Frank Lloyd Wright Tree of Life windows

Frank Lloyd Wright jewelry: Martin House Inspiration

Dec 24, 2023 | meaningful jewelry + gift guides

Frank Lloyd Wright did not design jewelry, but his architecture inspires fandoms, and fans will find whatever they can to express their appreciation.

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Purchasing a Wright home – and they do come on the market from time to time – is outside my budget.

But jewelry inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright makes his architecture affordable to all.

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The Martin House in Buffalo, NY

The Darwin D. Martin House Complex in Buffalo, New York is a wonderful East coast example of Wright’s design aesthetic.

At the Martin House, Wright designed not only the structure, but also the furniture, and in many cases, forced even the arrangement of the furniture.

For this reason, even though the home had for a long time stood abandoned, little has changed from when Martin and his family lived there.

Built between 1903 and 1905, the complex comprises several interconnected buildings, showcasing Wright’s Prairie School style with its horizontal lines, overhanging eaves, and emphasis on the integration of the structure with its natural surroundings.

The intricate design of the Martin House exemplifies Wright’s belief in creating harmonious environments that engage with nature and promote a sense of unity between architecture and its context.

Tree of Life Windows in the Wright House

The Martin House showcases windows with sixteen distinct patterns of glass.

Wright in fact admonished people not to call these stained glass designs “windows.”

Instead, Wright called them “lightscreens.”

The Martin family ultimately lost its wealth, so the Martin House stood abandoned until money was raised to bring the home back to life.

In the meantime, the Tree of Life windows were stolen out of the casements.

The renovation of the Martin House continues to restore the more than sixty “Tree of Life” windows.

When did Frank Lloyd Wright design homes?

Wright was an active designer from the late 19th century through the mid-20th century,

He was part of the Prairie School, a design aesethetic and philosophy born at the close of the 1800s, and closely followed the Arts and Crafts movement.

He spanned both Art Nouveau and Art Deco.

Read about the differences between Art Nouveau and Art Deco design.

Chicago-based Prairie School architects were inspired by the landscape of the US Midwest, and responded to the natural world.

So, Wright’s designs are perhaps the first architecture that could be called truly American.

His buildings, characterized by horizontal lines, open spaces, and flat roofs, reflected a harmonious relationship between form and function.

Embracing organic architecture, he integrated structures with their natural surroundings. One of his most iconic creations, Fallingwater, spans a waterfall.

Here’s a gingerbread house replica of Falling Water by culinary artist / blogger Garden Melodies.

Frank Lloyd Wright Falling Water house made from gingerbread

Additionally, Wright’s prolific career also saw the birth of the Usonian concept, advocating for affordable, functional homes for the average American.

His genius extended beyond residential projects to include commercial spaces, museums, and even the iconic Guggenheim Museum in New York.

Other Frank Lloyd Wright buildings

Graycliff Estate (Derby, New York)

In addition to the Martin House in Buffalo, Graycliff is the summer estate designed by Wright for the Martins.

Zimmerman House

The “Usonian” style Zimmerman House in Manchester is an example of Wright’s vision for affordable and functional housing in New York state’s more rural landscape: the Hudson Valley.

The clean square windows of the entryway to the Zimmerman House are very different than the repeating chevrons that make up the windows at the entrance of the Wright House.

Characterized by flat roofs, open floor plans, and the use of natural materials, the Zimmerman House demonstrates Wright’s commitment to creating homes that are both aesthetically pleasing and practical.

Price Tower (Bartlesville, Oklahoma)

Price Tower was originally designed for New York City but was eventually built in Oklahoma. It is the only skyscraper designed by Wright.

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