by Jerry ElengicalOct 20, 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.
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.
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.
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.