Chapter 6 Summary: From Vacuums to the Vote

While we were having our discussions in class, I was very surprised by the amount of influence that Art Nouveau was having on art and architecture in this era. However, one particular individual that I was very interested in during this period was the architect Frank Lloyd Wright. His work was greatly inspired by William Morris, Japanese design and architecture, and also pre-Columbian architecture and art. Influenced by Japanese architecture in particular, he loved how simple the interior design was compared to the overly decorated Victorian architecture.

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Frank Lloyd Wright

Some of the buildings he made were Fallingwater, Johnson Wax building, and Guggenheim Museum. He also designed the book The House Beautiful which shows a great example of his architectural skills within his hand-drawn bordered designs. However, when we were seeing examples of his work in class, I really loved his architectural designs for Fallingwater. I was just amazed by how he managed to design such a modern piece (that can be still seen desirable today) over a waterfall. Unlike many buildings and houses today that take down trees and tear up the whole landscape, he incorporated this design into the surroundings of nature. I would just love to live in house like that…just amazing…

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