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My dad and I built two chairs from the plans in the Seth Peterson Cottage book, and I enjoy them immensely. They are much harder to build than they look, and my dad (a professional builder and developer) scoffs at the notion of field carpenters building them to Wright's plans. The cutting angles are tough to calculate.
He also built a "prairie style" prints table that is still in the home. Its very similar to the one in oak park and at the dana home in springfield ill. He was a very gifted artist but must have had access to an original or drawings at some piont to come up with this design.
And please, oh, please do not make this a thread about whether we can truly call it usonian if FLW didn't design it!
I also wanted to pass along a "find" for those who may have an interest in woodworking. There are some very good plans in a back issue of "American Woodworker" magazine (issue #110 - Oct. 2004) for what they term an "Arts and Crafts Table Lamp". It's actually one (made from mahogony w/ stained glass) that's very similar to - but not exactly the same as - this FLW-style lamp.
The link to AW magazine says that some of their past issues are still available for $5.00 and photocopies of specific articles are available for $3.00.
Is there a particular piece of furniture you're interested in? I could try to track down the design in the Getty's collection of FLW documents here in LA.
Thank you very much for the wonderful offer, Deke. But, I'm mostly interested to learn how much (if any) there may be published on Usonian or Usonian-like furniture.
Like you, I have been in search of Usonian plans myself. Not much luck either. A good friend of mine is building a Usonian style home that he has designed. He and I have been searching specifically for origami/butterfly chair plans. I have found two sites that make them. A former Taliesin apprentice at www.kormanwoodworks.com builds them. He only sells the finished product though.
But I have also found a site, www.fitzwilliam.com where another builder/designer Geoffrey Fitzwilliams makes them. He metioned on his site that plans may become available soon. Well I emailed him a year ago and they were not available. I emailed him again today and of course, I am waiting to hear if anything has changed.
I would encourage you to email Geoffrey about his Usonian furniture, maybe we can tag team him and get the ball rolling for the creation of some plans. Hopefully he will get the picture that people are interested in Usonian plans.
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Several years ago there was a furniture shop in Highland Park, Illinois which sold Wright furniture including Usonian and Prairie pieces. I think it closed about three to four years ago. The furniture was of very high quality. I think the name of the store was the "Nelson Wright Gallery". Before closing the owner told me that he would be online to continue selling things after closing. I was never able to track the site down. He also told me that he had a person in Wisconsin who was doing the fabricating. If one could track down the owner, the plans might be tracked down as well. From what I remember, the pieces were all reproductions and not "in the style of".