Today is Frank Lloyd Wright’s 150th birthday, and to commemorate this special anniversary, we are featuring something a little unusual for us.
Our focus is on Georgian and Regency Irish and English furniture, but every now and then, we come across something so special that we can’t resist it. Such is the case with this set of three benches and a table designed by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Of course, Wright was influenced by English design traditions, culminating in the work of William Morris, and he shared the same enthusiasm for Asian decorative arts as did the makers of the several Chinoiserie and Japonaiserie pieces in our gallery.
This trio of hinged bench seats and one table were designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and completed in 1951 for the Unitarian Meeting House, which Wright designed, in Madison, Wisconsin. The components of each of the pieces were created at Wright’s Taliesin studio and assembled at the Meeting House by apprentices under Wright’s direction. Wright was a member of this congregation and personally helped raise funds to complete the project.
These pieces were used for over thirty years at the Meeting House. The building itself is a US National Historic Landmark.
Please see below for photos of the pieces in their original installations, and authenticating documentation from the Frank Lloyd Wright Memorial Foundation.
As always, don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions, or if we can help with anything.