Monday, September 6, 2010

Frank Lloyd Wright June 8, 1867 – April 9, 1959

Frank Lloyd Wright was already well-know during his lifetime but it 1991 Wright was recognized as "the greatest American architect of all time" by the American Institute of Architects. During Wright's life he designed more than 1,000 projects in witch more then 500 were completed. Wright liked to use organic architecture witch is center around the idea that there should be a harmony between human habitation and the natural world through design. this can be seen in Wright's work Fallingwater. Fallingwater is listed among Smithsonian's Life List of 28 places "to visit before you die."

Although Frank Lloyd Wright was best known for his architecture Wright was also an accomplished interior designer. Wright would often design furniture for each one of his buildings. like his buildings Wright liked his furniture to be organic. By this i mean he felt that the furnishings should be integrated organically with the space it was designed for. Wright believed that "Every chair must be designed for the building it will be in,"
Below is a picture of one of his best known chair designs.

This chair was made for the Wingspread house, designed for Herbert Johnson. This particular chair is made of cherrywood. The seat is leather. As you can see the curvature of the building is replicated in the curves of the chair making them a perfect match. I find this idea of organic design interesting and will keep it in mind when I design my table.

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