Born in Spring Green, Wisconsin, on June 8, 1867, Frank Lloyd Wright is best remembered for how he blurred the lines between architecture, interior design and the natural world.

At the age of 20, the budding architect moved to Chicago and soon became an apprentice in the studio of Louis Sullivan. It was here that Wright learnt from Sullivan, who, as well as Wright, also inspired a generation of Chicago architects that would later be identified as the Prairie School.

After 5 years in Sullivan's studio, working his way up to a chief assistant, Frank opened his own business. Inspired by the flat Midwestern landscape, Wright drew upon the aesthetic of this part of America, creating a style that would eventually become known as the Prairie style.

Wright's original talent is exactly what makes his work still applicable in contemporary design of the 21st century. His key principles of integrating architecture with interior design and nature to create homes with an open floor plan, are still drawn upon for inspiration from today's architects.

Chicago, where Frank spent the first 20 years of his career, has more buildings by the architect than anywhere else in the world. To celebrate this and mark the anniversary of Wright's birth, the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust will run programs giving both locals and visitors alike a chance to see Wright's vision of Chicago.

 

Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1889/1898), Oak Park, IllImage: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.Photographer: Don Kalec Frank Lloyd Wright Home and Studio (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1889/1898), Oak Park, Ill
Image: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust.
Photographer: Don Kalec

Events include the Wright Around Chicago Bus tour, an expert commentary of Wright's designs including his Oak Park Home and Studio, Frederick C. Robie House as well as The Rookery Light Court, Wright's remodelling of the inside of the historic skyscraper.

Frederick C. Robie House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908-10), ChicagoImage: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright TrustPhotographer: Tim Long Frederick C. Robie House (Frank Lloyd Wright, 1908-10), Chicago
Image: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust
Photographer: Tim Long

The Rookery Building Light Court (Frank Lloyd Wright remodeling, 1905), Chicago Image: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust The Rookery Building Light Court (Frank Lloyd Wright remodeling, 1905), Chicago
Image: Courtesy of Frank Lloyd Wright Trust

The Pedal Oak Park bicycle tour will also be running, visiting 21 Frank Lloyd Wright sites. Tours of the famous Emil Bach House will also be taking place throughout 2017.

With the Prairie Style Passport, visit three out of six of Wright' participating Prairie style buildings in Illinois, Michigan and New York and receive a complimentary tour of Wright's Oak Park Home and Studio.

A newly restored Unity Temple is opening for tours on July 1. Coming up in mid July is an online exhibition of Wright's 1905 Japan photos.

See here for more information on all of the Wright 150 events.

Today on Barnebys, you can explore ShopWright, where you can purchase Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired designs. From jewelry to ceramics, furniture to glassware, every purchase from ShopWright supports the restoration, preservation and education programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Trust. Check out more here.

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