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"Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer, a former Wright apprentice and the director of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, tapped into the organization's archives, a vault of more than 300,000 correspondence documents and 22,000 drawings, to put this book together. As a gift to Wright's fans, he's published dozens of images of sketches and designs, offering a privileged glimpse into the legend's visionary intellect through his expressions on paper." ~ArtInfo

"The fantastic volume celebrates Wright's artistry. Over 420 pages, author Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer (a former Wright apprentice and now director of archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation) leads an investigation of the most comprehensive selection of Wright's drawings, designs, sketches ever published. Flipping through offers unique insight into the architect's process, and reveals astounding tidbits about his most famed buildings including Fallingwater, the Guggenheim, and the Imperial Hotel." ~Complex Magazine

"Wright’s drawings, sketches and plans for his exquisite homes and buildings are works of art in and of themselves. In addition to dozens of examples of his creations on paper, the book also offers several remarkably fun insights into the man himself." ~Depatures

About the Author

Bruce Brooks Pfeiffer is director of archives at the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and has unprecedented access to its 300,000 correspondence documents and 22,000 drawings. He has been a member of the Taliesin Fellowship for sixty years, was an apprentice who drew and studied architecture under Wright, and is author or editor of more than forty books on Frank Lloyd Wright.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 420 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli; 1st edition (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0847835707
  • ISBN-13: 978-0847835706
  • Product Dimensions: 11.4 x 1.7 x 11.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,279 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nick Name on May 27, 2013
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This book is an entrancing, informative, amazing document. The author is utterly conversant with Wright's work and in this volume takes the absolutely brilliant approach of focusing on Wright's visualizations rather than the finished buildings, documented in so many other places. The result is an astonishingly powerful glimpse at Wright's creative process of architectural thinking. The images and text are incredibly rich, and it is a deligt to mine a single page, or to flip through for an overview. The connection between the drawings, which are themselves extraordinarily beautiful two-dimensional objects, distinctive in style, and the three-dimensional buildings they describe is fascinating. Wright's conceptual and creative capabilities are made abundantly clear and are astonishing. Reading this book left me with a truly uplifting sense of that the human mind can be capable of doing. Beautifully done; not expensive at all for what it is, and worth every penny.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By wf on November 10, 2011
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The book is excelent, with a lot of drawings and amazing sketches !
Bruce Pfeiffer is a great researcher.
I high recommend this book to all architects interested in design process.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Philip Hatfield on September 23, 2013
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Like the projects included in the book as it displays additional insight into Mr. Wright's work and talent. Wish there were more detail drawings.
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Beautiful book. I'm fascinated by Frank's genius and loved seeing projects that never made it into reality and his own drawings and sketches. He was too far ahead of his time. If he were alive today he'd be bigger than Martha Stewart and would be a gazillionaire. Looking at his designs it's hard to believe they were created almost 100 years ago. Genius! If you love Frank Lloyd Wright you will thoroughly enjoy this book which offers another look into his artistic mind.
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By Valentuan on January 12, 2015
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Loved it. I bought as a gift for a FLR fan and it was a great present
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By L. Fitzgerald on November 27, 2014
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Wonderful. Thank you so much.
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