Frank

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Sculptural, unique, and functional: exactly what you can expect from Markian.

Frank, perfectly imperfect. The largest size in our Frank Lloyd Wright set, Frank is captivating and organic, with ceramicist Kim Aitken's handmade touch still felt well after the pieces have been fired. A stunning vessel to display vibrant fruit or fresh salads, Frank will wow your dinner guests. 

The full set, Frank Lloyd Wright, consists of three bowls of varying height and diameter. When displayed, the full configuration is an impressive and playful addition to your space. 

About the Collaboration

Kim Aitken is an Australian ceramicist living and working in Brisbane.

"I am a ceramic artist, a maker of pots with a studio practice in the beautiful bay area of Brisbane. I have been working with clay for over 12 years and still find it a creative challenge that inspires me. Well executed work that maintains the hand of the maker is a fundamental aspect of my artistic process.

I work with Australian Midfire clay using slipcast and hand-building techniques. Each piece may be organic in shape but is made with functionality and strength in mind and has a tactile quality while still being useful.

It is my hope that each piece is a celebration of our wonderful Australian lifestyle and brings a considered aesthetic to the homes it may go to."

Materials & Care

Australian Midfire clay is used in the Kim Aitken by Markian range.

All pieces are food & dishwasher safe; however, they are delicate, so please handle them with care. We recommend handwashing. 

Kim Aitken's pieces are mainly handbuilt. Handbuilding, the earliest known method of creating ceramics, is a technique in which one forms clay with hands and simple tools. This technique ensures each piece that Kim creates is unique and maintains an organic and tactile quality. Once the design and creation are finalised, the pieces are glazed and fired at 1240 degrees and are fully functional. 

Dimensions

Individual bowl: 110mm (H) x 280mm (diameter)

Set: Frank 110mm (H) x 280mm (diameter), Lloyd 120mm (H) x 240mm (diameter), Wright 140mm (H) x 200mm (diameter)

Namesake

“The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes. If you foolishly ignore beauty, you will soon find yourself without it. Your life will be impoverished. But if you invest in beauty, it will remain with you all the days of your life.” - Frank Lloyd Wright.

Frank Lloyd Wright changed the way we build and live. Designing 1,114 architectural works of all types — 532 of which were realised — he created some of the most innovative spaces in the United States. With a career that spanned seven decades before his death in 1959, Wright’s visionary work cemented his place as the American Institute of Architects’ “greatest American architect of all time.”

Frank Lloyd Wright was born on June 8, 1867, in Richland Center, Wisconsin, to parents William and Anna, a gifted musician, orator, preacher and composer, and a teacher, respectively.

In 1876, Anna saw an exhibit of educational blocks called the Froebel Gifts, the foundation of an innovative kindergarten curriculum. Anna, a trained teacher, was excited by the program and bought a set with which the 9-year old Wright spent much time playing. The blocks in the set were geometrically shaped and could be assembled in various combinations to form two- and three-dimensional compositions. In his autobiography, Wright described the influence of these exercises on his approach to design: "For several years, I sat at the little kindergarten table-top... and played... with the cube, the sphere and the triangle— these smooth wooden maple blocks... All are in my fingers to this day... "

In 1886, at age 19, he wanted to become an architect; he was admitted to the University of Wisconsin–Madison as a special student and worked under Allan D. Conover, a professor of civil engineering, before leaving the school without taking a degree. Lloyd Wright worked in architectural firms Silsbee and Adler & Sullivan before establishing his own practice on the top floor of the Sullivan-designed Schiller Building on Randolph Street in Chicago.

Determined to create an indigenous American architecture, Lloyd Wright set the standards for what became known as the Prairie Style over the next sixteen years. These houses reflected the long, low horizontal prairie on which they sat with low-pitched roofs, deep overhangs, no attics or basements, and generally long rows of casement windows that further emphasised the horizontal theme. 

From 1917 to 1922, Llyod Wright worked and lived in Japan, with his architectural style having a strong influence on young Japanese architects. Though most famous as an architect, Wright was an active dealer in Japanese art, primarily ukiyo-e woodblock prints. He frequently served as both architect and art dealer to the same clients; he designed a home, then provided the art to fill it.

His significant later works include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York City, Taliesen West in Scottsdale, Arizona, and Fallingwater, Pennsylvania, one of Wright's most famous private residences (completed 1937). Constructed over a 30-foot waterfall, Fallingwater was designed according to Wright's desire to place the occupants close to the natural surroundings. 

On April 4, 1959, Wright was hospitalised for abdominal pains and was operated on April 6. He seemed to be recovering, but he died quietly on April 9 at the age of 91 years.