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In Reply to: RE: That's exactly what I was thinking, but I didn't want to say it first. posted by alaskahiatt on May 04, 2017 at 18:37:06
Frank Lloyd Wright built a lot of, Ok I'm going to say it, "crap" perment fixed furniture designs like that. If you ever go to his Taliesan West house in Scottsdale, don't make a special trip, that is exactly how the living room is built. Long built in bench seats against the wall with some funky shelving units.
The killer of all this is on the tours photography is STRICTLY forbidden. Like someone is really going to build that stuff today. The FLW people are friggin insane and about 60 years out of touch. As a furniture builder you can't even buy or get plans for their chairs or other pieces - luckily.
FLW was an great artist but a poor architect. The overall plans "look great" but I don't think they were designed to actually be live in.
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I think airtime paints with too broad a brush, but it seems widely acknowledged that FLW furniture tends to be impractical and uncomfortable. OTOH, much of his architecture is beautiful and functional.
I think his architecture is beautiful. It's like living inside a piece of art work. And about as functional as living inside a piece of art work. Having a degree in architectural drafting/engineering we studied several of his designs.
If you tried pulling that on a real client, even if they WANTED art, you would have been out of a job.
He drew out the concept and left the devil in the details to the poor engineers that obeyed as commanded - poor bastards!
As my drafting teacher said to me, "hey kid do you have an uncle in this business?" And recommended I start thinking of another career.
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