Frank Lloyd Wright’s Best Designs Can Now Be Seen In One Piece | Architectural Summary

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It is not very difficult to say that Frank Lloyd Wright is almost synonymous with American architecture. The name carries such cachet that “inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright” has become a nickname for any home with a flat roof, overhang, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

While Wright will be remembered as one of the most influential and important architects of the 20th century, it wasn’t just houses he designed. Throughout his decades-long career, the visionary has also done many projects on a much smaller scale, imagining furniture, crockery and glassware, often displayed inside one of his buildings.

Desk chair designed in 1937 by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) for the SC Johnson Wax Building in Racine, Wisconsin, enameled steel and fabric upholstery. Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver.

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Stenographer’s chair designed in 1956 by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) for Price Tower in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, aluminum with fabric upholstery. Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver.

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Now you can see many of these iconic pieces carefully preserved under the roof. A new temporary exhibition at the Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art in Denver, Colorado, “Frank Lloyd Wright Inside the Walls” aims to view Wright’s works of decorative art as integral to his larger vision.

Cabaret tableware designed 1916-1922, modified circa 1933, by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) for the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, Japan, ceramic. Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver.

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“We look forward to sharing these intriguing examples of Wright’s work in a cohesive exhibition,” Renée Albiston, associate director of the museum, said in a statement. In the exhibit, guests can find artifacts from 11 of Wright’s architectural projects in addition to historic photos of the pieces in their original settings.

Lamp composed of glass art pieces designed from 1903 to 1904 by Frank Lloyd Wright (1867 to 1959), glass with copper zinc rod. Gift of Louis Newman and Justin Ferate; Collection Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art, Denver.

Photo: Wes Magyar
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