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Architect Spotlight: Marion Mahony Griffin

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Mahony alongside Frank Lloyd Wright design. Photo courtesy of the New York Times.

Although she was egregiously under-appreciated during her lifetime, Marion Mahony Griffin is now recognized as one of the first licensed female architects in the world.

Griffin graduated from the prestigious MIT University in 1894; in 1895 she was hired by Frank Lloyd Wright and would eventually become his most trusted assistant. Her beautiful watercolor renderings of buildings and landscapes were greatly appreciated by Wright’s clients, although she was never given proper credit for them until many years later.

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Photo courtesy of New York Times.

Griffin contributed greatly to Wright’s “Prairie Style” work, especially in the design of windows, stained glass, and other artistic details. After she married landscape architect Walter Burley Griffin in 1911, the couple went on to complete numerous works throughout the United States, Australia, and India.

Read more about Griffin’s story in the New York Times, or in her own manuscript The Magic of America.

 

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Stockman House, 1908. Architecture by Frank Lloyd Wright; window and skylight designs by Marion Mahony. Photo courtesy of ‘Modern Elementary Statistics’ by John E. Freund, Gary A. Simon.

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‘Inverness’, 1933. Photo courtesy of the Griffin Society.

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Millikin Place street lamps, 1909. Photo courtesy of Illinois Focus.

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Adolph Mueller House, 1910. Photo courtesy of Peter Rush.

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Adolph Mueller House, 1910. Photo courtesy of Peter Rush.

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Design proposal, 1933. Photo courtesy of SaveWright.org.

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Design proposal, 1949. Photo courtesy of SaveWright.org.

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David M. Amberg House, 1910. Photo courtesy of Library of Congress.

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The Church of all Souls, 1904. Photo courtesy of MIT.

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Villa Zila, 1913. Photo courtesy of Palm Beach Daily News.

 

 

Dealer Spotlight: Concrete + Water in Brooklyn

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This Brooklyn boutique embodies the belief that quality design is universal and can take you anywhere. Concrete + Water‘s selection of good design encompasses everything from clothing and accessories to decor and Modernica’s line of Case Study Ceramics. As inspired by the vibrant colors of the tropics as the classic tones of the street, Concrete + Water’s apparel, accessories, and homewares lend a carefree note to classic style. Worth a trip if you’re in the NYC area!

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Inspire Me Monday: Snowchitecture!

With last week’s “snowpocalypse” finally behind us, it’s easier to look at the winter freeze in a creative new light. There’s no place on Earth that celebrates the creative potential of ice and snow like Lapland, Finland, home to the ICEHOTEL and world-famous Snow Show.

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Zaha Hadid and Cai Guo-Quiang‘s ice sculpture for The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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‘Oblong Voidspace’ by Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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‘Oblong Voidspace’ by Jene Highstein & Steven Holl. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

 

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Ice Time Tunnel – Tatsuo Miyajima & Tadao Ando. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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Icehotel 25 by Anja Kilian, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, and Wolfgang-A. Lüchow. Image © Icehotel.

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Icehotel 25 by Anja Kilian, Sebastian Andreas Scheller, and Wolfgang-A. Lüchow. Image © Icehotel.

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Obscure Horizons by Lawrence Weiner & Enrique Norten. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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Fluid Fossils by Morphosis + Do-Ho Suh. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.

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Sculpture by Anamorphosis architects. The Snow Show, Lapland. Image Courtesy of Fung Collaboratives.