I’ve just completed a new nightlight that I’m excited to have up in my Etsy store. I was inspired after flipping through the pages of my copy of Light Screens Illustrated by Dennis J. Casey.
I’ve been experimenting with a lot of pieces that have been based on squares and rectangles. It seems like it was as good a time as any to shift gears and try something more angular that included a couple of triangles.
I liked the repeating patterns in the windows of the Hollyhock house so that seemed like a logical place to start. As I was looking into the home itself, I learned a lot about its unique design. I thought I share some of my discoveries.
Frank Lloyd Wright’s Hollyhock House
The Aline Barnsdall Hollyhock house was completed in 1921. The home was one of Wright’s cast concrete creations. The home got its name from the stylized representations of the hollyhock that can be found throughout the home.
The house was donated to the city of Los Angeles in 1927 due to the cost of up-keep.
Since it’s donation to the city it has served as an art center and art gallery among other functions. The home was re-opened to the public in 2015 after and extensive 3-year renovation project.
The home is located in the Barnsdall art park.
If you’d like to get a better feeling for this amazing house check out this great documentary that features footage from the home and surrounding grounds.