Pay Design Homage to the Iconic David and Gladys Wright House
Re-create the interior aesthetic of a Frank Lloyd Wright landmark.
By Rachel Kupfer | Photography by Scott Sandler
The David and Gladys Wright House was completed in 1952 by famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright as a sanctuary for his son and daughter-in-law. It features a spiraling shape, which he also famously executed in the V.C. Morris Gift Shop in San Francisco and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, which perfectly embodies the designer’s penchant for organic architecture. Locally sourced cement blocks create an elevated main level where floor-to-ceiling windows look out to the treetops of surrounding orchards.
In classic Wright style, the interior seamlessly echoes the contours of the exterior. Unadorned block walls in the living room pair with concrete floors and Philippine mahogany window frames, doors and ceiling panels. Simple, geometric shapes, such as hexagons and squares, work together to form furnishings and lighting specially crafted to fit the room’s curvature. The aesthetic culminates with the show-stopping signature March Balloons area rug, designed by Wright. Circles intersect with and coil around each other, bubbling in a spectrum of primary colors that sets the palette for the entire room.
While the home’s future is in transition, elements of this landmark can be re-created with furnishings that emulate the architect’s iconic design.