This Week I Loved…

A bratwurst lunch in downtown LA.
wurstkucheThis home-cooked meal with bacon-wrapped pork.
homemademealStreet art filling in an otherwise missing concrete brick.
streetart This RauschenbergDSCN3334 …and this Frank Lloyd Wright furniture at the Huntington.DSCN3349 The mountain view from my desk and my new job with an interior design firm in Pasadena. Woo hoo!viewfromwork My funny cat sleeping.DSCN3485And this. (I heart Stephen Colbert.)

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”

Well, I’ve finished my research paper on Frank Lloyd Wright, and one thing’s for sure: He was REALLY committed to nature. While aesthetically his designs are unmatched and went on to influence nearly every architect to follow him, his sustainability intentions were not always completely realized. But hey, at least he tried, which is more than most architects of his time were doing. My research turned up all sorts of interesting quotes, and today I’m sharing some of them with you in the hopes that Frank Lloyd Wrights words of wisdom will inspire you to do more to connect with your own natural environment.

“Study nature, love nature, stay close to nature. It will never fail you.”


“Go to the woods and fields for color schemes.”


“The best way to light a house is God’s way – the natural way, as nearly as possible in the daytime and at night as nearly like the day as may be, or better.”


“Now there can be no organic architecture where the nature of synthetic materials or the nature of nature materials either is ignored or misunderstood. How can there be? Perfect correlation, integration, is life.”


“To me air conditioning is a dangerous circumstance. The extreme changes in temperature that tear down a building also tear down the human body.”


“I think it far better to go with the natural climate than try to fix a special artificial climate of your own. Climate means something to man. It means something in relation to one’s life in it.”


“In speaking of integrity in architecture, I mean much the same thing that you would mean were you speaking of an individual. Integrity is not something to be put on and taken off like a garment. Integrity is a quality within and of the man himself. So it is in a building.”

Taliesin West - Phoenix, AZ

Taliesin West – Phoenix, AZ

Which quote speaks to you?



Lind, Carla. The Wright Style: Recreating the Spirit of Frank Lloyd Wright (New York: Simon & Schuster, 1992).

Spirn, Anne Whiston, C. Ford, Peatross, Long David Gilson De, and Robert L. Sweeney. Frank Lloyd Wright: Designs    for an American Landscape (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1996).

Wright, Frank Lloyd, and Donald D. Walker. The Natural House (New York: Horizon, 1954).

This Week I Loved…

My awesome new desk chair.


Lunch with a friend in my old neighborhood.

VillageIdiotPaleo granola.

DSCN0696A leisurely walk through my neighborhood.


Finishing the rough draft of my paper on Frank Lloyd Wright and sustainability.


Being featured with the So Cal Lady Bloggers here:

Also, this video.

Frank Lloyd Wright is Awesome

As you may know, I’m taking a class on sustainable design right now, and as such I have a paper to write in the next couple weeks! It will be on Frank Lloyd Wright, what he called “organic” design, and the ways in which it resulted in passive design. Ok, so what if I just wanted to use it as an excuse to pour over Wright’s designs for the next couple weeks. Well I won’t bore you now with the details of the paper, but I will share with you a few awesome Frank Lloyd Wright designs that I’ll be ogling over in the coming weeks.

Taliesen West

Located in Scottsdale, AZ, Taliesen West was Wright’s winter home and today it remains the winter home of the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture. Being in the desert, there are a ton of passive design elements to keep up with the extreme temperatures. It is also a great example of how to condition a building to rely as much as possible on the available sunlight to light a room. I went on a tour through here about a year and a half ago, and the tour is well worth a trip to see it.


The first built of the two Taliesens, this one is located in Spring Green Wisconsin. It also houses the school of architecture students in the remaining season. In it’s history, the house has actually been destroyed by fire and rebuilt not once, but twice within Frank Lloyd Wright’s lifetime!

Chapel of the Holy Cross

Built into the rocks of Sedona, AZ, this is a fantastic example of what Wright’s idea of “organic design” meant aesthetically. This place is just as remarkable inside as it is from the outside. Yes, those are all windows you see, and yes the view from inside is pretty amazing!

The Guggenheim New York

This is a fantastic space for modern art. If you haven’t been here before, the spiral you see on the outside of the building is reflected within as well, gradually taking you up and up through the museum as you look at all the wonderful art exhibited on the way up.

Hollyhock House

Located here in Los Angeles (I’m ashamed to say I haven’t been to see it yet), Wright built this entire house out of poured molded concrete. Oh, and if you’ve seen the Rocketeer, you’ve seen the inside… it was the home of that dastardly Neville Sinclair (played by Timothy Dalton).

Gordon House

This was one of Wright’s many Usonian homes, designed for American families of “widely varying means” with his organic design philosophy, honoring the land on which they were built. This one is located in Silverton, OR.


I hate to play favorites, but this is the one I am most dying to see in person! Doesn’t it just seem magical? It was built for the Kaufmann family in the 1930’s in Mill Run, PA, on top of a naturally occurring waterfall. What  a way to live in the woods, eh?

There are so many more incredible creations from Wright’s prolific career, and there is a plethora of information on each of them, so consider this a teaser.

Tell me, have you ever been to any of Frank Lloyd Wrights architectural creations? What were your thoughts?