Frank Lloyd Wright has long been renowned for his work in the decorative arts as well as in architecture. For Wright, the two were inseparable. Furniture, fabrics, tiles, glass and even tableware were all integral contributors to a building’s design. While the entire building as a work of art was a widely shared ideal among arts and crafts and modernist architects, few were as
prolific as Wright in a spectrum of media or as enduring in their pursuit of innovation in the decorative arts. This was a commitment that would leave a lasting impact on the avant-garde in the decades following World War I as well. Grand Rapids, Michigan, one of the nation’s great centers for the design and production of furniture during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, is a fitting location to gain fresh insight on Wright’s remarkable output in the decorative arts during this year’s conference, Wright on the Inside.