PAUL REIDT VISITS WRIGHT


Recently KR+H's Paul Reidt was in New York City for client meetings and quite purposely blocked off an afternoon to see "Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" at The Museum of Modern Art.

MoMA's major exhibition celebrates the architect's 150th birthday (born June 8, 1867) and includes some 450 works by Frank Lloyd Wright, covering designs from the 1890s to the 1950s.

Paul feasted his eyes on FLW's architectural drawings, models of homes and city towers, building fragments, furniture, textiles, and much more. He snuck in a few iPhone snaps and was excited to share his enthusiasm for the prolific, controversial, and visionary Frank Lloyd Wright.

The architect must be a prophet...a prophet in the true sense of the term...if he can’t see at least ten years ahead don’t call him an architect.
— Frank Lloyd Wright

Close-up of architectural drawing of the Guggenheim. Paul was surprised at its pinkness!

What about the concrete block? ...the cheapest (and ugliest) thing in the building world....Why not see what could be done with the gutter rat? ...It might be permanent, noble, beautiful.
— Frank Lloyd Wright in "Frank Lloyd Wright: In the Realm of Ideas," by Bruce B. Pfeiffer and Gerald Nordland

Paul's photo of a textile concrete block is inset here in an image of the Ennis house. The patterned block forms the exterior and interior. The residence was designed by FLW for Charles and Mable Ennis in 1923, and it was built in 1924 in the Los Feliz neighborhood of Los Angeles.

Close-up of the model for the Price Tower. There's a fascinating (4 minute) video about the restoring of another model, "Conserving St. Mark's Tower Model," on MoMA's web page for the exhibit. To watch the video, click here.

Glass design by Frank Lloyd Wright (one of thousands!). FLW referred to his glass designs as "light screens." Beautiful geometry of light!

FLW was a curious and fearless genius. He would design anything and everything.
— Paul Reidt

Here's Paul's photo of a graphic illustration of an FLW rug design with bold graphic shapes. The inset shows the finished run in the living room of David (his son) and Gladys Wright.

REFLECTIONS ON A KR+H PROJECT

Awhile back we posted a story, "A Home of Light, Design, Art, and Craftsmanship," showing KR+H's work in a home designed by architect Brian Hemingway and Flavin Architects. Paul and I looked back on this residence thinking it's design has a quality of nature, light, and pattern that seems inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright. Photos of the project are by Paul Warchol.

This home marries harmoniously with its beautiful natural setting. 

KR+H's craftsmanship is seen throughout the home's interiors. Architecture by Brian Hemingway and Flavin Architects. Photos by Paul Warchol.

"Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive" is at MoMA through October 1. It comes highly recommended by Paul!