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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Nelson Brackin of the Friends of Kebyar sends word that the Raduno Biennale AdaO 2011 Organic Architecture Biennial Gathering will take place on the 1st of July in Florence, Italy. The AdaO group was formed by Carlo and Carmine Sarno, who are brothers and architects from Naples. For more info, follow the link.
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Father's Day is just around the corner, and if you need some great gift ideas, cruise over to the Fair Oak Workshops website. Since 1995, Fair Oak has provide a wide array of gifts perfect for anyone who wants to outfit their bungalow or find that special something for that "Prairie" person. Some items Dad might like? How about WPA National Park posters, Louis Sullivan print or Nakoma/Nakomis sculptures. Check out all the Fair Oak items here.
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Fab.com is a new website that offers daily design inspirations and sales 70% off retail. Membership is free but by invitation only. Members receive exclusive access to daily curated design sales featuring the world's leading designers and manufacturers. Find out the details and how to start saving here.
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Paul R. sent a link to an very interesting product called the Perfect Picture Wall, a fool-proof all-in-one system that allows you to create a grid of framed wall photos...perfectly! Get the details here.
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May 1, 1851 saw the opening day of one of the first world's fair, The Great Exhibition, which took place in the Crystal Palace building at Hyde Park. In honor of the 160th anniversary, Google created a very special interactive "doodle" of their homepage logo that incorporates Exhibition motifs and even animations. Check out an article about the "doodle" here.
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Today is Earth Day, a time to reflect on our home planet and how to be better stewards of it. In an effort not to be gloom and doom about environmentalism, here's a link to a recent NOVA special called "Power Surge" which discusses the ways our own creativity and technology could help save us from ourselves. See it here.
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Mod artist, Eleanor Grosch, recently created some very sweet one-of-a-kind painted canvases, stretched on wood panels. They feature her colorful abstracted animal designs and I'm especially taken with the sea horses panel. Check out the panels at her etsy.com store and add one to your pad!
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PrairieMod reader Paul R. sent a link for Modern house plans that don't look like a glorified shoebox. See them here.
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Frank Lloyd Wright's idea of a Mile High skyscraper is being brought to reality in Saudi Arabia, according to this Curbed.com story. Dubbed, "The Kingdom Tower" it will be double the height of the current tallest building, "The Burj Khalifa" in Dubai. I personally prefer Wright's iteration, but that's me. Read more here.
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Craig S. sent along word that Organic Architect, Maurice Jennings, has a new website up featuring beautiful images of his equally beautiful work. Check it out here.
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PrairieMod reader, Matt K., sent us a link to a Sotheby's auction on March 10, 2011 which has quite a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright-related items (along with several other pieces by well-known architects and designers). It's another reminder of how unfortunate it is that these pieces no longer reside in their appropriate spaces. See all of the auction pieces here.
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Here's a link to an article about Joshua Huskins, a 27-year old woodworker that hails from Augusta, Ga., but came to Illinois' Fox Valley for a six-month job installing reclaimed pine wood flooring in a St. Charles mansion. He relocated three years ago and runs Amberwood Reclaimed Lumbers, a company that specializes in custom woodworking for homes by using reclaimed lumber from old barns, buildings and homes. Check out the article here and Joshua's website here.
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PrairieMod reader, Karlitos, sent us a link to the website of Kamal Amin, Frank Lloyd Wright apprentice and multi-talented architect. Take some time to check out his website, which includes many images of Mr. Amin's impressive Organic Architectural designs. See it here.
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Eleanor is a designer and illustrator well-known for her modernist illustrations of animals and her clean, bold, graphic aesthetic. Cruise over to her website to see a huge selection of digital wallpapers you can download for your various electronic devices that feautre her fantastic illustrations. See them here.
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"If our nomination is ultimately successful, the Wright buildings would be the first modern cultural site in the US included in the World Heritage List. There are other World Heritage modern architectural sites consisting of multiple buildings designed by the same architect. Seven buildings by Antonio Gaudi are listed; the Gaudi work is all in the Barcelona (Spain) area whereas the Wright buildings are dispersed geographically across one country. Also on UNESCO’s World Heritage List are the Victor Horta townhouses in Brussels (Belgium) and the Brasilia (Brazil) buildings designed by Oscar Niemeyer. There may be other multi-building same-architect World Heritage listings among the almost 900 cultural and natural heritage sites around the world, but not many and certainly it would be a first for the US."
