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Frank Lloyd Wright and Kitchen Design

May 8, 20171 comment

Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen in Minnesota

The Beauty and Brilliance of Frank Lloyd WrightFrank Lloyd Wright kitchen in Minnesota

The influence of Frank Lloyd Wright on American design and culture is well known.  As prolific as he was, many of his buildings have not survived. So, it’s a rare treat when a home he designed comes on the market.  And, it is even more rare when the building is in virtually the same condition as it was conceived by the Architect!  This is the case with the Paul Olfelt house in St Louis Park, MN.

One of the ways he changed design was that he favored bold yet simple forms.  This reflected the growth of Modernism that was an influential movement of the time. His view of building and site integration was also new.  His buildings reflected their surroundings and fit their sites in a more natural way.

FLW handled the kitchen and living spaces in a novel and innovative way.  He started to remove the walls between the kitchen workspace and the living areas.  You can see this in the Malcom Willey house (also in Minnesota) that he designed nearly 30 years earlier.

Malcom Willey houseFrank believed in Organic Architecture.  This meant that he saw all the elements of the house, right down to the furnishings, as a unified whole.  A client of FLW not only got the design for the home, but all the furniture that was to be used in the rooms.  Naturally, this included the kitchen cabinets.

Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen in MinnesotaHe rejected gaudy use of “applied ornamentation.”  In the case of millwork, he let the grain pattern be the natural ornamentation.

When the CliqStudios product development team started working to offer a new door style, we wanted it to be a departure from our current offerings.  Our cabinet catalog already contained many variations of traditional door styles, but even our modern-looking Dayton style doors could be too much for Frank.

Since many of the staff at CliqStudios have interior design and/or architecture backgrounds, most were well versed in FLW and fans of his work.  We decided to embrace many elements of his signature style and went to work.

Style-31 Slab Style DoorThe result was CliqStudio’s “Style-31” door style.  It is a “slab” style door that has its aesthetic statement in its simplicity.  Available in beautiful oak and cherry veneers, the naturally rich grain of the wood is the only ornamentation.  As Frank would have said, we have simply, “…allowed the material to be honest to itself.”

Nearly all of Frank Lloyd Wright’s kitchen designs feature cabinets which could be easily mistaken for Style-31 on the surface.  Going deeper beyond the cabinet doors, CliqStudios engineers have brought FLW’s timeless design into the 21st century.  All Style-31 cabinets are built to the same exacting CliqStudios construction standards, and all include as standard the famous Blum Soft-Closing door hinges and drawer glides — an unimaginable feature in Frank’s day.

Let our designers show you how we can bring the simplicity of form and honesty of materials to your home with Style-31 cabinets from CliqStudios.  Your kitchen can mimic the brilliance of Frank Lloyd Wright’s beautiful design sense, while being fully updated for modern lifestyles with plenty of storage and convenience built into every cabinet!


This property is offered by Berg+Larsen; Berg Larsen Group of Coldwell Banker Burnet:
Frank Lloyd Wright kitchen in Minnesota

• Property address: 2206 Parklands Lane, St Louis Park MN
• Neighborhood: Lake Forest
• List Price: $1,395,000
• Bedroom: 3
• Baths: 2
• Total finished square feet: 2,647
• Description:
Rare Frank Lloyd Wright designed home offered for sale for the first time by original owners. Incredible location, close to downtown Minneapolis, yet set on 3.77 extremely private acres at the end of a quiet cul de sac. Incredible light filled property takes superb advantage of its site overlooking grassy meadow abundant with wildlife. Vaulted great room with walls of glass and extensive built-ins. Many custom features. Three bedrooms on main level. Lower level family room. Once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

• Still photo credit: LANDMARK PHOTOGRAPHY
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• Barry Berg and Chad Larsen are the co-listing agents. They are both licensed REALTORS, business partners, and team leaders of Berg Larsen Group of Coldwell Banker Burnet.
• To schedule a showing, contact: 612.925.8411 /


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