I was recently asked to design a t-shirt for the good people over in Mason City, IA that depicts Frank Lloyd Wright's Stockman House in a stylized graphic approach. I was happy to oblige and the resulting two color shirt turned out really great! Get yours by visiting the Architectural Interpretive Center in Mason City, IA or by contacting them here.
Illustration by Eric O'Malley
Just in time to wear to the Saturday May 16, 2015 Wright Plus annual housewalk, the limited edition Wright Plus t-shirt is now available to order at the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust's online shop. Designed again this year by yours truly, this year's shirt features the iconic Coonley House exterior tile frieze design (which housewalk attendees will be lucky enough to see in person this year!)
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Fair Oak Workshops recently announced its ensemble of unique Arts & Crafts-inspired jewelry by Roycroft Renaissance Master, Craftsman Al Sleeper. The set features the signature Seahorse design of Roycroft and Wizard of Oz illustrator, W.W. Denslow, as a pair of earrings, a matching pendant, and a bracelet. If you're looking for that perfect gift for your Arts & Crafts sweetheart, then check out these and other great gifts at the Fair Oak website.
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Curbed recently featured the micro 3D printed Ittyblox buildings on the web-based collective called Shapeways. Produced at a 1:1000 scale, you can collect and build you're own cities, complete with LED light effects for nighttime enjoyment. Of course, the mini model of the Guggenheim released to celebrate the New York MakerFaire is by far my favorite. More here and here.
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Fast Company features a new info graphic from Pop Chart Lab that showcases "90 eminent edifices erected and perfected throughout history." Arranged by height, the infographic lines up some of the greatest works envisioned and built by man since prehistory, all in faux blueprint form. Check out more here and order your copy here.
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Fair Oak Workshops is offering a absolutely beautiful limited edition 2015 calendar created by Yoshiko Yamamoto of the Arts & Crafts Press. The calendar features the floral images adapted from Yoshiko's linoleum block print designs and is printed on sumptuous 100% cotton cardstock Crane's Lettra, an ideal paper for printing with crisp deep impressions. Only 1,000 copies were printed using a 1951 Heidelberg Letterpress at Yoshiko's studio in Port Orchard Washington. The 5.5" x 5.5" compact desktop calendar design comes furnished with a beautiful oak stand made by Dard Hunter Studios. Don't miss out on ordering yours today--once they are gone, they are gone! Order here.
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Clear off some shelf space! Chisel & Mouse is a new Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation licensee, making plaster models of icon buildings. A British company that loves architecture, Chisel & Mouse creates amazingly complex models out of plaster with detail added with metal etching. Some of the more famous of Mr. Wright's buildings are currently available, including the Guggenheim Museum, Unity Temple, Hollyhock House, and the V.C. Morris Gift Shop. They are currently in the process of extending the collection of Wright models and will have approximately 10 by the NYNOW show in August. Check out the collection here and get your favorite Wright building today!
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Madison Magazine recently featured a new art print depicting the WIsconsin capital city by artist Kim Sly. I like the loosely abstract Mod style used to create the cityscape (and I especially dig that Monona Terrace makes an appearance.) Kim has a bunch of other cities in her print series at her etsy.com shop. See them here.
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Two beautifully constructed white quartersawn oak settees, created as part of the restoration of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Beachy House in Oak Park, are now apparently on consignment at a local consignment shop. Although not original pieces of furniture to the house, they are still amazingly built and impressive. Not sure why the current owners decided to sell them now (especially right before this weekends All Wright Housewalk. Read more here.
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May 17, 2014 is also the day of the All Wright Housewalk in Oak Park/River Forest, IL. It's the 40th anniversary of the event and it also celebrates the 125th anniversary of the Frank Lloyd Wright Home. I was asked to design the limited edition t-shirt for the event this year and it features a stylized illustration of the Home's iconic triangular facade nested with the official event logo. Buy your shirt here and be sure to wear it at the event to show your support--but get it while they last!
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Motawi Tileworks has a beautiful new tile based on a fret sawn wood grille design from Frank Lloyd Wirght's Nathan Moore residence in Oak Park, IL. Check it out here.
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Pat Henek of Heartland House Designs wrote us recently to announce that they have just added the new "Storer House Concrete Block" cross stitch design to their line of officially licensed Frank Lloyd Wright Collection products.
In 1923, Frank Lloyd Wright began designing the John Storer House and three other homes in the Hollywood/Los Angeles area. Wright used a unique method of building construction, weaving decorative blocks of concrete together with reinforced steel rods. It came to be known as the Textile Block System. The Storer House was modernized by Wright's grandson, Eric Lloyd Wright.
Model stitched on 14-count Aida cloth fabric. Stitched area: 5 x 5 inches. Framed size: 10 x 10 inches. This design is a companion to the Ennis House Concrete Block Tile design.
Heartland House Designs' cross stitch kits are available at a variety of Frank Lloyd Wright museum sites, or visit their website to learn more.
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A PrairieMod reader has a few vintage Wright Plus Housewalk posters for sale and wanted to know if any readers would be interest. There are three being sold together as a set: An early one featuring the Cheney House from 1979 and is roughly 17” square. A later one (undated, but I’m thinking maybe from the 1980s) featuring a color photo of the Oak Park Home & Studio Playroom in horizontal format roughly 24” x 18”; The last one is dated 1991 with a color photo of FLlW’s office in vertical format roughly 18” x 24”. If anyone is interested in the set, leave a comment and I will put you in contact with the seller for details.
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If you've recently gotten a new smart phone, you probably experienced a lack of attractive phone cases to go with it. Well, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation's official licensee, YTC Summit, offers a line of cases that show off your love of Mr. Wright's designs while protecting your phone. You can find these and the other officially licensed Frank Lloyd Wright products YTC Summit makes (including chess sets, house numbers, art glass panels, some statuary, and more) at your favorite Wright site gift shop.
