Designer: Frank Lloyd Wright, 1867 - 1959
From: Richland Center, Wisconsin
It could easily be said that Frank Lloyd Wright is America's most famous architect. Admired by both casual design enthusiasts and those in the architecture profession, Wright has made a lasting impression in American design, including art, furniture, architecture and community planning.Facts:
• Trained under famed architect Louis Sullivan at Adler & Sullivan
• During his seventy-year career, Wright created over 1,100 designs, nearly half of which were realized.
• Wright was an active dealer in Japanese art, primarily ukiyo-e woodblock prints. He was also a collector of Japanese prints and used them as teaching aids with his apprentices.
• Recognized in 1991 by the American Institute of Architects as "the greatest American architect of all time."
Quote: What is architecture anyway? Is it the vast collection of the various buildings which have been built to please the varying tastes of the various lords of mankind? I think not. No, I know that architecture is life; or at least it is life itself taking form and therefore it is the truest record of life as it was lived in the world yesterday, as it is lived today or ever will be lived… So, architecture I know to be a Great Spirit.
Attended: University of Wisconsin-Madison (did not graduate)
Known for: The Prarie School movement, organic architecture and his series of smaller Usonian homes.
Representative Pieces Shown Above: (left to right)
1. Fallingwater, Pennsylvania 1935
2. Taliesin Barrel Chair (reproduction shown)
3. Johnson Wax Building, Wisconsin 1936
4. Robie House Stained Glass (adapted from one of Wright's 29 Robie House art glass windows and doors)
5. Robie House, Illinois 1910
6. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 1959
7. Frank Lloyd Wright For Tiffany Coffee Mugs
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