Frank Lloyd Wright: in his own words

The thing always happens that you really believe in; and the belief in a thing makes it happen.

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867-1959) was an American architect, interior designer, writer and educator, who designed more than 1,000 structures, 532 of which were completed. Wikipedia

Space is the breath of art.

All fine architectural values are human values, else not valuable.

Less is only more where more is no good.

Organic architecture seeks superior sense of use and a finer sense of comfort, expressed in organic simplicity.

I hate intellectuals. They are from the top down. I am from the bottom up.

Art for art’s sake is a philosophy of the well-fed.

As we live and as we are, Simplicity—with a capital “S”—is difficult to comprehend nowadays. We are no longer truly simple. We no longer live in simple terms or places. Life is a more complex struggle now. It is now valiant to be simple: a courageous thing to even want to be simple. It is a spiritual thing to comprehend what simplicity means.

—FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT, The Natural House

Frank’s words resonate with us on that human, personal level, and like the designs of his buildings, his syntax is intentionally clean and minimal.

Arguably the greatest architect of the 20th century desired a Simple heart—Simplicity in all aspects of his life—and like him, I think the answer to our complex questions (and our fraught, complex lives) is much simpler than we imagine. Will knowing this (even agreeing with it) change anything? Maybe not now. But later? With your last breath in earth? Yes. You’ll know. Have the courage while it still matters.


Feature image copyright © 2014 Bauhaus2YourHouse

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