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Architect Steve Cofer created the 2014 Modernist Chicago Calendar, a 13-page large 11" x 17" set of beautiful hand drawn pen and ink sketches from his trips to the Windy City. I'm especially taken with the Robie House drawing for April.
Printed on gray heavy stock and glue bound at the top with centered punch for hanging and chipboard backing. $20 each plus $5.00 shipping per order within the continental US.
To get yours, send an e-mail to Steve at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a PayPal Invoice. Please allow 2-3 weeks for shipping.
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The ArchiTech Gallery's newest show, called Alfonso Iannelli and the Studios, opens today and will be up through April 26, 2014. The show features several remarkable pieces for sale from the full spectrum of the Iannelli Studios career. Check out some of the offerings by following the link and be sure to visit the gallery before the show closes.
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The next architectural landmark to be "Lego-ized" will be Paris' iconic Eiffel Tower. It will be available starting January 1, 2014. More info and pre-order yours here.
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The shopping days are dwindling as we get closer to the 25th! My 4th holiday gift pick is anything red from Heath Ceramic's Classic Holiday Collection. We use Heath dishes in the "Little Red House" everyday and we love them—Useful and Beautiful! Anyone's eyes would open wide with delight to "see red" if they got anything from Heath. Check out the entire Classic Holiday Collection here.
My third holiday gift pick is a special DVD the tells the story of how Frank Lloyd Wright's last hotel commission, the Historic Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, IA, was saved and brought back to life by a preservation-minded community. Read about the DVD here and then plan to purchase your copy as the perfect gift at the desk at The Historic Park Inn Hotel, at the Mason City Architectural Interpretive Center, or online at www.wrightonthepark.org.
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Here's the next in my holiday gift picks to help you shop for the architecture-lover on your shopping list: Anyone who loves Frank Lloyd Wright, design, and printing will treasure this limited edition letterpress print of the Isabelle R. Martin House, created by the WNY Book Arts Center. You can order one at the Graycliff online shop while they last. See all the ArchiTypes prints in this series here.
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The holidays are here and you might be in need of the perfect gift for that architecture or design lover on your list. As the weeks wind down this December, I'll be giving a few of my holiday gift picks that may help readers find something perfect. The first pick is any one of the beautiful hand-thrown and decorated pots by Mary Pratt offered by Fair Oak Workshops. Check out all of the options available for purchase here. Keep in mind, though that the cutoff date on orders for guaranteed delivery in time for Christmas is December 6, 2013.
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The holidays are just around the corner and the crush of catalogs have started arriving in the mail. In perusing CB2's recent catalog, I came across their Modern answer to the decorative Christmas village that often accompanies a tree or adorns a mantle. Check it and other seasonal goodies here.
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Here's a link to an infographic created by the team behind The Tiny House Movement, who decided to collect over 70,000 data points associated with the question "how do tiny house people compare to the average American." The results were turned into a snappy infographic poster that you can purchase to grace the walls of your small abode. More here.
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Designer and illustrator, Steve Shanabruch, is adding to his line of Chicago neighborhood logos with WPA-era inspired posters featuring iconic Chicago landmarks. See more here.
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RareEARTH Naturals' unique mineral candles has been announced as the newest addition in the Frank Lloyd Wright Collection of officially licensed products, offering beautiful, handmade, natural mineral candles made in the USA. Six colors from The Frank Lloyd Wright Taliesin color palette were chosen for the candles' coloring to launch the line. Find out more about the unique nature of rareEARTH candles by following the link and look for the Frank Lloyd Wright line of mineral candles at retailers and online soon!
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In 2012, The Clinker Press released their letterpress printed version of Inspiration, an essay by architect Louis H. Sullivan, which had its first reading at the third annual convention of the Western Association of Architects at Chicago, November 17, 1886. Get details and your copy of this beautifully inspiring book here.
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It's once again time for Fair Oak Workshops's popular "Dog Days of Summer" sale, where the ever popular and iconic Arts & Crafts mica lamps are 20% off their regular price. The sale won't last for long, so if you've always wanted to enjoy the buttery warm glow of a mica lamp in your home, then act fast and order yours today. Check out all the sale items here.
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The LEGO® Architecture collection celebrates the past, present and future of architecture through the medium of the LEGO brick and aims to inspire enthusiasts of all ages with replicas of iconic buildings and structures from around the world. The collection expands with the new LEGO Architecture Studio toolkit comprised of over 1,200 monochromatic white and translucent pieces, base plates, as well as sorting trays and a 250+ page guidebook. More after the jump...
Fair Oak Workshops is offering two limited edition Yoshiko Yamamoto block prints used to illustrate author Audrey Sutherland's Paddling North, about a solo, summer long voyage along the southeast coast of Alaska in an inflatable kayak. These are absolutely lovely, so be sure to get your print before they are gone! More here.
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Paul R. sends a link to The Walden Font Co., purveyors of "resurrected" fonts from historic sources. I'm especially enamored of the World War II poster fonts. Check them all out here.
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It's finally here! The long-awaited book on the life and work of Alfonso Iannelli by author David Jameson, Alfonso Iannelli: Modern by Design, has arrived and shipping from the publisher, Top Five Books.
Order your copy by following the link and get ready to discover one of Modernism's best kept secrets.
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William Stout Architectural Books is highlighting original issues of the important Dutch design and architecture magazine, Wendingen, for sale. Their recent newsletter highlights selections that cover architecture and architects (like Frank Lloyd Wright). See more here and check out the full list of issues available for sale here.
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