Mid-Century Modern with Hand-Crafted Wood
Let's start in the kitchen. The room is smaller than many of today's kitchens and there's no island, although they do have a built-in table for eating. They're missing a dishwasher and microwave but otherwise this mid-century modern kitchen looks pretty similar to today's kitchens with open shelving, which is a growing trend. Notice the overhead lights that are similar to today's recessed lighting, although I doubt this typical in the 1950s.
You have to love the appliances and the stove is the original one, and the refrigerator while new, matches the one that was installed when the house was built. And yes, everything in the kitchen works as Frank Lloyd Wright's great, great granddaughter lives here.
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Moving into the living room, you first notice the over-sized rug (shown above) which dominates the room. It's a lovely space with lots of windows, include floor panels on some walls. Numerous seating areas are scattered throughout the room, filling all possible wall nooks. Banquettes line the walls with bright throw pillows, and there are two large tables — one for adults, and a shorter version with smaller chairs for little people.
Look closely at the bowl of flowers in the table below. The vase is nestled into an opening in the table, so it's not going to move and there are crayons in the bowl on the children's table.
And room for a grand piano but you'll have to take the tour to learn about the famous people related to the Wrights (their photos are on the piano).
Continuing past the living room, you're struck by a hallway that is extremely functional. Open shelving and drawers line the hallway and match the circular curve of the house … and so does the rug.
The bedrooms are comfortable and furnished like the rest of the house, with built-in features made of wood, against the concrete block walls. The bathrooms look small and dated but very functional.
The house as you would expect from one of American's most famous architects, was sensational. If you're in Phoenix, you should try to visit the David Wright house to experience the rich simplicity of this amazing mid-century modern house. During the days you can enjoy the views from the roof and at night, you'll get a better appreciation of the beauty this house exudes with it's shapely curves.
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Visiting this amazing house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was a once in a lifetime experience. It reminded me of visiting the Great Wall of China, where I pinched myself to prove I was really there because some things are like fairy tales beyond your imagination, only seen in a book or on a screen.