Frank Lloyd Wright was not only a giant among architects, he was also a towering personality. His life (1867-1959) spanned critical junctures in two centuries, through which he changed the face of building design both residential and commercial and became a controversial firebrand for the pursuit of artistic freedom as best expressed through what he characterized as organic architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright: The Interactive Portfolio is a simply fascinating collection of Wrightiana, capturing the essential man and artist in a unique, multimedia format. The text, written by Wright archivist Margo Stipe, touches sensitively on Wright's professional accomplishments as well as on his sometimes tempestuous personal life, but the rarer value here is the collection of photos, previously unpublished architectural sketches, and facsimiles of various documents and letters written both by and to the master. The elegantly handsome package is slipcased, and it also features a fabulous CD presenting excerpts from Wright lectures and interviews through the years, including an entertainingly contentious 1957 tete-a-tete with television reporter Mike Wallace. A one-of-a-kind gift item.

 

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