Frank Lloyd Wright inspired 3D cement tiles and textile blocks unveiled

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation partners with building materials company, Eso Surfaces, to create textile blocks and 3D cement tiles from the iconic Frank Lloyd Wright archive.

by STIRworldPublished on : Jun 07, 2021

“We took the concrete block and made it live as a thing of beauty, textured like the trees among which it stood.” - Frank Lloyd Wright

You can now bring the iconic designs of America’s most influential architect into your home - The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has partnered with building materials company, Eso Surfaces, in southern California to create iconic textile blocks and 3D cement tiles from the Frank Lloyd Wright archive. The initial launch comprises a collection of five grey tiles and blocks that reproduce signature patterns and aesthetics of much beloved worldwide architectural landmarks such as the Charles Ennis House (1924 ), John Storer House (1923) and Millard House "La Miniatura" (1923) in California, United States

  • Millard 3D Tile inspired by the Millard House La Miniatura, the first of Wright's four textile block houses | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Millard 3D Tile inspired by the Millard House "La Miniatura", the first of Wright's four "textile block" houses Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces; All Historical Photos: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum Of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York) All Rights Reserved
  • Ennis 3D Tile inspired by the Charles Ennis House | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Ennis 3D Tile inspired by the Charles Ennis House Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces; All Historical Photos: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum Of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York) All Rights Reserved
  • Storer Textile Block inspired by the John Storer House | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Storer Textile Block inspired by the John Storer House Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces; All Historical Photos: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum Of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York) All Rights Reserved
  • Ablin Textile Block inspired by the Dr. George Ablin House | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Ablin Textile Block inspired by the Dr. George Ablin House Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces; All Historical Photos: Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The Museum Of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York) All Rights Reserved

Another one is the Ablin Textile Block (emulating the Dr. George Ablin House built in 1958), which is a uniquely shaped concrete tile with a precisely cut hollowed out middle, that can be made into walls which allow light and breeze to flow freely. “This marks the first time a design from the Ablin House in Bakersfield, CA has been licensed for development as a consumer product,” shares Eso Surfaces. A solid cement accent tile also accompanies the collection, which can be employed for interior as well as exterior surfaces.

  • Ablin Textile Block | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Ablin Textile Block Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces
  • Storer Textile Block | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Storer Textile Block Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces
  • A solid cement accent tile accompanies the patterned collection | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    A solid cement accent tile accompanies the patterned collection Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces

In the early 1920s, Frank Lloyd Wright employed patterned moulds to create unique concrete blocks and tiles to create structurally innovative buildings and remarkably modern architecture. These incorporated forms and geometric patterns lent richness and character to an otherwise flat looking material, giving a distinct Wright touch to the influential landscape of American architecture.

“Eso’s stunning interpretations of Wright’s work are executed to the highest quality standards so designers, architects, and homeowners can be inspired to bring this rich legacy into homes, offices, and landscapes,” says  Stuart Graff, CEO, Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

  • Millard 3D Tile | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Millard 3D Tile Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces
  • Ennis 3D Tile | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Ennis 3D Tile Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces

The tiles were launched a few weeks before Wright’s birth anniversary (June 8, 1867) and are photographed at Taliesin West, Arizona, the headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation and Wright's winter home and school from 1937 until his death in 1959. It is also home to the Taliesin Fellowship as well as the main campus to the Frank Lloyd Wright School of Architecture, and was designated as a National Landmark in 1982, where Wright’s works and discourse can be experienced in its architecture and the legacy it undertakes.

  • Ennis 3D Millard 3D Tile and Ennis 3D Tile photographed at Taliesin West in Arizona | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Millard 3D Tile and Ennis 3D Tile photographed at Taliesin West in Arizona Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces
  • Ablin Textile Block photographed at Taliesin West, headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Ablin Textile Block photographed at Taliesin West, headquarters of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces
  • Storer Textile Block photographed at Taliesin West | Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles | STIRworld
    Storer Textile Block photographed at Taliesin West Image: Courtesy of Eso Surfaces

Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Textile Blocks and 3D Cement Tiles will be available in single and bulk for pre-order here and @esosurfaces.

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