"Reading Wright" at Madlener 11/19

“Reading Wright” Lecture by
Lloyd Natof at Madlener House

Thursday, November 19th, 2009
5:30 Reception
6:00 – 7:00 Lecture followed by Q & A

Location: Madlener House – Graham Foundation
4 West Burton Place Chicago, IL

A joint program of
The American Society of Interior Designers Illinois Chapter
The Society of Architectural Historians Chicago Chapter
More than Frank Lloyd Wright's buildings, his furniture is problematic for designers - many of the pieces make sense within the context of the buildings they were designed for but individually they can be almost too idiomatic. We know instantly that they are by Wright but it is difficult to see through their very distinctive shapes to the underlying design principles.

Reading Wright organizes and provides commentary on the various compositional effects present in the furniture of Frank Lloyd Wright.

S. Lloyd Natof is a studio furniture artist in Chicago and has been living with and looking at Wright's furniture all of his life. For more information on Mr. Natof’s studio and his own work go to

About Madlener House
A masterpiece of early 20th century residential architecture, Madlener House was built in 1901–02 and is the work of architect Richard E. Schmidt and designer Hugh M. G. Garden. In 1905 Architectural Record, called the house "exceptional" in its interior design. After a century, Madlener House stands out as an unusually successful amalgamation of tradition and innovation in architecture, a harmonious reflection of its time and place. In its compact, cubic massing the house is related to the German neoclassical work of Karl Friedrich Schinkel and his followers in Berlin, but in many of its details it clearly reveals the influence of Louis Sullivan and Frank Lloyd Wright.
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This program is underwritten by Perfection Custom Closets

FREE for Members of SAHCC Members & ASIDIL Members. $10 for Guests
Space is Limited. Reserve Early.SAH Chicago Chapter Members RSVP to
sahchicago@gmail.com or Keith at 708-358-1394