Frank Lloyd Wright (1867–1959) is recognized worldwide as one of the greatest architects of the twentieth century. His work heralded a new thinking in architecture, using innovation in design and engineering made possible by newly developed technology and materials. His creative ability extended far beyond the border of architecture to graphic design, furniture, art glass, linens, and decorative objects for the home. Pico Design's Frank Lloyd Wright Collection is a result of a partnership that provides direct access to Wright's vast portfolio of architectural drawings and sketches, which are the basis for the original jewelry designs in this collection. Revenue supports the conservation and educational programs of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.
Oak Park Collection
Pico created The Oak Park collection as an adaptation of the playroom windows of Frank Lloyd Wright's Home and Studio in Oak Park, IL. The home, built in 1889, was remodeled in 1895, when extensive changes were made to the original structure. Among the changes was the addition of a children's playroom, a light filled room with rows of art glass windows along the north and south walls. Gold vermeil represents the amber colored glass, and sterling silver creates a simple framework.
In 1912, Avery Coonley asked Frank Lloyd Wright to build an addition to Wright's original 1907 estate design. The addition was to be a separate playhouse where his wife would teach kindergarten. The Coonley Playhouse windows incorporate iconic images of a parade, including balloons, American flags and confetti, and represent a departure from Wright's signature straight lines. This collection is based on one of Wright's original unbuilt window concepts for the space. In these designs, Pico captures the playful spirit of the original window designs in sterling silver.
The Rookery building, located in Chicago's downtown Financial District, was originally completed in 1888. In 1905, Frank Lloyd Wright redesigned the sky-lit lobby. The Rookery, added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970, stands as one of the most highly recognized buildings in Chicago. Pico's inspiration for this collection was the metalwork on the elaborate stairwell balustrade in the central lobby of the building.