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Frank Lloyd Wright: Celebrating His Interiors

Architectural Toys: For Kids Big and Small

Emerging Leader Profile: Featuring Laura Tomlinson
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 Frank Lloyd Wright
Celebrating His Interiors

Frank Lloyd Wright is known as one of America's first true architects, in creating a style for America that was all its own.  Devoid of the derivative nature of his architecture predecessors and contemporaries, Wright's Prairie Style drew its inspiration from Midwestern planes.  Comprised of long horizontals and massing, this style was focused on "invoking the Midwestern landscape" exemplifying his belief that architecture should be "suited to its environment and be a product of its place, purpose and time". Wright prided himself on his architecture especially as it related to the human experience, from the siting, approach, entry and understanding of the interior spaces. 

As Wright wrote in 1910, “In organic architecture then, it is quite impossible to consider the building as one thing, its furnishings another and its setting and environment still another,” he concluded. “The spirit in which these buildings are conceived sees all these together at work as one thing.”   He designed all of the interiors, window, lighting, rugs, furniture and textiles for many of his projects.  His interior spaces of some of his more famous projects are highlighted this month to celebrate that relationship of architecture to interior design.  
The Robie House, was built around 1910, in Hyde Park, a suburb of Chicago.  The open plan interior is anchored by massive fireplace and stair that allows continuous flow around the center point.  The light fixtures speak to the exterior window glazing which feature his signature geometric abstracts of natural forms.  The interiors, fully restored in the late 1990's, reflect Wright's dedication to detail with color, pattern, and wood work speaking to the exterior and windows of the house creating a cohesive visual story.
Frank Lloyd Wright's iconic Fallingwater is known for its siting atop a waterfall on his clients southern Pennsylvania land.  The building was about making the waterfall feature an integral part of the building while the interiors were designed to feel like the surrounding forest.  The interior walls are constructed of local sandstone with a large rock outcropping incorporated into the home's hearth.  Cornerless windows bring the view and daylight into and through the space.  The house also is the only one of Wright's projects that have all the original furniture and artwork. 
The Zimmerman House, an example of Wright's Usonian style homes, is located in Manchester, NH as a part of the Currier Museum.  The continuous concrete floor, large windows and built in furniture make this 1,400 SF home feel spacious and inviting.  Much like most of Wright's residential interiors, the hearth is the heart of the home that the circulation moves around.  Wood is used on the ceilings and builtins to add a sense of a warmth and nature into the space. Colors, shapes and textures harmonize the open plan.

Architectural Toys
For Kids Big and Small

Looking for the perfect gift for the budding architect or seasoned design veterans alike? Look no further than the following list, encompassing classic to modern architectural toys and everything in between.
  Invented in 1916 by Frank Lloyd Wright's son John Lloyd Wright, Lincoln Logs continues to be a classic construction toy beloved by children of all ages. Just ahead of the 2016 centennial, K’nex returned production to the United States and issued a 111-piece 100th anniversary tin.  LEGO’s architecture line lets anyone rebuild the masterpieces brick by plastic brick. The architect series includes modern buildings such as the Villa Savoye, Imperial Hotel, Fallingwater, and the Farnsworth House, while the landmark series comprises sites like the Trevi fountain, the Eiffel Tower, and the United Nations Headquarters. Each kit includes a booklet with details on the building’s history and design.  Engino brings complex concepts into clear focus for budding engineers and scientists with award winning components and step by step illustrated assembly instructions.  Discover all types of forces applied in Buildings and Bridges and how they are designed to provide massive weight support.  Build nine working models such as a Suspension Bridge, Truss Bridge Lower Truss Bridge, House and more. These fantastic papercraft models will let you reconstruct a little Big Apple at home. And when we say little, we mean it. The models, which depict landmark New York buildings, come as printed postcards, which means 4-5/8" x 6-3/4" in size. You then (carefully) cut them out and stick them together. Young Iggy Peck has a talent for building, but his dream of being an architect is challenged by his second grade teacher, Miss Lila Greer, who dislikes architecture and thinks it has no place in the classroom. Andrea Beaty’s clever rhyming text accompanies David Roberts’s striking mixed-media illustrations in this humorous story about following your passions, no matter what. Regarding Froebel gifts, Frank Lloyd Wright wrote at age 88, “the maplewood blocks are all in my fingers to this day,” of the gift he received as a child. Now rendered in beech, replicas of the original six Fröbelgaben (Froebel’s Gifts) — playthings of increasing geometric complexity invented by the German educator in the 1830s — are still available today.
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Laura Tomlinson

Company: Isgenuity
Concentration: Our firm specializes in Healthcare but a great deal of my work also focuses on Workplace and Higher Education projects. 
College/University: University of South Florida, Boston Architectural College 
Year(s) of Graduation: 2010, 2016
What is your strongest personal quality:  Dependability, Honesty 
What skill set are you most proud of professionally?:  The ability to collaborate with teammates and asses my work objectively. 
What was your first thought when you woke up this morning?: 10 more minutes... 
What is your best childhood memory?: Vacationing in Key West every summer - lots of boating, sunburns, and reading as many books as possible. 
What's your go to for de-stressing?:  Long walks in the warmer months. Hot tea and a book in the colder months. Coversations with a good friend or my husband also does wonders. 
Revit, CAD, or Sketchup?:  Revit for drawings, Sketchup for exploring ideas.  
Are you usually early or late?:  Always early. 
What three things are in your bag?:  Notebook, pen, headphones. 
If you could turn any activity into an Olympic sport, what would you have a good chance at winning a medal for?:  Coffee-drinking...

Why did you choose to become an Interior Designer?: Interior design is both creative and analytical which is, in my opinion, the perfect combination. I can't imagine working in any other field.  
What is one goal you'd like to accomplish in your lifetime?: So many, but a long term goal is to eventually design and build a home with my architect husband.  
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