Where Did The Prairie Style Begin?
You likely have heard the term mid-century modern because it seems to be all the rage these days. That is understandable because it is a pretty fantastic home style. What you may not realize is this design style and many others were inspired, in large part by a designer called Frank Lloyd Wright. He was a talented and prolific architect/designer who is widely recognized as the grandfather of many different interiors and architectural styles that are still revered and as relevant today as they were when he lived–in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much acclaim is given to the Prairie Style which basically was a philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright invented and had a passion for. Today it is still one of the most popular stained glass styles on the market, and for good reason–it is lovely. Read below to find out why.
What Is Prairie Style Stained Glass?
When you think about something as simple as the prairie, you probably imagine endless fields and crisp horizon lines stretching on for miles and miles unabated. This type of expanse filled full of light and openness is precisely what Wright wanted to convey in his architecture and stained glass. Dramatic horizontal lines that zig-zagged meticulously without intrusion into the inside or outside world are hallmarks of Wright’s work. He was intensely interested in how light entered a room and considered it, as well as the glass, an integral part of the design of a house. He was obsessed with the integrity of the materials he used, from stone to wood to glass and everything in between. This meant he did not want to try and hide or change the glass but rather allow the glass to exist as itself in the chosen environment. Similarly, he wanted everything he designed in the Prairie Style to harmonize with a natural setting–not interfere.
The results, as you can see, were amazing.
His work was ahead of its time and considered modern in the 19th and 20th centuries, but somehow had echoes of a simpler, more natural time. It ended up that it was just as at home in the natural world as it was in an urban setting, yet still, the echoes of nature were unmistakable. His use of colors was limited but bold and he had a penchant towards mixing pops of color with mostly clear glass. His intersecting lines allowed his prairie style work to be both outstanding but still at peace the natural world all around. Frank Lloyd Wright was definitely ahead of his time but the sheer uniqueness and breadth of his work, lead us to believe no matter what era he lived in he would still be a pioneer of his day.
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Houston Stained Glass For All Your Prairie Style Stained Glass Needs
At Houston Stained Glass we greatly respect the genius that is the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Prairie Style. We create glass in this style for our customers to honor him and to keep the legacy of artistic perfection alive today. If you are interested in a prairie style stained glass window for your Houston home, contact us today for more information and to schedule a design consultation with one of our Prairie Style experts.