Frank Lloyd Wright is the greatest figure in 20th-century architecture. There, we said it; and we don’t hear anyone disagreeing with us.
A revered and renowned architect, a pioneer of modernism and the creator of the principle of organic architecture – maintaining that a building should develop out of its natural surroundings – Frank Lloyd Wright displayed the boldest of originality and rebelled against the ornate styles of his predecessors. He was a firm believer in meticulously selecting building materials to maximize a structure’s functionality. His exteriors emphasized the beauty of natural colors and textures and his interiors emphasized the freedom of spaciousness. Though his genius is clear in hindsight, Frank Lloyd Wright wasn’t celebrated by all back in his day; more conventional architects often slammed his unorthodox methods and at one point, the relentless antagonism sent him into exile in Europe. However, upon his return he created some of his most notable works: the Imperial Hotel in Tokyo, an engineering feat; the Guggenheim Museum in New York City, a curvilinear masterpiece; and the Fallingwater residence at Bear Run, Pennsylvania, a clear favorite of even the most jaded architecture buffs. If that wasn’t enough, Frank Lloyd Wright also created heirloom quality furniture pieces worthy of the finest modern homes.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s works have profoundly influenced the development of modern architecture in the Western world. He was a peerless visionary in his field and we at Styleture are delighted to honor his vision.