Today also happens to be the birthday of Organic Architect Bruce Goff. In honor of his birthday, architect and president of Friends of Kebyar, Nelson Brackin, was kind enough to share some images related to Goff and one of his masterpieces (now lost), the Joe Price House (aka Shin'enKan). See them all after the jump...
In about a month, the long-awaited book on the life and work of Alfonso Iannelli will be back from the printer. Make sure you are one of the first to get your copy by pre-ordering at the publisher's website here. In the meantime, get your Iannelli fix by visiting the show, Modernism's Messengers: The Art of Alfonso and Margaret Iannelli at the Chicago Cultural Center.
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Architect and author Gerald Lee Morosco, AIA thought PrairieMod readers might enjoy reading about and seeing images of a project he designed that is featured in the June issue of Pittsburgh Magazine. His clients have an awesome collection of A&C furniture & decorative accessories, including an especially fine collection of Heintz Metal which, together with the history of the building as the bottling plant for a brewery, inspired the fittings by Sonoma Forge. Enjoy reading the article here or here.
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Heads up! Don't miss "A Night with Wright and Ware" on Thursday, May 23, 6 to 8 p.m. It's the opportunity to view Frank Lloyd Wright's stunning Arthur Heurtley House, which is featured in Chris Ware's graphic poster that he designed for the Historical Society. Tour the home, enjoy wine and hors d'oeuvres, and meet Oak Parker Chris Ware. Click here to order tickets.
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I thought PrairieMod readers would enjoy seeing a book plate designed for the library of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Rayward-Shepherd House (aka "Tirranna") that was in a book I recently picked up. I believe it depicts the entry gate from the house in graphic style. Anyone else have a Wright-related book plate to share?
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Heads-up architecture lovers in and around Bartlesville, OK: This Friday, the Price Tower Arts Center will be hosting the Opening Celebration to Frank Lloyd Wright's Samara: A Mid Century Dream Home. Members preview reception will be from 5 - 6pm with a gallery talk with Samara staff and the free public opening reception will be from 6 - 7pm. More info here.
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Sherri S. sends word that on Saturday, May 11, 2013, from 9:30 am - 1 pm there will be a chance to join members of the American Arts Society (a support group of the Milwaukee Art Museum) as they discuss the restoration of the Museum's George Mann Niedecken Fireplace Surround for the Harnischfeger Residence (ca. 1905). Specialist conservator Olaf Unsoeld (Fine Wood Conservation, Ltd., Brooklyn, NY) will be in Milwaukee and will share his assessment and treatment plan for the piece. The day will begin with coffee and pastries, and end with a boxed lunch. $45/person ($40 for American Arts Society Members) Register by May 3. Limited to 30 people. Contact Mel Buchanan 414-224-3281 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Details here.
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Mark your calendars: The Michigan Modern Symposium will take place June 13-16, 2013 and features an amazing line-up of tours, lectures, and other events that Mod-lovers will want to experience. Check out the booklet of events here for all the details. Take note—conference registration is limited to 500 participants, so register early or be sorry!
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Adam F. sends a link to American-made jewelry by ChemArt based on Frank Lloyd Wright designs. See the line here.
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I received word that the official 2013 Wright Plus limited edition T-shirts have arrived at the Frank Lloyd Wright Preservation Trust. Why so exciting? Well, they just happen to feature a stylized illustration of the Harry Adams House (which is on this year's tour) by your PrairieMod editor. Be sure to get yours while they last and do your part to help support the preservation efforts of the FLWPT. Get your limited edition T-shirt here.
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Andrew S. was kind enough to share some really great WPA-era covers for various Chicago Park District booklets he's been collecting recently. Check out all the covers after the jump...
I recently received an update on the new projects executed by expert craftsman and designer, Randall Kramer. One project in particular caught my eye: a hand-forged mild steel grill to architect Eric Mullendore's specifications, to separate the home's foyer from the living room, allowing a clear view of Lake Michigan as you enter the space. See more of Randall's work at his website.
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On the near northwest side of Chicago, there is an apartment building which has a unique feature in its brickwork that Larry Zgoda speculates may be a connection to the German Expressionist architecture of the early 20th Century. The multi-unit apartment building is on the 1800 block of West Patterson and has several elements of romantic architecture including barley twist downspouts, ornamental iron, and carved stone shields. On one corner of the entry there a treatment in the brickwork that is reminiscent of the vertically dramatic compositions of German Expressionist architecture, especially the Chilehaus-Spitze, in Hamburg. Since this is in a neighborhood that has always been predominantly German, the possible connection is intriguing.
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Sometimes nothing but an original will do. Case in point: When Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner wanted a very specific mid-century feel for the latest season's campaign, he went straight to the source: British illustrator Brian Sanders, 75, whose prolific career spans 50+ years. Read more about Sander's "Mad Men' project in this New York Times interview.
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If the time change and losing an hour of sleep has you surly, then maybe investing in a sweet George Nelson-designed clock from Vitra will make the transition a little easier to bear. See more here.
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Forget to get your sweetie something for Valentine's Day? Then order them these Red House Industries Love Heart Blocks and you'll be sure to make them swoon. Get yours here.
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If you have not been to visit the ArchiTech Gallery in Chicago's gallery district, then what are you waiting for? The current exhibit is titled "Design 1890-1995" and features some rare and wonderful examples of design-related drawings, blueprints, sketches, and much more from luminaries like Frank Lloyd Wright, Keck & Keck, Bertrand Goldberg, and many more. Do yourself a favor and make plans to visit soon. More details here.
Image via ArchiTech Gallery website