Designer Profile: Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright at Taliesin West in 1958.

Frank Lloyd Wright The work of Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) is recognized worldwide as pivotal to the development of modern architecture. Through a deep understanding of our relationship with the natural world, Wright’s ideas and designs were inspired by organic forms. His vision, “to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give rhyme, reason, and meaning to life” is carried on through the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and is represented on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Wright began his career in the 1880s during the heyday of the Arts and Crafts movement. Its embrace of natural materials and fine handwork are reflected in Wright’s highly embellished early work, The House Beautiful. As he launched his independent career, he became the preeminent developer and practitioner of the distinctively American, Prairie Style, highlighting the simple geometric basis of nature. As Wright’s style matured, it demonstrated a broader more sweeping approach, reducing decorative design to abstract beauty characterized by line, shape, light and space through a blend of modern and traditional materials which will eventually go on to shape Mid-Century Modern ideals.

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