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"The enclosed space within...is the reality of the building."
Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House, 1954


In a phenomenal career lasting from 1887-1959 - seventy-two years - Frank Lloyd Wright completed some five hundred buildings as well as an equal number of unbuilt projects. His legacy includes world-famous designs from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim Museum plus hundreds of houses that grace the often-modest streets on which they stand. ...
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"The enclosed space within...is the reality of the building."
Frank Lloyd Wright, The Natural House, 1954


In a phenomenal career lasting from 1887-1959 - seventy-two years - Frank Lloyd Wright completed some five hundred buildings as well as an equal number of unbuilt projects. His legacy includes world-famous designs from Fallingwater to the Guggenheim Museum plus hundreds of houses that grace the often-modest streets on which they stand. Presenting the best-loved interiors from all of Wright's prodigious architectural achievements, "50 Favorite Rooms by Frank Lloyd Wright" focuses on what he viewed as the most important: their rooms inside.

These spectacular rooms show Wright's trademarks, the techniques he devised to revolutionize architecture. Here, in more than fifty dramatic color photographs, are buildings that grow naturally from their sites, that rely on natural materials used as nature intended, that feature open plans to increase their sense of spaciousness. Wright simplified room arrangements with built-in furniture and created furnishings totally in harmony with the architecture. He made the hearth the center of family life, integrated all ornament, and tied everything together with a powerful mastery of geometric forms. His instantly recognizable art glass windows and doors brought nature right inside the building.

Looking at how the powerful rooms of this renowned architect express his innovative ideas, "50 Favorite Rooms by Frank Lloyd Wright" moves from living rooms to dining rooms and kitchens, then to out-of-the-way domestic areas, and finally to the grand public spaces that crowned his long career. From classic Prairie-style residences, such as the Robie and Dana-Thomas Houses, to streamlined Usonians, to his own studios and three homes, the book traces the changes in Wright's work as lifestyles changed around him. These fifty rooms clearly document how much this master builder has affected the way our buildings look today.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765108395
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/2/1998
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 10.50 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter One - Living Rooms
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Dana Thomas House
Robie House
May Hose
Taliesin
Little House
Hollyhock House
La Miniatura
Storer House
Fallingwater
Hanna House
Taliesin West
Wingspread
Cedar Rock
Palmer House
R. L. Wright House
Rayward House
Chapter Two - Dining Rooms
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio
Willits House
Dana-Thomas House
Robie House
May House
Boynton House
Boynton House: Kitchen
Hollyhock House
Fallingwater: Kitchen
Smith House
Usonian Pavilion
Usonian Pavilion: Kitchen
Chapter Three - Nooks and Crannies
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: playroom
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: drafting room
Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio: library
Martin House
May House
Storer House
Ennis House
Taliesin West
Chapter Four - Public Spaces
Larkin Building
Unity Temple
Coonley Playhouse
Midway Gardens
Johnson Wax Building
Pfeiffer Chapel
Unitarian Meeting House
Morris Gift Shop
Hillside Theatre
Beth Sholom Synagogue
Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church
Guggenheim Museum
Marin County Civic Center
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    Seeing the Sublime from Behind Closed Doors

    Most of the 5,000 plus wonderful rooms designed by Frank Lloyd Wright are not open to the public. This book gives you a chance to go where you often cannot go in any other way to see 50 of the best. Unlike most architects, Mr. Wright designed in such a way that 'the rooms inside would dictate the architecture outside.' Even inside, he designed all elements of the room, including floor and wall coverings, art glass in many cases, lighting fixtures, furniture, and where everything should be located. He also specified that those who used the rooms should be limited to bringing in only certain types of objects, and for certain locations. For example, ornamental china was allowed on one ledge of the dining room in Robie House. I have had the chance to visit many Wright homes and buildings, yet this book greatly expanded my understanding of his work. Mr. Wright was primarily a home architect, and 'the living room was the heart of the home' for him. He would use built-in benches to encourage reading, fireplaces for conversation, windows with designs to inspire contemplation, tables for informal dining and card playing, and views of nature for living more organically. Clearly, it would be hard to outdo a Wright living room, and most of the best examples of his work in this book are living rooms. I thought the best ones were in the home and studio in Oak Park, Dana-Thomas House, Robie House, May House, Little House, Fallingwater, Taliesin West, Wingspread, Cedar Rock, R.L. Wright House, and Rayward House. I liked his dining rooms best in the home and studio in Oak Park, Dana-Thomas House, Robie House, May House, and Boynton House. For nooks and crannies, I liked the Oak Park studio library, and the Storer House Terrace. Of the public spaces, my favorites were the Unity Temple Sanctuary, Coonley Playhouse, the Guggenheim Museum atrium, and the Marin County Center skylit atrium under the barrel vault. If you ever have a chance to see any of these, be sure you take advantage of it! Robie House is now being rebuilt in Hyde Park, Illinois, but is open for tours. Final restoration is expected to be done in 2007. The Oak Park home and studio are open every day. Taliesin West is open most days. Fallingwater has an extensive schedule of being open. Unity Temple, the Guggenheim, and Marin County Center are usually open. After you examine these wonderful living spaces, think about how your life would be improved in such more natural surroundings. How can you make where you live closer to his ideal? Look for the most natural way to be with others! Donald Mitchell, co-author of The Irresistible Growth Enterprise and The 2,000 Percent Solution

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