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Building and Decorative Designs

Frank Lloyd Wright DesignsFrank Lloyd Wright Designs: The Sketches, Plans, and Drawings [Hardcover]

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (Author), Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation (Contributor) / October 2011

The first major presentation in decades of the visionary drawings of the artist-architect and master designer. Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect of vast and unprecedented vision, whose work is not only still admired by the critics and carefully studied by historians but is also widely beloved. Comfortable spaces, humanly scaled, with extraordinary attention to detail-as seen in a range of architectural forms-are at the center of Wright’s enduring appeal. This vision and attention is nowhere more evident than in the drawings. It has been said that had Wright left us only drawings, and not his buildings as well, he would still be celebrated for his brilliant artistry, and this is borne out here. Even more significant, and shown here as never before, are the magical first moments of invention and inspiration-Wright’s earliest sketches, some never before published-which offer unique insight into the mind of the master architect. Frank Lloyd Wright Designs is the most important and comprehensive book to be published on the drawings, designs, conceptual sketches, elevations, and plans of Wright, with particular emphasis on the development of certain important projects. It includes the best-known and beloved projects-like Fallingwater, The Coonley House, Midway Gardens, the Guggenheim, the Imperial Hotel-as well as a range of intriguing, unfamiliar, and previously unpublished drawings by Wright.


Stained Glass & LightscreensFrank Lloyd Wright's Stained Glass & Lightscreens

Thomas A. Heinz / August 2005

In captivating color photography and well-researched commentary, Tom Heinz captures the essence of Frank Lloyd Wright's genius and his fascination with the interplay of light and shadow in an exquisite representation of Frank Lloyd Wright's lighting treatments.



Coonley Playhouse Pattern BookCoonley Playhouse Pattern Book

Dennis J. Casey / September 2002

The Coonley Playhouse windows are the most recognizable and the most popular of all Wright’s window designs. This new pattern book describes in detail these windows. It contains forty-two pages of drawings, detailing 39 original art glass windows from the Coonley Playhouse. Windows are shown in full color along with a detailed construction drawing of each. Architectural drawings of the building include a plan view and several elevations showing window locations in color. Includes bibliography and materials source.


Frank Lloyd Wright: Graphic ArtistFrank Lloyd Wright: Graphic Artist [Illustrated] [Hardcover]

Penny Fowler / February 2002

Frank Lloyd Wright’s mammoth contribution to architecture is universally acknowledged, but his graphic work has been largely overlooked in the existing literature about this seminal architect. His designs for typography, books, posters, murals, and magazines have remained relatively obscure, even though they are key components of his oeuvre. Penny Fowler has thoroughly investigated the artist's innovative graphic work and placed it within the context of various aesthetic movements, from Arts and Crafts to Bauhaus and De Stijl. Wright’s publications - including The House Beautiful and An Autobiography - his delineations for the Wasmuth Portfolio, and his mural designs for Midway Gardens and the Imperial Hotel are explored, and one chapter is devoted to the festive covers Wright created for Liberty magazine. (Wright's designs were considered far too radical from the current trends, so Liberty turned them down.) Now this important part of the artist’s work has been succinctly reviewed and amply illustrated. The ten chapters - carefully annotated with endnotes - explore Wright’s foray into the world of graphic design, including book design; his influence by international sources; and his visits to Japan and Europe. Exhibitions and publications are included in the last chapter. Frank Lloyd Wright: Graphic Artist suggests that the man's genius simply knew no bounds.

Light ScreensLight Screens : The Complete Leaded-Glass Windows of Frank Lloyd Wright

Julie Sloan / May 2001

Visionary and prolific, Frank Lloyd Wright conceived leaded-glass windows for almost every one of his buildings between 1885 and 1923, his most celebrated years. His output was prodigious: an estimated 4,365 window designs for over 160 structures, more than 100 of which were realized. Here Julie L. Sloan presents the largest gathering of these windows ever published. In this accessibly written, impressively researched volume, Sloan shows how Wright revolutionized a centuries-old art form. With the boldly abstract glass he called "light screens," he distanced himself from Louis Comfort Tiffany and John La Farge and invented a fully modern language of design. Wright's windows were integral to his architectural conceptions, as Sloan demonstrates with a wealth of illustrations--including rarely seen drawings and on-site photographs made especially for this book. In recreating the master's integration of his windows into his structures, the author brings to life such lavish landmarks as the Susan Lawrence Dana house, the Darwin D. Martin complex, and Hollyhock house, while she traces three phases in Wright's evolving language of geometric patterns.

Frank Lloyd Wright GlassFrank Lloyd Wright Glass
Doreen Ehrlich / Hardcover / Published Sept 2000

Traces Wright's innovative use of art glass in windows, lighting, interior decor, furnishings, and his famed Luxifer prisms, and provides a chronological, pictorial survey of the glass in each documented building designed by Wright.