Thanks for the clarification, Janet. Find out more info on the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy's efforts at their website.
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This San Raphael Patch article highlights the efforts by the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy and other Frank Lloyd Wright institutions to get a list of the iconic architect's most notable works placed on the United Nations Economic, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage List. Read more about it here. Learn more about this effort by attending the upcoming Los Angeles event the FLWBC is hosting. Get details here.
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Triangle Modernist Houses, the North Carolina-based non-profit that focuses on documenting, preserving,
and promoting residential modernist architecture in the area is organizing its sixth tour, this time revisiting a popular destination: Fallingwater, Kentuck Knob and more Modern work in Western Pennsylvania. Find out the details and sign-up here.
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Three more great items have just been added to the PrairieMod VIntage Picks etsy.com store. Items include a sweet metal coin bank resembling George Grant Elmslie's 1924 Old Second National Bank in Aurora, Illinois, an Art Deco-style metal water pitcher and a "skyscraper" set of salt and pepper shakers. See them here.
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In 2010, GOOD DESIGN celebrated its 60-year anniversary as the world's oldest and most prestigious awards program for product and graphic design. Founded in Chicago in 1950 by architects Eero Saarinen, Charles and Ray Eames, and Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., GOOD DESIGN grants international recognition upon the world's most prominent designers and manufacturers of innovative products. Learn more about the GOOD DESIGN awards and who won this year by following the link.
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If you can't wait until February 12, 2011 to see the new exhibit, Frank Lloyd Wright: Organic Architecture for the 21st Century, then check out the new website the Miwaukee Art Museum put together to showcase the event. Explore it here.
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Many Organic Architectural afficiandos hear "Australia" and think "Walter Burley Griffin." But there's another influential Modern architect to consider as well: Robin Boyd. To get you up to speed on Boyd, here's a link to a recent article about his work and influence, a link to the Robin Boyd Foundation and another to a fantastic set of photos in the gallery of Flickr user "canberra house."
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PrairieMod reader Mark H. sent a link to an article in the New York Times about the unveiling of the design for the Broad Art Foundation, a new museum that is being proposed for downtown Los Angeles. The "honeycomb-like" design by Diller Scofidio & Renfro apparently leaves a less-than-sweet taste in the mouth of architecture critic Nicolai Ouroussoff. Read more here.
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Finding treasures at antique stores and shows has been a fun pursuit for me over the last few years, and it's yielded some unique treasures. Why not share the finds? With that in mind, there's now a "PrairieMod Vintage Picks" etsy.com store where I'll be posting cool Mod finds for sale. Check out the first batch of listings here and enjoy!
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A recent trip to Brookfield Zoo helped remind me of all the progressive 1930s WPA artwork associated with the zoological park. Their Discovery Center building lobby features several unique items and informational boards describing the art and artists' work of the era. Here's a link to a great poster for the zoo by Paul Kreger that is now part of the WPA Art Collection at the Illinois State Museum. See it here. Does anyone else have any cool 1930s items from the Brookfield Zoo featuring progressive artwork? Send us a scan and we'll be sure to share.
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PrairieMod reader Jessamyn M. sent us a link to some amusing cardboard architecture for cat lovers. If your feline is feeling a little rustic, they can enjoy hanging out in their own teepee or frontier cabin. Check it out here.
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If you're looking for a custom-build home environment that is not treated "as mere luxury, but as a fundamental emotional connection, a place to celebrate, relax, and refuel," then check out the work of New Hampshire-based architectural firm Noldesign LLC. For info about their work and mission, follow the link.
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Debbie B. sent us word that a matching pair of extremely rare skylight art glass windows from Adler & Sullivan's Chicago Stock Exchange Building (now lost) are being sold at Urban Remains, a Chicago-based architectural salvage company. These probably cost a king's ransom, but all I can think about is how sad they couldn't stay where they belong. If you want to experience what they once looked like in place, visit the Trading Room floor installation at the Chicago Art Institute—it's amazing and heartbreaking all at the same time.
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PrairieMod reader Paul R. sent a link to the website for Scandinavian Designs/Dania, a company with plenty of Modern-minded furniture that would add some comfort and style to any home. Check out the site here.
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