The Wonderful Beginnings Of The Prairie Style
Although you may have heard of the ultra-trendy mid-century modern because it seems to be all the rage these days. We agree it is a pretty fantastic style. However, what you may not realize is this design style and many others came to be in large part by the influence of designer Frank Lloyd Wright. He was an amazing and prolific architect/designer who is widely recognized as the grandfather of the mid-century modern style which is still revered and relevant today. He also created the Prairie style which is as much of an aesthetic as it is a philosophy and one he had a lot of passion for. Today it is still one of the most popular stained glass styles on the market, and for good reason–it is stunning. Read below to find out why.
What Is Prairie Style Stained Glass
You likely envision the American prairie as endless fields with distinct horizon lines stretching on for miles and miles without constraint. This type of expanse filled full of light and openness is exactly the feel that Wright was trying to convey in his architecture and stained glass. Dramatic lines that zig-zagged evenly without intrusion on inside or outside world are the hallmarks of Wright’s work. He was very interested in how light entered a room and considered it, as well as the glass, a key part of the design of a house. The integrity of the materials he used, from stone to wood to glass and everything in between was very important to him. This meant he did not want to try and hide or change the glass but rather allow the glass to be itself in the chosen environment. Similarly, he wanted everything he designed in the Prairie Style to blend with its natural setting–not interfere.
As you can see the results were stunning.
His work was considered by many to be ahead of its time but still somehow echo a simpler, more natural time. Since his work is just as home in the natural world as it was in an urban setting, it is utterly ubiquitous. Wright’s use of colors was minimal, so as not overwhelm, and he always leaned towards mixing bursts of color with mostly clear glass. His intersecting, geometric lines allowed his prairie style work to be both intriguing but still at peace the natural world all around. Frank Lloyd Wright was definitely ahead of his time but the uniqueness and volume of his work, lead one to believe, regardless of what era he lived in he would still be a pioneer of his day.
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Colorado Springs Stained Glass For All Your Prairie Style Stained Glass Needs
At Colorado Springs 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 Colorado Springs home, contact us today for more information and to schedule a design consultation with one of our Prairie Style experts