Modern Marvels

11 easy ways to add a little Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired style to your home

An original Wright house may be out of the picture, but it’s surprisingly easy to add a touch of Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design to your own place. (For more ideas, browse the Frank Lloyd Wright Store, where a portion of proceeds benefit the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.)

Interior shot of Taliesin, at daytime

Deck the Walls


 

Spheres Squared wallpaper

In his 1912 design of the Avery Coonley Playhouse education center in Riverside, Illinois, Wright lavishly incorporated art glass windows in bold geometrics. He referred to these compositions as “kinder-symphony,” but this wallpaper adapted from Wright’s design is by no means kids’ stuff.

at Bradbury & Bradbury

Ennis House mirror

Wright incorporated patterned concrete blocks into home designs as a way to truly challenge himself by giving new life to an oft-overlooked and disregarded material. Today, the textile blocks have become an iconic element of Wright’s work, and are the design source for the Ennis House Mirror, named for the Los Angeles home that features the same style of patterned concrete.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

Wright Cherokee Red Taliesin West paint

When Wright designed Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania, he specified the metalwork be painted a specific red, even sending the paint company a Native American pot as a color guide. Red has since become one of his signature colors—used everywhere from flooring and furniture to Wright’s own automobiles—but at Fallingwater it was used sparingly, on window mullions and door frames only.
at PPG Pittsburgh Paint

Imperial Touches


 

Frank Lloyd Wright Tang horse

As an avid collector of Asian art, Wright often incorporated fine examples of it in his homes. The original design of the Tang horse, which was a symbol of status and power during the Tang dynasty, is incorporated into the living room at Taliesin West. This hand-painted replica makes a great gift.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

Imperial Hotel coasters

The Wright-designed Imperial Hotel in Tokyo opened Sept. 1, 1923, and that very day survived the 7.9-magnitude Great Kantō Earthquake, which devastated much of the city. Wright designed almost everything in the hotel, and this coaster set features four of the designs that Wright used in the hotel’s Cabaret dining room. A festive pattern of brightly colored, overlapping circle, the design evokes the image of overflowing champagne bubbles.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

Robie 1 ladderback chair

The modern incarnation of the Imperial Hotel pays homage to Wright—particularly in the one-of-a-kind Frank Lloyd Wright Suite, created in collaboration with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. Inside the suite, Wright-designed light fixtures and Prairie Style furniture abound, including impressively statured dining chairs originally designed for the Frederick C. Robie House in Buffalo, New York, that can be ordered stateside in cherry or walnut.

at Cassina

Building Blocks


 

Marin County Civic Center pen holder

The center campus of the Marin County Civic Center in San Rafael, California, was Wright’s largest public project and last commission. The entrances to the Administration Building and Hall of Justice buildings are marked by gold-anodized metal gates, instead of doors; the vertical pattern and ball detailing were adapted for this walnut-finish pen holder.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers nightlight

One of Wright’s most popular designs, “Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers” was designed in the late 1920s to appear on the cover of Liberty Magazine, but the editors deemed it too “radical” for publication. Today the lobby foyer of the Arizona Biltmore resort, designed by Wright’s pupil Albert Chase McArthur, features the design in a stained-glass panel; this automatic nightlight, with laser-cut cherry frame, re-creates the effect at a more diminutive scale.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

San Marcos globe

Wright’s planned remodel of the San Marcos in the Desert Hotel in Chandler, Arizona, was derailed by the 1929 stock market crash, but his designs included renderings for numerous unique furniture and decorative items. The maple base of this 12-inch-diameter globe replicates the 60-degree angled legs and hexagonal top of an accent table designed in 1936 for the hotel’s dining pavilion.

at Replogle Globes

Graphic Content


 

Frank Lloyd Wright colored pencils print

Deck your walls with this subtle nod to the work of Wright. Collected from the desk of Frank Lloyd Wright in 1959 upon his passing, the pencils in this archival print pay homage to one of Wright’s most beloved tools.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

 

 

 

The Organic Commandment print

Or opt for a more overt show of appreciation with a framed archival print of Wright’s organic commandment. This graphically powerful yet simple list of shapes of the circle, square, and triangle express a broader application as a guiding life philosophy. Wright considered these shapes to be foundational to his work and enjoyed experimenting with their endless combinations to create complex designs. Our hope is that by including this print in your home you will feel equally inspired.

at the Frank Lloyd Wright Store

Discover the Ultimate Destination for Design Inspiration

Considered a must-visit for visitors and locals alike, there’s nothing quite like experiencing the work of Frank Lloyd Wright firsthand at Taliesin West, the architect’s winter home and desert laboratory.

Book a tour today

 

Photo: Ruth Lin

Taliesin West during the day