Frank Lloyd Wright

American, 1867 - 1959
One of the most notorious and revered architects in American history, Wright changed the face of modern living forever (we have him to thank for inspirations such as open floor plans, carports, and air conditioning).Considered by many to be one of the greatest architects of all time, Frank Lloyd Wright designed more than 1,000 homes (and saw over 532 of them to completion) over the course of his 70-year career. A leader of the Prarie School movement, Wright promoted a philosophy of harmony between man and nature in his designs that came to be known as "organic architecture." While many of his homes catered to only the most extravagant of clientele, Wright also counterbalanced this through the development of the Usonian home - a small, single story dwelling he designed with the intention of reshaping both the architecture of buildings and the planning cities with the middle class in mind. 
To this day, Wright's legacy continues to live on through both museum exhibitions across the country — the Milwaukee Art Museum and MoMA both celebrated the 150th anniversary of his birth this year with retrospectives — and the abundance of his structures that remain intact and open to the public. 
 An interior designer, writer, and educator as well, Wright often designed the interiors of his buildings from top to bottom, working in everything from stained glass to ceramics and woodworks. 
Wright was also a shrewd businessman, and, in the 1950s, he reached an agreement with Henredon to produce a series of furniture named for Taliesin, the architect’s 800-acre compound near Spring Green, Wis. From the moment it was announced, the Heritage-Henredon collection was hailed as a gift to the American consumer, with a reporter for the Detroit Free Press writing, “The most talked-about furniture in decades is the furniture designed for ordinary, everyday people—by Frank Lloyd Wright. The venerable gentleman… has been proclaimed by many as the greatest architect of the past 500 years and compared to the versatile genius Leonardo da Vinci.”
Like other pieces in the Heritage-Henredon collection, the Hexagonal Coffee Table Set (1955), offered by Machine Age (Boston), is characterized by geometric shapes, with two triangular tools that fit snugly under a hexagonal top mounted on a tripod base. The much-ballyhooed collection was not a commercial success at first, but it is now prized by Frank Lloyd Wright furniture and design enthusiasts.
 
 
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