Frank Lloyd Wright’s Taliesin West

Today it is 9.9 degrees F with a windchill of -4. Last weekend I enjoyed plenty of sun and temps in the low 70’s as I had the opportunity to visit Phoenix.

While there I visited Taliesin West, the winter home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture.

Although photography is limited to certain exterior areas, I got plenty of inspiration for new woodworking projects. This is a slideshow of photos I took during the tour.


How Frank Lloyd Wright’s Usonian Houses inspired a Modern Corner Lamp

A clerestory is a wall with a band of narrow windows along the very top.

Frank Lloyd Wright used the clerestory windows to great advantage in his Usonian period houses with a continuous band of windows at the top of a wall immediately below the ceiling line, giving the ceiling the illusion of floating above the wall.

In this video see how the Wright’s clerestory windows served a inspiration for the Clerestory Corner Lamp.

Where to find Frank Lloyd Wright Plans

Frank Lloyd Wright Plans are difficult to find. I’ve added a new page I call “The Definitive Guide to Frank Lloyd Wright Plans on the Web“.

There I have assembled links to all the Wright-related woodworking plans I am aware of along with my experiences in building some of them. Where I have experience with multiple plans for the same design, I’ve offered my opinion on the plan I would choose.

If you know of any other plans I have not listed, please let me know and I’ll add them to the page.

Prairie Style Picture Frame Plans

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Prairie Style Picture Frame Plans

The Prairie Style Picture Frame was designed for a print of the skylight in the entrance to the architectural studio of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home and Studio in Oak Park, Illinois. The frame is inspired by the Prairie School of Architecture of which Wright is considered the founder.

The finished picture frame is 38 1/4″h x 19″w x 1″d

An 18 page plan set that includes measured drawings, detailed instructions, construction photos and illustrations. Also included is information to purchase the print shown in the photo and the special staining technique used for the frame.

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Fallingwater Lamp

A few years ago I had the opportunity to visit Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural masterpiece Fallingwater. The Kaufmann family, owners of a prosperous 1930s era Pittsburg, PA department store, commissioned Frank Lloyd Wright to build a vacation home on their property Southeast of the city. To learn more about this National Historic Landmark visit the Fallingwater web site.

Wright was well known to design not just the building, but the complete living environment for his clients, including furnishings. One of the accessories at Fallingwater which caught my attention was a bedside lamp, used in both the main house and guest house.

Over the 10 or so years since my visit to Fallingwater I have become an ardent fan of the architecture and design of Wright. By chance I discovered an article on the Popular Woodworking Magazine website entitled Fallingwater Table Lamp and I decided then and there to build one.

After comparing the Popular Woodworking version to original photos of the lamp were some differences, so I came up with my own plans, attempting to stick as close as possible to the original photos.

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