The MassModern Gallery, outside of Boston, specializes in the study, exhibition and sales of 20th Century Design and Modern Studio Craft. They carry examples of mass-produced decor from such notable architects as Eliel Saarinen, Mies van der Rohe and of course, Frank Lloyd Wright...
They have developed extensive research resources about several lines of manufactured furniture and accessories and an important part of their stated MassModern mission is to share this information with others.
One of the subjects they are experts on is the Taliesin Collection by Heritage Henredon designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in 1955. As stated on Mass Modern's website:
At age 86, Frank Lloyd Wright teamed with the Heritage Henredon furniture organization to create his first collection intended for the mass market. The group was called "Taliesin," or the "Taliesin Ensemble," referencing the additional manufacturers that joined on to produce related home fashion products. The Taliesin furniture group consisted of 60+ pieces.
In many ways, Taliesin was ahead of its time. In November 1955, when this group was first introduced, both the decorating world and the homeowner herself had trouble finding an application for the group that "fit." At that time, Taliesin didn't seem to work with traditional stylings, nor did it fit in with the "new modern," often made out of space age materials of plastic and metal.
It's for exactly this reason that the Taliesin items from Heritage Henredon are so useful today. Taliesin seems to bridge the styles, pulling together so many things that are considered "modern."
Heritage Henredon Wright pieces are gaining in popularity and can often be found at various auction houses and galleries dealing in Modernism. Check out this link to read more about this line of furniture at MassModern's website. Enjoy!
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