I tried posting this message in abpw along with a picture of the lamp
without much luck so I will try here with a website reference to the lamp.
I would love to make a version of the Frank Lloyd Wright pendant lamp from
Taliesin. You can see a picture of a replica at:
Has anyone seen a plan for this?
Ah, that'd be because this isn't a .binaries group, so that won't
(and shouldn't) work. Pictures are big, and can displace many many
text-based posts, making them expire early.
I haven't. The Wright licensing folks probably aren't real keen on
giving people the recipe when they can sell licensed products for so much
money. Looks like there's enough to work from there, though. Our local
museum has a store with this line of products in it, so you can see one
in person (Milwaukee if that helps).
I like Wright's work in general, but I can't say I care for this particular
light...to each their own though.
Dick - We were in Wisconsin a couple of years ago and saw some of these
lamps. While I am not normally into this type of artsy lighting these were
truly spectacular - not only in design but in the lighting effects. Have
you contacted the Taliesin preservation commission
I might be completely off base but I believe they had information concerning
some of Wright's lamps and other furnishings in their bookstore. They might
have also had some kits of some of his more simple items (not this lamp).
This might sound nuts but..... Have you considered gathering all of the
photos and information your can find and scaling individual dimensions based
on the overall dimensions provided in books and web pages -- and then laying
it out yourself? I am an old, board draftsman and the process of laying out
a scaled design is not that daunting. The tough part comes from figuring
out the assembly methods and electrical components. I am sure these lamps
use lighting and electrical parts that are outdated and even hazardous by
I had this thought when I was looking at some of them in the museum
bookstore. As nice as they are, they did not look horribly complicated in
their assembly. You appear to be interested in Wright's designs. If you
ever get to Wisconsin, I recommend a trip to Spring Green. Wright wasn't
the only radical thinker of that age and in that area - but probably the
I have been to the Boston Public Library and have pretty thoroughly
researched Taliesin. The pendant lamp only shows up a couple of times in the
books. There are better pictures on the web from companies that make a
version (actually it is just one company but it is sold by several
suppliers). I saw one in a lighting store in Boston a couple of years ago
but I didn't think they would appreciate me hanging around making drawings.
If it comes to that, I may have to do it but I hope that someone in this
group may have seen a plan somewhere. As for the lighting, since a modern
version is for sale, I'm sure that the issues have been dealt with if only
to be able to sell them safely.
I too have a great interest in reproducing FLW lighting for my own
home. Have you considered printing out the page you gave a link to,
then using a xerox machine to blow the image up til it's reached it's
stated dimensions? I realize the result will be pretty fuzzy, but you
should be able to measure an at least get a plan that will be properly
BTW, I had not seen that particular lamp, thanks for the link.
Another challenge will be to find small lamps and sockets at a low
enough price to make it worth building, or affordable. Lowest I've
found is about $5 each, socket with bulb, and the design I planned out
has at least 36 lamps. If you find cheaper bulbs or sockets, please
post it here.
instead of multiple copies, make 1 copy on an acetate sheet. use the
overhead projector at a school or library to display it on the wall to your
desired size. tape a large sheet of paper (i use endrolls from newspaper
plant) to the wall and just trace or measure it.
cave creek, az (about 10 miles from where this lamp resides)
I have looked at multiple pictures and there are lots of details that are
hard to make out. As for the cost of the lights, these lamps sell for $4000
so that isn't as big an issue as the plan. I have only seen one "plan" which
is very hard to make out. I will post it on apbw.
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