Frank Lloyd Wright's Taliesin and Taliesin West

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Harry N. Abrams, 1997 - Architecture - 159 pages
Taliesin and Taliesin West are world renowned not only as two of the most important landmarks of 20th-century architecture, but also as home to their creator, Frank Lloyd Wright. With limited finances, Wright conceived, built, and furnished two residential compounds that rival the great estates and retreats of royalty and industrial barons. Taliesin, a house, studio, and farm built in 1911 in rural Wisconsin, embodied both Wright's frontier spirit and his cosmopolitan tastes. Taliesin West, constructed just over 25 years later in the Arizona desert, was the culmination of Wright's ideas on the integration of architecture and landscape.

This lavishly illustrated volume provides an introduction to the architecture, interiors, art collection, gardens, decorative arts, furniture, and graphic design of the two studio-residences. Texts offer historical background on Wright and the evolution of the two properties, and each building is illustrated, on the exterior and room by room, in specially commissioned color photographs. Also featured are archival images of Wright; drawings and plans; and a chapter on Oak Park Home and Studio, which preceded Taliesin as Wright's first home. A highlight is the chapter on Wright's Asian art collection, at one time reputed to be among the largest and finest in the United States.

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