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Ted E. sends word that the effort to raise funds to restore and preserve the Greene & Greene-designed Thorsen House in Berkley, CA is now full steam ahead. Check out the website here and do your part to help save this Arts & Crafts masterwork.
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PrairieMod pal, Eric S., sends word that architect Charles R. Stinson has updated his website and continues to go more Bauhaus than Organic. Check out more here.
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Speaking of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, they have a snazzy new design for their website. Spend some time checking it out here.
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I was spending a little time looking through the online images that the Art Institute of Chicago has in their Bruce Goff collection recently and came across some images of the now destroyed Bavinger House in better days. Such a shame to have lost this important work of Organic Architecture. Check out all the Goff images here.
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Paul R. sent a link to Thrive Home Furnishing's line of Mid-century Modern home decor, including a wide assortment of sofas that look like their straight out of a Mad Men episode. See it all here.
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I stumbled upon the super cool work of Paper Landmarks on etsy.com the other day and was bowled-over by these cardboard architectural creations. Hailing from Latvia, Paper Landmarks makes amazingly detailed replicas of famous skyscrapers, bridges, temples and monuments of the present and the past, built from precisely cut cardboard parts. The models come unassembled or you can arrange to have them assembled for you.
I'd love to see some Frank Lloyd Wright buildings get the cardboard treatment--paper Unity Temple or Larkin Building anyone? Check out the full line here.
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If you don't have the time (or patience) to try and put together a vintage set of Russell Wright-designed American Modern dinnerware, then cruise over to the Bauer Pottery website and choose the authentically reproduced pieces and colors you want from the officially licensed line of ceramic ware. Check it out here.
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The 141-year-old French Paper company has been cutting edge for a longtime (they were one of the first to sell stock online and they are 100% hydro powered). Now they've launched a brand-new website that showcases all of their beautiful and original American-made paper stock. Check it out here.
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Bloomberg.com offers a photo tour of some of Frank Lloyd Wright's most important and stunning buildings, helping to underscore his moniker "America's Greatest Architect". See it here.
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John C. sent word on an interesting new documentary-in-progress called Our Pace Setters/For Use & Beauty: The Architecture or Alfred Browning Parker. As stated on the film's website:
"Our Pace Setters is a new film series about architecture - how it inspires and how it endures from generation to generation. From the filmmakers unique perspective growing up in a home by Florida architect Alfred Browning Parker, the three part series looks back with affection as it introduces a larger audience to Parker's aesthetics and innovations, and looks forward with enthusiasm, following the creation from design through construction of the filmmakers new home/office by LA architect Vaughan Trammell. Combining traditional documentary techniques of interviews, archival footage and photographs with collage, pixilation and animation, Our Pace Setters will educate and entertain on the subjects of architecture, building, home and family."
To see video clips and to learn more, follow the link. If that whets your appetite for the work of Alfred Browning Parker and you want to know more, I would highly suggest picking up a copy of the book The Architecture of Alfred Browning Parker: Miami's Maverick Modernist by Randolph C. Henning--it's a winner!
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Lisa D. sent a link to really fantastic website started by the state historic preservation office in Michigan all about the state's modern architecture. The site also has a page dedicated to Mod houses for sale — many of which are great designs at great prices! Check the site out here and the for sale page here.
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Robert C. sent a great link to the website of Giles Phillips, who, according to the site: "developed a Shape Grammar that describes Louis Sullivan’s system of ornamentation. Using the Grammar as a tool, it is possible to calculate (generate) each of Sullivan’s designs, as well as to generate entirely new designs following his system." Find out the details here.
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You learn something new everyday! Thanks to the ever-informative members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's on-line discussion forum, "Wright Chat", I learned that the ultra-modern bank I often drive by in Villa Park, IL is patterned after Mies van der Rohe's original 1946 design proposal for the Cantor Drive-in project that was never built. Read more about it here.
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The architectural collector and scholar, Douglas Steiner, has contributed much to the study of Frank Lloyd Wright's work through his amazing website. One recent addition to the site is a in-depth study of one of Wright lesser-known (and now lost) Oak Park, IL commissions: The remodeling of the Pebbles & Balch Store (1907) that once stood on Lake Street. Read and learn more here.
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Karlitos E. sends a link to a podcast he thought PrairieMod readers would enjoy. "The Approachable Architect" with David Doucette is based in Santa Monica, California and has many great podcasts regarding topics such as "green" living, energy efficiency, conservation, etc. Check it out here.
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The Chandler Museum's extensive collection of photos, writings, and publications dating back to 1912 is being digitized and put up on the web for viewers to enjoy around the world. Read more about it here and check out some the site's Frank Lloyd Wright-related images here.
