... had no heist planned, but have I not been to enough museums to think viewing anything on a "moving sidewalk" an unpleasant experience? I found the buildings much more interesting than those rocks on display.Roderick Grant wrote:(JimM, you didn't lift any diamonds while you were there, did you? I remember an old film with Terry Thomas, "Make Mine Mink" (1960) about a band of unlikely burglars casing, the Tower. Hilarious.)
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In 1955 the office was moved to the Edgar J. Kaufmann Charitable Foundation and Charitable Trust. A b/w photo taken just after that move shows two items I don't see in any photos of the VA installations: In the SE corner, under the 'wall', there was a couch, or day bed, from the desk to the wall of cabinetry, a simple wood base with a thick mattress. This was included in the original design, since it exists in a FLW preliminary drawing. Also, a chrome-plated floor model ash tray, a simple flat circle at the floor, a cylinder rising to support a cylindrical ash tray. Don't see many of those anymore.
I wonder if that furniture is on display, or moldering in the shadows where the Kaufmann Office spent so many years?
Here's a link to their website:
https://collections.vam.ac.uk/item/O694 ... ank-lloyd/
When we look at the website's photos we see this, which gives us a pretty good sense of what it felt like to be in the room.
(V&A Museum photos)
Note that the floor appears to be plywood like the walls.
Also note the beautiful & subtle rug, which matches the chair upholstery. According to the V&A website: "The roomÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s carpet and textiles were designed by Loja Saarinen who headed the textile workshop at the prestigious Cranbrook Academy of Art in Michigan".
The V&A website also includes photos showing the office set up without its ceiling. This is how it appeared in the Kyoto Museum of Art's exhibit. There, it was difficult there to get the feeling of being enclosed in that warm wood. The white walls of the museum contrasted strongly with the wood tones, making it seem darker than it probably seemed originally when your eye could adjust to the surroundings when they were all equally toned.
(V&A Museum photos)
Hopefully, the new permanent installation will include the ceiling and as much of the walls as possible.
To accompany that, here's Storrer's little illustrated essay. He mentions colors which are helpful, while suggesting (okay, stating) that the mural is made of cedar. Now, what is/are the specie(s) found in this space ?
So many questions, so little time . . .
Ã‚Â©, and thanks to, William Allin Storrer
Place of origin:
Wright, Frank Lloyd, born 1867 - died 1959 (designer)
Materials and Techniques:
Panels of swamp cypress plywood
Given by Edgar Kaufmann, Jr
W.9:1 to 240-1974
My recollection of seeing the office on display in Pittsburgh is that the wall opposite the elaborate desk wall was removed and you looked into the room that way. The ceiling was present. My memory may be a bit fuzzy after nearly 20 years though.
Here's an odd photo from "Merchant Prince and Master Builder," p 29 Fig 13, no date, uncredited.
Another installation that (originally) was compromised was the Little Living Room. The ceiling was too low to build the entire roof, so they lopped off a bit of it. Though now, I am given to understand, the whole thing has been moved to a roomier location. In that case, viewers can enter from one door at the far end of the room, the one leading to the porch, to a small space cordoned off by a railing. After taking it in, you turn around and "Excuse me. Excuse me." make your way back out.