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11 Dec - 2019

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Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation grows Licensing Program with the launch of three new licensed product lines for holiday shoppers

The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has introduced over fifty new products in collaboration with three new licensees. The collections are inspired not only by Wright’s architecture, but also his surface designs and his use of natural materials. Classic Rug Collection, Inc. brings Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired rugs back to the marketplace for the first time in over 50 years. KONZUK, creators of architecturally inspired handcrafted concrete jewelry, introduces over thirty pieces of wearable architecture. The ATOM Brick of Chicago, Illinois offers interconnecting building brick kits, allowing design enthusiasts to create miniature versions of Wright buildings.

Barbara Barran, President of Classic Rug Collection, Inc. of Brooklyn, New York, has created rug collections at two price points. The “Frank Lloyd Wright Signature Series” is comprised of fine, hand- knotted rugs from Nepal and hand-tufted rugs from Thailand. This series will be marketed to the architecture and interior design community. The moderately-priced “Frank Lloyd Wright Usonian” lines, named after Wright’s series of homes designed for middle income families in the 1930s, will feature American made floor cloths, and cotton, hand-woven flat weaves made in India; this line will be sold at Wright venues and museum stores, through catalogs, and on classicrugcollection.com.

The “Frank Lloyd Wright Signature Series” rugs can be ordered in any size, to the inch, and in a variety of manufacturing techniques; custom colors are available. Classic Rug Collection, Inc. can also work with architects and designers to create custom rugs inspired by Wright’s designs.

“We are delighted to reintroduce rugs to our Frank Lloyd Wright licensed home goods program,” said Stuart Graff, President and CEO of the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation. “When Wright launched his licensing program in 1955, rugs were a key component of the collection. With the 65th anniversary of our licensing program approaching in 2020, this is the perfect time to revisit his rug designs and introduce Wright’s reimagined rug designs to a new generation of design enthusiasts.”

Karen Konzuk, owner of Vancouver, British Columbia based KONZUK, found inspiration in the foundational geometric forms and unembellished materials used in Wright’s architectural projects. The debut collection features necklaces, earrings, rings and cufflinks. The items will be available at Wright venues, museum stores, and on konzukshop.com.

Former LEGO Master Builder Adam Reed Tucker recently debuted his company, The ATOM Brick of Chicago, Illinois, which offers a variety of educational souvenirs. The first collection of Frank Lloyd Wright building kits include the Darwin D. Martin House, and two structures recently designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Taliesin West and Unity Temple. The kits, currently available for preorder on theatombrick.com and will ship in February 2020. A second collection is planned for Spring 2020 release, and will feature an additional five of Wright’s building designs, including several more of Wright’s UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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