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Frank Lloyd Wright’s Liberty Magazine Covers

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | May 6, 2021

In 1927, Frank Lloyd Wright designed a series of twelve monthly covers based on seasonal themes for Liberty magazine. While they were never published on the magazines, the designs endure as a lasting part of the Wright legacy.

When Frank Lloyd Wright submitted his designs for the covers for Liberty magazine in 1927, the publishers judged them as too avant-garde for the time. The magazine returned Wright’s presentation drawings and they became the basis for later interpretations executed in diverse media. Each design of the Liberty magazine covers is an example of Wright’s practice of using the tools of his trade: a t-square, triangle, and compass to create lively geometric designs.

Each month, we will add another design to this post, with a link to view products that each of them inspired. This month features Wright’s Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers.

Saguaro Forms & Cactus Flowers

The saguaro cactus with its massive arms and barrel trunk becomes an element for play in his unrealized design for a Liberty magazine cover, “Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers,” 1927.

Konzuk Saguaro Forms Drop EarringsSaguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers Gold Foil Puzzle

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers unrealized Liberty magazine cover

May Basket

May Basket is a colorful abstraction of a basket of overflowing grapes and other seasonal fruits in springtime.

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Check back each month, as we update this post with new designs!

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