The Levin House, Parkwyn Village

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Post by SDR »

There's also a flush ceiling light fixture above the Elliot fireplace. Schindler used this repeatedly, echoing Neutra's practice
perhaps unintentionally. Here's one at the Buck residence, almost invisible in most shots of the living room at the far corner
of the living room ceiling and associated with a cubic niche there.

I had a close-up photo of the light, taken before the digital-camera era. Can't find it now . . .

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More ceiling lights at Buck, a la Neutra, here:

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Post by Roderick Grant »

There was an open house at Buck when it went on the market a few years ago. Peter and I tried to figure out what went into the designing of that niche, but I don't recall coming to any conclusion. It would be a perfect hideaway for the family cat, provided there was a way up.

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Maybe a pet owl perch . . . or for a pallid bust of Pallas ?

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...or Pallas's cat eating the owl....

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Post by dkottum »

Would it be a more pleasing way to terminate the band of windows, rather than letting them die at the junction of the wall?

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Yup. Having forgotten momentarily what I saw at the house, the photo had me thinking that was a mirror up there.

Either way, you're right, and it also carries that line around to the clerestory pane in the other corner, and on out to the lower of two cantilevers.

http://thescoutmag.com/assets/0000/1601 ... 1272259053

The columns inboard of the window plane is unusual for Schindler, isn't it ?

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Post by Roderick Grant »

It isn't the opening itself that is strange, but the fact that there is a cubby beyond the opening. On the street façade, it reads as a row of windows stopping short of he corner; the lower roof begins at the south end of the chimney.

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Post by JChoate »

here's one for sale:

https://fineart.ha.com/itm/furniture/am ... ion-120115

I suspect this link will be kaput once the auction is completed, so for the longevity of this thread, here's a screen capture of the moment in time:

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(image by Heritage Auctions)

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Hah: "attractive patina to the ash wood, kick marks and wear indicative of age and use" it says, while the initial description says "Pine wood and wool
upholstery." The latter is undoubtedly closer to correct; Wright is not known to have used ash, and its grain would undoubtedly be visible even in
small photos.

I believe a previous listing of a similar chair mentioned ash; once again we have published errata becoming permanent. (The failed pedestrian bridge in
Florida was initially said in the press to have been "undergoing testing," a detail now become permanent despite its being refuted in more detailed
coverage; Marco Rubio reported being told that the post-tensioning rods were being tightened at the time of the accident, a more believable
account.)

I find this object to be "unconvincing" in its form: the back is much too wide relative to the footprint of the chair. This comports nicely, however, with the
evident dynamic instability, so -- if that unity is another signature of "organic" -- we have a weener . . .

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JChoate wrote:
Tue Feb 13, 2018 10:49 am
Regarding the Taliesin wide winged dining chair, here's something from Steinerag:


Uh oh, here's another cryptic Taliesin mini-mystery -- Steinerag titles this photo as taken in a "Private office" in taliesin III in 1926, meaning it was right after the rebuilding, probably prior to all the various later modifications. I wonder where this view was located. If simply in the Studio, then why the term "Private Office"? and why the lineup of chairs like this?

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I was looking for Levin and finish here....woow.... this should be the weirdest Wright's chair I've seen

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Re: The Levin House, Parkwyn Village

Post by SDR »

Here is the most extreme version of that chair---perhaps there was only one of these ? A Clarence Fuermann photo, c, 1917-19. The Taliesin living room at its darkest and most somber ? Photo is published full-page, Taschen II, p 478.

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