Frank Lloyd Wright: The Office for Edgar J. Kaufmann [VHS]

 
9780967452210: Frank Lloyd Wright: The Office for Edgar J. Kaufmann [VHS]

This 30-minute video explores the historical and social context for the office that Wright designed for his most distinguished client, Edgar J. Kaufmann.

Designed by Wright between 1935-37, the office was created at the same time as Wright's famous Fallingwater house, also for Mr. Kaufmann. The video explores the personalities, creative decisions and historical circumstances behind the creation of the office.

Rarely seen archival film footage and photographs are incorporated in the video and are elucidated by the comments of three men who were closely connected to Wright throughout his final great creative phase: Edgar Tafel (architect, charger apprentice at Wright's famous Taliesin Fellowship, and construction supervisor at Fallingwater), Eric Lloyd Wright (architect, Taliesin apprentice and grandson of Wright), and Pedro Guerrero (photographer who worked with Wright from 1940 until the architect's death in 1959). The rich soundtrack also includes dramatic readings of the fascinating correspondence between Wright and Kaufmann, as well as the writings of Edgar Kaufmann, Jr., Olgivanna Lloyd Wright, and others.

The video was produced in conjunction with the permanent installation of the Frank Lloyd Wright Kaufmann Office at the Victora and Albert Museum, London.

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Frank Lloyd Wright's Pittsburgh office for department store tycoon Edgar J. Kaufmann is a striking interior space exemplifying Wright's love of geometric pattern and natural materials. This video was produced in conjunction with the permanent display of the Kaufmann office at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. The half-hour program is as much, if not more, about the relationship between Wright and Kaufmann, one of the century's great architect-client partnerships, than it is about the office interior itself.

An ingeniously edited combination of primary source material makes this video a pleasure to watch. Contemporary footage of interviews with Wright's grandson, himself a Wright apprentice and architect, and two other Wright associates (Edgar Tafel and Pedro Guerero) is interwoven with 1930s photos and film clips culled from an impressive array of archives, libraries and personal collections. Voice-overs and read letters and memoirs of Wright and the other principal players in what comes to seem like a real-life drama of the master struggling to realize his ideal world of form, color, and harmony with nature. [..]

This video makes an excellent addition to a large and growing gody of video documentaries on his life and works. -- -- Video Rating Guide for Libraries

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