Frank Lloyd Wright (American)
Purchase, Emily Crane Chadbourne Bequest, 1972 (1972.60.1)
Edward MacDowell: Four Little Poems, Op. 32 performed by Phillip Sear
- The Frank Lloyd Wright living room was built overlooking Lake Minnetonka, outside of Minneapolis.
- From the window you would see a distant view of the lake and lots of sky.
- The room is so permeable that you are almost outdoors, while you feel protected and safe,
- you almost are in a large tent in the woods. This was sort of my first step into Modernism,
- which after this I began to appreciate more and more.
- Wright had gone to Europe; his designs became simpler.
- The chairs and the tables
- have no moldings, they tend to be a lighter wood. It’s using very much just the vocabulary of line, rather than the vocabulary of naturalistic forms.
- This is the only room, I would believe in the period rooms, that actually had electricity.
- There’s this technological change that’s happening.
- Mrs. Little was trained as a pianist in Cologne,
- was apparently quite good, and wanted to use this room for dual purposes:
- both to have the family live there and use it and enjoy it, but her piano was
- firmly planned as part of the room.
- She always meant to be able to give small concerts.
- Although it’s probably about fourteen feet high,
- it comes off as low, horizontal room.
- You’re both in a space that feels comfortable,
- but at the same time
- feels very grand. Wright is working with piercing every wall and trying to get light from all directions.
- A lot of people do think that the skylight is the sky. It isn’t a skylight, it’s a light fixture.
- He intentionally made the living room, a free-standing pavilion.
- The most important room in the house, is gonna be its own structure. It’s a country house, you’re there to relax, and the space
- somehow transmits that. It is a room that engenders great relaxation, great calmness, great peace.
- I don’t think there’s any other room that I know that makes me feel quite like this. This is a work of art meant to be lived in.