A piano planter? Ginko colors? I know, Wright?

I don’t steal things from other sites for my own posts, but I came across this post by my friend Eric Jackson-Forsberg, the curator for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House Complex. It was on the Martin House blog he writes, The Weekly Wright-up. It intersects my interest in all things gardening and my Wright fascination.

Here’s a different piano design
by Wright, designed for another
house — also not buil

It’s a piano Wright designed for the Martin House (never built) that actually had planters built into it. It doesn’t say so, but I would assume Wright would have also spec’d the plants he’d have intended for the planters.

I’m no piano expert (okay, I know nothing about pianos, or any instrument, for that matter) but I cannot imagine a “…design that is a curious hybrid of baby grand and upright, with pier-like front legs that sport ovular planters” would be huge with piano players or music aficionados. Would it still sound good? Would the plants grow better with music? What music do plants like?

But damn! It would have looked good in the room. If I could have a piano like this, I’d learn to play.

Photos from The Weekly Wright-up blog — the refurbished Reception Room colors
seem to be inspired by neighborhood ginkgo trees.

If you visit his blog, please also check out his post on Wright’s interior color designs and choices. He makes an argument the the interior colors used in rooms throughout the house were derived from ginkgo trees in Fall from the surrounding Frederic Law Olmsted-designed neighborhood. It’s mere conjecture, but knowing Wright, by his own admission, was inspired by the organic colors of nature it seems plausible. And then, if you see the one (nearly) finished room at the house, you’d believe it too.

I have a long-time garden blog, a popular garden on America's largest garden tour, and have co-written a book on garden design titled, "Buffalo-Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs" When I'm not doing all that, I am an advertising designer always out looking to design things to promote your business. Look me up at #jcharlier.

0 comments on “A piano planter? Ginko colors? I know, Wright?

  1. Anonymous

    I would not have doubted those trees were inspiration. If they were another variety, probably not.


  2. So long, Frank Lloyd Wright, I can't believe your song was gone so soon. I barely learned the tune… (Thank you, Paul Simon)


  3. This is a better-quality article as they all are. I make fun of been wonder wide this an eye to some beat now. It’s great to receive this info. You are fair and balanced.


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