- Hardcover: 48 pages
- Publisher: Thunder Bay Press; First edition. edition (June 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1571456902
- ISBN-13: 978-1571456908
- Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 12 x 1.1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,220,249 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Frank Lloyd Wright in Pop-up Hardcover – June, 2002
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Like most pop-up books, it is fragile, paper engineering being what it is. I have yet to see a pop-up book that isn't as fragile as a flower. You should keep this book out of the reach of children. But, it should make a beautiful coffee table item for thoughtful adults, but again, it's destined to be a wonderful collectors item, so only take it out for special occasions.
I read Dominic's review and completely disagree. As a pop-up book collector, I expect pop-ups to be only as complex or realistically depicted as makes sense to its art and that of the story. The pop-ups cleverly give you the illusion of standing back and viewing the structures from a great distance as opposed to viewing a 3 dimentional, detailed miniature.
It works beautifully.
First of all, Dominic is wrong when he says the pop ups don't actually "pop up." The model of the Johnson Wax building actually rises up a good six inches, maybe more off the paper, hardly anything close to what he describes. Most don't go that far, but are still very enjoyable to watch how they work as you open up the book, and to look at.
And as for the fragile binding and poor book quality he cites, well, welcome to the real world of commercial publishing of art and architecture books, which has been going downhill for probably the last 20 years, as publishers struggle to maintain profitability in the face of an American public that cares little for art and architectural education. Dominic also doesn't discuss the written text, which, for a book that looks like it's designed more to entertain rather than to educate, is well done, with detailed histories of the six buildings in the book, and comments by Wright himself about how he designed the project.
Even if you don't buy it, if you're a fan of Wright's, you should at least seek it out for the sheer fun of watching the paper pop-ups of Wright's buildings. The book discusses six of Wright's most notable buildings, such as the Johnson Wax building, Fallingwater, and the Mayan style house in L.A. (unfortunately I don't recall the name of the owners). The choices of buildings are a good selection to represent the full diversity of Wright's work, which ranged from personal residences to major corporate complexes. Overall, this is an interesting and fun and informative book on Wright that should be of interest to any Wright afficionados or fans of pop-up books (the most fun books after all--check out the Kama Sutra one I saw once some time. :-)).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's perfect! There's no dust cover, but that hardly matters. All the pop-ups work and are in great shape.Published 11 months ago by CVZ
The cover of the book is nicely designed with a portrait of Mr. Wright screened in the ocean blue color with a spot varnish on the top Greek Orthodox Church photo. Read morePublished on October 11, 2013 by Mike Pearce
I had high hopes for this books based on the high customer reviews and the publication date (2002)--which is in the date range of the modern high-tech paper engineered pop up... Read morePublished on October 25, 2011 by EcoDesigner
I gave this to my nephew as a gift. He makes blueprints for an architecural firm. He loved it. It is very informative and facincating.Published on January 23, 2011 by L. J. Hohman
I have enjoyed this book since receiving it. It's a fun coffee table book and the pop-ups are wonderful. It is a fragile book, arriving with the spine damaged in shipping. Read morePublished on January 18, 2008 by BJ
Not a serious architecture book by any means, but it is neat to look at and keep on your coffee table. Other reviewers seem to take it too seriously (and maybe themselves also).Published on February 27, 2007 by Angela Carter
this was purchased as a gift for my niece. she is showing an interest in architecturePublished on January 10, 2007 by Rex E. Nye
My brother-in-law simply LOVES Frank Lloyd Wright, and as an architechtual engineering student he LOVED this book.Published on January 9, 2007 by Marisa A. Jannaman
The only reason I cannot give this book 5 stars is because 2 of the 6 pop-ups do not work as intended. but the design, layout and whole presentation is pretty impressive. Read morePublished on January 7, 2007 by Scott Rosemond