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I received this reply from Gareth Williams, Curator
Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion at the Victoria and Albert Museum.
Dear Mr Ringstrom
Thank you for your enquiry about the Kaufmann Office designed by Frank Lloyd Wright in the collection of the V&A.
We are working on a long term plan to redisplay our twentieth century collections in a new gallery, and the Kaufmann office would certainly feature there. However, I cannot give you a date for this new gallery.
British law differs from US legislation governing the disposal of objects from museum collections and the sale of objects is very rare, and would only happen under exceptional circumstances. The Kaufmann office, therefore, is not available for sale to another museum.
Department of Furniture, Textiles and Fashion Victoria and Albert Museum
South Kensington London
I would encourage everyone to drop him and email with your thoughts on this subject at firstname.lastname@example.org
It is not difficult to agree with Toker; was the gift to the museum a slap in the face from Edgar to his father?
I support Paul's suggestion for Wrightophiles to write to Gareth Williams with our feedback. Important work such as this should not be kept in storage. I realize that not all of us will have a chance to visit, but I think it is important that Wright's work continue to gain exposure worldwide. Every new person who views his work is a possible steward for future generations. We should encourage this when possible.
I encourage everyone to let the V&A know your thoughts, even if you can't visit yourself.
Perhaps we can also encourage a larger Wright-focused organization to lobby the V&A?
It's like museum chairs, perhaps. Conservation is king. I wonder if some future holographic projection system will permit the recreation of spaces so they can be enjoyed, in some manner ? Will virtual reality be the answer ?
Again I argue for replication of original material, so we can have our cake and eat it too. . .
I remember it was my first "in person" encounter with a Prairie interior. The museum and Tafel are to be commended for setting the room up to be a "please touch" experience.
I suppose Toker has become the latest Gill! I enjoyed Fallingwater Rising, and in it Toker infers that Edgar always resented being in his fathers shadow, and banished an important part of him (his office) far away.SDR wrote:I was not aware of any bad feeling between father and son. . .
Have I missed something ?
While there appears to be much learned about Edgar Sr. having more to do with Fallingwater's creation-lore credits Edgar Jr.- there was no mention of DRN's account of the offices' disposition in Toker's book.
It was quite a long time ago for my failing memory, but I thought the window locations were permanently louvered, and that the columns were part of the museum structure.Deke wrote:the columns mentioned above are part of the design, where the windows opened. It was kind of odd to just peak in from various openings and not actually get inside the office.
Close-up of label, probably at V&A; the "solid plywood" is undoubtedly meant to read "solid wood"
http://www4.bfn.org/bah/a/archs/wright/ ... ce/11.html