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Gift Giving the Wright Way

Got a Frank Lloyd Wrightie on your gift list?  We have a list of five thoughtful and original gift ideas.

1  Ginkgo Leaf Mobile
I stumbled across this item at Edgecomb Potters in Portland, Maine this summer.  It is gorgeous and unexpected!

mobile

Your FLW lover may or may not know that at the Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio, a gingko tree is the star of the garden.  A companion book or article offering the information would be a nice complement to this gift if you are not certain your gift recipient will understand the connection. Edgecomb Potters only shows the maple leaf version of the mobile on their website but you can order the gingko leaf version with a phone call to the store. The mobile is also available from Uncommon Goods.

2  Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy Membership
The primary focus of the Conservancy is advocacy; to save Frank Lloyd Wright-designed structures from destruction. The benefits of membership include discounts on tour tickets for many Wright buildings, but the work this organization does to help preserve the Frank Lloyd Wright structures is the real gift. With a visit to savewright.org you can learn more about the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy.

3  Note Card Set of the Frankly Speaking Series by Karen Robb
It’s no secret that the Frankly Speaking exhibit was high on my list of highlights this year.  While I was there I picked up a set of note cards that I adore. They will make a delightful gift that your recipient can frame or use to send notes, as intended.  If you are sure of your recipient’s admiration of this body of work, including a dozen 5″ x 5″ frames would be an excellent addition.  A couple of the originals are still for sale, so if you are a big spender, an actual original painting would be a thrilling gift for someone excited about this art. I bought my note cards from the Wright on the Park Gift Shop.  They aren’t showing up in the web store, but I bet a phone call to the shop will work!

4  Teco Pottery
Wright decorated many of the homes he designed with Teco Pottery.  The pieces are timeless and can be worked into any décor. Reproductions are available from PrairieMod and many of the gift shops at FLW buildings that are open to the public. PrairieMod is one of FrankFanatic’s favorite web sites, so if you are a lover of Prairie Style architectural, but haven’t subscribed, you should jump over there and check it out pronto!

teco

Gift givers with deep pockets who think this idea is a winner might want to consider an original piece. I regularly spot Ebay listings for the pottery pieces from the early twentieth century.

5  Frank Lloyd Wright The Houses — Alan Hess, author and Alan Weintraub, photographer
FrankFanatic’s favorite coffee table book is this big colorful book titled Frank Lloyd Wright The Houses.  If the FLW enthusiast in your life doesn’t have a big book of Frank’s work, this gift will surely make him or her smile.

Book Cover Image

The gift I got while making this list was that I did a little Google stalking of author Alan Hess and ran across a photography website for an Alan Hess.  Even though Alan Hess was the author of the book and another photographer was listed, it was a book filled with photography and this could be the guy. I clicked the link to check out alanhessphotograpy.com and quickly learned that it was not the correct Alan Hess.  I was, however, intrigued and proceeded to spend the better part of an hour looking around. This is a terrific site to follow if you love music and/or photography.

 

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