Stained Glass & LightscreensFrank Lloyd Wright's Stained Glass & Lightscreens
Thomas A. Heinz / Hardcover / Published August 2000

Frank Lloyd Wright's FireplacesFrank Lloyd Wright's Fireplaces (Wright at a Glance)
Carla Lind / Hardcover / Published Sept 1995

As Wright's houses changed over the course of his career, one dominant feature remained constant: a fireplace. In all he designed more than one thousand, each meant to anchor the home architecturally and spiritually. This book captures the appeal hearths held for Wright, showing the many variations he achieved.

Prairie Art Glass DrawingsPrairie Art Glass Drawings
Dennis J. Casey / Spiral-bound / Published 1995

Book contains 21 scale line drawings of windows from houses designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. There is a description of the unique came used along with a chart showing the shape and stock numbers of the came used in the various windows. Fourteen houses are represented. Drawings include windows from the Dana House, the Bradley House, the Martin House, the Robie House, the Frank Lloyd Wright Residence and the Lake Geneva Inn. Seven pages of the book are devoted to showing how the sizes of the windows were varied still keeping the basic design the same.

Decorative Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright David A. Hanks, Frank L. Wright, Renwick Gallery / Paperback / Published 1999

Midwest Book Review. This presentation was the first to focus on Wright's decorative art, rather than his usual architectural achievements, and was originally published as a catalog to accompany a major exhibition. Over 200 drawings and photos provide a fine survey of Wright's decorative designs, while chapters discuss his work in various mediums. Recommended for collection which already have books on Wright's architectural works, but who seek a well-rounded portrait of the artist.

Drawings and Plans of Frank Lloyd Wright : The Early Period (1893-1909)
Frank L. Wright / Paperback / Published 1984

Customer review. A republication of the work first published by Wasmuth, Berlin, 1910. Plate headings are translated into English and there is a glossary of the German terms found in the ground plans. There is an essay by Wright, "Studies and Executed Buildings," written in Florence, Italy, 1910. These are the early houses and commercial buildings by Wright which even today remain modern and relevant; with the incorporation of up-to-date bathrooms, they would eclipse most of what is being designed today by leading architects. No color and all line drawings, but you can spend hours studying the plans and admiring the elevation drawings.

Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs for an American LandscapeFrank Lloyd Wright : Designs for an American Landscape 1922-1932

Anne Whiston Spirn (Editor), et al / Hardcover / Published 1996

Five of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural prototypes are examined in this beautiful volume. These works proposed an unprecedented integration of building and landscape, and although never built, were crucial to the development of Wright's later designs. They showed that Wright was not only a great architect but also a master in the art of landscaping. 179 illustrations, 79 in full color.

Frank Lloyd Wright DrawingsFrank Lloyd Wright Drawings : Masterworks from the Frank Lloyd Wright Archives

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, Frank Lloyd Wright / Hardcover / Published 1996

Frank Lloyd Wright; Glass Art
Thomas A. Heinz / Hardcover / Published 1994

Customer review. Thomas Heinz, a practicing architect and skilled photographer, has written several books on the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. In this volume, Heinz provides a thorough examination of Wright's glass art designs. The beauty and power of the designs are faithfully captured in nearly 400 illustrations, most of them in color. The first four chapters cover Wright's architectural glass designs from 1889 to 1936. Chapter Two is entirely devoted to the Dana house, which contains the largest and most extensive collection of art glass designs by Wright. Chapter Five covers Wright's use of light screens later in his career, and Chapter Six gives a brief overview of other decorative features which Wright incorporated into many of his architectural designs. A thoroughly annotated bibliography provides an excellent source for further study. This book is highly recommended for the insight it offers, its visual aesthetic appeal, and as a source of information and inspiration to stained glass artists.

Frank Lloyd Wright's Glass Designs (Wright at a Glance)
Carla Lind / Hardcover / Published 1995

One of the "Wright at a Glance Samplers," Glass Designs explores the many faces of Wright's work with this "magical material" from his world-renowned art glass designs to glass mosaics, prism glass, and innovations such as tubular glass and invisible joints in plate glass windows...

Stained Glass Window Designs of Frank Lloyd Wright
Dennis Casey / Paperback / Published 1997
Reading Level: Ages 9-12

The Wright StyleThe Wright Style
Carla Lind / Hardcover / Published 1992

The first book to highlight Frank Lloyd Wright's extraordinary contributions to interior design, The Wright Style opens the doors to more than 40 houses designed by Wright and his followers and includes an illustrated catalogue of sources for the furniture, rugs, wallpaper, lighting fixtures, textiles, and accessories shown. Over 250 photographs, most in full color.



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