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In other House Industries news, their photolettering.com website was recently nominated for Design Museum London's "Design
of the Year 2012" award (aka "The "Oscars of the design world"). Check out more info about the award and the museum exhibit that features the winners here.
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House Industries sent word about a new exhibition titled "Fanatical Mechanical: Photo-Lettering and the Paste-Up Era" opens February 6, 2012 at Chapman University¹s Guggenheim Gallery. The show will display mechanical-era graphic artifacts with their modern iterations and deftly demonstrates the relevance of traditional graphic arts techniques in a contemporary context. By adroitly juxtaposing traditional materials and processes with contemporary applications, "Fanatical Mechanical" is less a history lesson and more a lesson of how to learn from history.
The exhibition opens Feb. 6, 2012, 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. with opening Lecture by Rich Roat of House Industries, Feb. 6, 2012, 6:00 p.m. Located at the Chapman University Guggenheim Gallery, Orange, CA, the exhibition runs from Feb. 6, 2012 through March 9, 2012 and is open Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. More details here.
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Whet Moser at Chicago Magazine.com dug-up some wonderful Technicolor footage of the 1934 Chicago Century of Progress World's Fair and posted it for all of us to enjoy. Check it out here and imagine how vibrant and uplifting visiting this Fair must have been for those mired in the depths pf the Great Depression.
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PrairieMod reader Anne S. sent a wonderful link to Guggenheim Foundation's digitized collection of correspondence about the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Guggenheim Museum's construction—including several from Wright himself. Follow the link, click on the "Folder List" heading, and have fun exploring!
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Wright Chat user "DRN" was kind enough to share some fantastic period photos of the Bruce Goff-designed Frank Cole House (1939) originally taken by Fons Iannelli (Alfonso Iannelli's son). These stunningly rich images showcase this Usonian-esque home, which was built in Park Ridge, IL.
PrairieMod readers may remember a post that stirred-up some confusion about whether or not this home still stood when it was advertised for sale in 2010 as a "Bruce Goff-designed" home.
However, the recently posted period photos may reveal that the original house was not actually torn down to make way for a new one—but instead extensively renovated beyond recognition. To shed a little more light on this mystery, I came across some recent exterior and interior photos to see if it can be determined if this home was actually lost or if perhaps enough of its bones remain to one day restore it back to its "Goffian" state.
If anyone know more on the history of this home and if it has been lost or remodeled beyond recognition, please let us know. To see all of the photos follow the link.
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If you missed seeing Charles & Ray Eames: The Architect and the Painter on the PBS series, American Masters, last night, then follow the link to watch it online.
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Larry Z. sends a link to a website chock-full of info about Polish artist Stanislav Szukalski, who immigrated to America and lived in Chicago as a young man. By the 1930s, he had become a member of the Chicago cultural renaissance of the time, creating fascinating and powerful artwork. Learn more about this unique artist here.
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Mark Hertzberg's Wright in Racine website has a review of the recently published book, Saving Wright: The Freeman House and the Preservation of Meaning, Materials, and Modernity by Jeffrey M. Chusid. Read it here.
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I stumbled upon an odd Frank Lloyd Wright-related item last night that PrairieMod readers might find interesting. Apparently, Modern FIrst Editions in Leeds, UK has a copy of the construction drawings for the Carlton D. Wall House (known as the "Snowflake House") in Plymouth, Michigan for sale. Not sure how these drawings ended up across the pond, but check out the description here.
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Nelson Brackin was kind enough to send a link to the Utah State History's online archive of 60 images taken by Utah architect, Taylor Woolley. As stated at the website, "the majority of the images are at Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Taliesin I, c. 1911-1912. Woolley worked under Frank Lloyd Wright for a time, traveling with him to Europe and later helping in the construction of Taliesin I in Spring Green, Wisconsin. Woolley captured some unique images of the construction of Taliesin I, both interior and exterior, as well as images showing the intricate details of the home." Check out the collection here.
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Wayne W. sent an interesting set of links to Google books, which now has three of the most significant years of The Western Architect magazine free for download as PDFs. The Western Architect championed the Prairie School for a number of years and in these online issues you will see amazing drawings and photographs of Purcell & Elmslie, Wright, Sullivan, Drummond, Van Bergen, and more! See issues from 1912, 1913 and 1915 by following the links.
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Former Taliesin Apprentice, Quinn Schipper, wanted PrairieMod readers to know that he has an extensive selection of Frank Lloyd Wright-related books for sale at his website. Check out the offerings here.
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For those of you not familiar with the shopping site Fab, we recommend signing up for their carefully curated sales of well-designed goodies. Currently available are some cool decorative pillows featuring iconic mid-century furniture by Inhabit. And if you or someone you know produces items that fit with the site's style, look into the Fab Deals™ program for designers and get your goods into the hands of other design aficionados.
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