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Perhaps the most remarkable thing about the Taliesin Tree Lamps (have they always been called that ?) here is that all three are built in, not free-standing. I wonder how many of these installations there are, altogether; I know that there are others. Could there be more of them than free-standing ones ? Do any or all of the Laurent Tree Lamps date from the earliest years of the home's existence ?
These video tours, apparently inspired by the pandemic, are a great idea. Good things can come from adversity . . .
It's wonderful that you'd gone ahead and commissioned the lamps to be made for the home. If you would like - and are able - I'm certain all here would enjoy seeing how beautiful they look in their setting!
Thanks for joining us here Todd. Yes, Congratulations. Incredible house.
I've got to ask - do you have drawings?
If so , is possible to post some here?
No worries if not.
Hope you hang around.
Again - incredible house - you are fortunate.
I believe that Dan C, owner of the Dobkins Usonian, saw to the construction of a 60º version of your fixtures, for his house (Technically, a "lamp" is a light bulb.) Very nice.
Kevin, I was looking at the 1933 Hillside Theater at Taliesin, built in the stone-and-wood barn that was the gymnasium of the 1902 Hillside Home School. Few photos apparently exist of this theater; none are reproduced in the Monographs nor in Taschen. But a broad interior perspective (drawn by whom, and when ?) found on page 137 of Monograph 5 (Pl 229) has sketchy versions of the fixture in question, desdending in this case (the first sighting of the form ?) from the ceiling.
I'm looking for the roof framing plan in particular.
These are notoriously hard to come by!
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Kraus house pole lamp, not freestanding, no 90 degree angles in the lamp itself.
I chuckle when I read that a house with complex geometry "doesn't have a single right angle anywhere." I don't see that as an especially winning attribute, though the speaker no doubt has the best of intentions. For one thing, the statement can't be true---unless the quote includes the words " in plan," meaning "as seen from above"--- because of course walls and door and window openings are (usually) plumb, or at right angles to the floor. And, one finds several right-angle walls within the house, often where they aren't easily seen, as in closet partitions, for instance, or walls accommodating appliances.
The beds are usually rectangular in plan, too, to suit off-the-shelf mattressess. That said, Mr Wright drew parallelogram-shaped beds in a number of angular Usonians, though in many cases that isn't what the client ended up using. Look closely at this plan of the Kraus residence, for instance. Someone will have to report whether the house actually contains these unusual beds:
https://bloximages.newyork1.vip.townnew ... 1200%2C826
Palmer house as well.
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I saw the beds on a tour at Kraus and thought that they would feel small because of the angles. Later slept on similar examples at Palmer, and they didn't feel small. Though I imagine replacing the mattresses must have been an adventure.