Occasional Table
USA, c. 1937 / c. 1985
Frank Lloyd Wright

Lacquered wood
20¾ × 20¾ × 18”

As Wright worked to define his vision for American architecture and design, the currents of Modernism coursed at home and abroad. Architects and designers in Europe, Great Britain and America integrated exterior and interior design principles to achieve a level of visual unity never before seen. From paintings and prints, to light fixtures and furniture, the Modern style was pervasive, synthesizing every aspect of design as a Gesamtkunstwerk, a “total work of art.” .Wright’s ideology, like that of his international contemporaries, focused on the complete integration of the house  ̶ site and structure, interior and exterior, furniture, ornament and architecture, every element of the design was connected. In The Wasmuth Portfolio (Berlin, 1910), Wright described his goal as such: "To thus make of a dwelling place a complete work of art… this is the modern American opportunity.".Bold, innovative and architectural, the furnishings and decorative arts of Wright’s Chicago years were conceived as integral elements of his Prairie interiors, designed in harmony with each specific commission. Incorporating furniture, lighting, and decorative arts into the structure of his buildings enabled Wright to achieve a harmonious and unified interior. —Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

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