TIMELESS DESIGN AND FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUILDINGS

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TIMELESS DESIGN AND FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT’S BUILDINGS

Timeless design will last for years and is made up of classic and essential pieces that will never go out of style. When referring to fashion and timepieces, Cate & Nelson Watches have a timeless design. They reflect the sobriety of Scandinavian design by taking away the classic elements and creating a new design language in which every detail has a functional use. Functional use is also one of the characteristics of modern architecture. Frank Lloyd Wright, an American architect whose work had a great impact on modern architecture in Europe, believed that “form and function are one”, and created a philosophy called “organic architecture”.

Wright’s qualities of organic architecture include an open plan, a blurring of the boundaries between interior and exterior, and the use of new materials such as steel and concrete. Due to his great impact on the development of modern architecture of the 20th century, 8 of his buildings were named UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  1. Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) -1959

    One of the most famous art museums of the world. Cylindrical building, wider at the top than at the bottom, conceived as a "temple of the spirit".
     
  2. Unity Temple (Chicago) -1908

    A Unitarian Universalist church in Oak Park, Illinois, considered by many as the first modern building in the world.

  3. Frederick C. Robie House (Chicago) -1909

    Now on the campus of the University of Chicago, the building was designed as a single family home. Renowned as the greatest example of Prairie School.

  4. Taliesin (Wisconsin) -1911

    The estate of Frank Lloyd Wright. Over the course of Wright's residency two major fires led to significant alterations.

  5. Hollyhock House (Los Angeles) -1922

    Originally designed as a residence, noted for developing an influential architectural aesthetic, which combined indoor and outdoor living spaces.

  6. Fallingwater (Pennsylvania) -1936

    Built partly over a waterfall, the house was designed as a family's weekend home. One of Wright's greatest masterpieces both for its dynamism and for its integration with its striking natural surroundings.

  7. Jacob's House (Wisconsin) -1937

    A single family home, considered by most to be the first Usonian home.

  8.  Taliesin West (Arizona) -1937

    Frank Lloyd Wright's winter home and school in the desert from 1937 until his death in 1959.

The buildings were all designed and built on the first half of the 20th century, and they all offer innovative solutions to the needs for housing, worship, work or leisure. Although some of Wright’s works received criticism, the architect has influenced generations of architects worldwide, and in 1991 he was recognized by the American Institute of Architects as “the greatest American architect of all times”.

In a similar fashion as Wright’s organic architecture, Cate & Nelson Watches also tries to break free of traditional forms and facilitate modern life. Cate and Nelson Watches were created to be worn by people who love craftsmanship and design, and for whom ease of use is a requirement. The goal was to create a unisex watch, with a well-balanced aesthetic that appeals to people all around the world. We consider a watch a powerful tool that not only tells time but also communicates a personal sense of style and living.

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