums
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. Wright also often designed many of the interior elements of his buildings, such as the furniture and stained glass.
Already well-known during his lifetime, Wright was recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all time”.
Some of the buildings designed at Taliesin were Fallingwater, the Guggenheim Museum, the Johnson Wax Headquarters, and the first Usonian home, the first Herbert and Katherine Jacobs house, in Madison, Wisconsin (1936).
This book about the Frank Lloyd Wright period 1917-1942 is the middle between the first of the books in the series: The Complete Works, starting with the one presenting the period 1885-1916, and followed by the one 1943-1959. The first book is dedicated to the early Chicago period years and the Prairie houses, a period that exerted a profound influence on European Architects. Wrights commissions ranged from the revolutionary 1893 William Winstow House, to the innovative office building for the Larkin Company to the world famous Frederick C. Robie House in Chicago of 1909.
In the last period 1943-1959 opens with Wrights organic architecture introducing ideas for the use of solar energy and curved open spaces. Including the Guggenheim Museum. The Postwar era saw other extraordinary projects, such as Wright´s plans for a new Baghdad. The only high-ride tower he actually executed in Barthesville, Oklahoma. The Beth Sholom Synagoge in Elkins Park, Pensyllvania.
One of his says was: “I believe in God, only I spell it Nature”.
It was too his believing that: “The mother art is architecture. Without architecture of our own we have no soul of our own civilization”.
Editors: Peter Gössel/ Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer. 487 pages. Big Size.