Designer Highlight: Frank Lloyd Wright

Greetings from Grand Rapids! There is snow on the ground and more to come tonight, maybe, but so far my trip is going great! Today's agenda held a lot of meetings and touring of some new designs and new products. BUT the highlight of my day was getting to tour the Meyer May House that was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright!!

Frank Lloyd Wright was an architect in the early 1900's who built many famous buildings throughout the United States including churches, offices, hotels, schools, skyscrapers, museums, and residences. He was known for his sleek design technique, which at the time, was very innovative and uncommon. One of his most famous works is the residence known as Falling Water, in Mill Run, PA. (which is most likely what you will recognize him most for)

Falling Water got its name because, well, it was built right over a waterfall.


Anyway, we got to tour the Meyer May residence here in Grand Rapids, MI which was built in 1909.

Wright had a unique technique in his brickwork too. See how this brick looks like full lines that span the length of the house? He used mortar that was the exact color of the brick and had it be flush with the brick for the vertical runs. Then he used slightly darker mortar for the horizontal runs in order to add contract and divide each row.


Dining Room

Living Room. Wright even designed all of the furniture within the house.

And he designed the light fixtures... which were electric instead of gas.

This is the sitting room off of the master bedroom.

And the master bedroom had twin beds in it! (keep in mind that was standard for the time period) But can you imagine having twin beds in your master?!

The master bedroom had a built in bathtub (most during that time were claw foot bathtubs) AND it had a standing shower which was completely unheard of! (We have it so easy these days haha)

This was Meyer's son's bedroom.

This was his daughter's room.

What do you think? I had a blast touring it. It is neat to see what was considered forward and innovative design over 100 years ago.

Sorry the pictures weren't great, I had to take them all on my phone.