Wohnzimmer im Vorstadthaus des Herrn B. Harley Bradley. Kankakee, Ills
Frank Lloyd Wright ( American, 1867 - 1959 )
This print of the Bradley residence living room reveals a unified scheme of art glass and furnishings, which Wright typically created for his Prairie houses. Wright designed chairs, textiles, lighting fixtures, and other fittings as the client’s budget allowed, thereby creating a complete work in which all elements were in aesthetic harmony—a Gesamtkunstwerk (total work of art). Boldly modern in their geometries, these designs, though richly ornamental to modern sensibilities, reflect some of the most sparely elegant and progressive American interiors at the turn of the 20th century. To produce this print, Wright himself traced a photograph of the living room. Possible rug designs are shown on either side of the print; however they were apparently not produced for the house, and Wright may have added there to the Wasmuth print simply for decorative effect.