On June 8th anyone who loves great design can raise a toast to the 150th anniversary of the birth of the architect, interior designer, writer, and educator Frank Lloyd Wright. Although born in the 19th century, his influence is still felt in the 21st century not just in his timeless work, but also in his approach to design and legacy of innovation.
“The mission of an architect is to help people understand how to make life more beautiful, the world a better one for living in, and to give reason, rhyme, and meaning to life.” Frank Lloyd Wright, 1957
Celebrate Frank Lloyd Wright with products inspired by his designs and created by ACME Studio in collaboration with The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. A portion of the sales of products from their Frank Lloyd Wright Collection supports the conservation and education programs of the Foundation.
ENNIS HOUSE | Los Angeles, CA 1924
Designed by Wright in 1923 and built in 1924 for Charles and Mabel Ennis, Ennis House is a prime example of Mayan Revival architecture. The house features symmetrical relief ornamentation on the interlocking pre-cast concrete blocks. Ennis House is a designated city, state, and national landmark. For those who can't make it to LA's Los Feliz neighbourhood to see this spectacular home, you can see it featured in films such as Blade Runner, The Day of the Locusts, The Rocketeer, and even in the show-within-the-show Invitation to Love on David Lynch's original Twin Peaks. ACME Studio's FLW Architect's Pencil Set replicates the relief design used throughout the Ennis House and stamps it in chrome on the mechanical pencil's grip.
Considered by Wright himself to be one of his finest works, the Coonley Estate was built between 1908 and 1912 for Avery Coonley and his wife, Queene Ferry. Located in the Chicago suburb of Riverside, the estate is located on a small peninsula surrounded by the Des Plaines River. Wright had an unlimited budget and the unwavering support of the Coonley's, and he created a residential estate that represented the maturation of his Prairie Style of architecture. The blending of nature and structure, wide overhanging eaves, art glass windows, and free-flowing interiors are characteristic of this style and employed in the design of the buildings on the estate. The Coonley's were advocates of early education for children, and being a philanthropic couple they commissioned Wright to design a kindergarten for local children. The Avery Coonley School Playhouse (known as the Coonley Playhouse) was built in 1912. The design for the art glass windows in the Playhouse has become one of Frank Lloyd Wright's most famous designs. The pattern was a departure from his usual style of straight lines – balloons, confetti, and American flags created a festive look for the children. ACME Studio used this playful pattern as decoration for their Coonley Playhouse Collection which includes their classic roller ball pen.
THE IMPERIAL HOTEL | Tokyo 1923
It survived Tokyo's devastating Great Kantō Earthquake of 1923 and the bombing of Tokyo during World War II, but all that remains today of Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel is a recreation of the entry courtyard and reflecting pool which has been installed at the Meiji Mura Museum outside of Nagoya. Wright's dramatic Mayan Revival-style hotel was built on the site of the original Imperial Hotel, which was destroyed in a fire. Built from poured concrete, concrete block, and carved oya stone, and using Mayan inspired motifs, the hotel was stunning and dramatic and became Wright's best know work in Japan. Unfortunately, decay and economics factored in to the decision to demolish this architectural landmark. In 1967 Frank Lloyd Wright's Imperial Hotel met the wrecking ball, and was replaced by a high-rise tower. Along with the restoration at the Meiji Mura, designs from the Imperial Hotel live on in ACME Studio Imperial Collection.