Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired design at Republican National Convention

The framing on the screens at the Tampa Bay Times Forum is reminiscent of Wright's early work

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By Devin Rose

Staff Reporter

Oak Parkers watching the Republican National Convention closely this week may have noticed a bit of Frank Lloyd Wright's architectural style in Tampa.

At the Tampa Bay Times Forum where the RNC is being held, the framing on the stage's large video screens was inspired by Wright's residential architecture, the convention's lead production designer told the Los Angeles Times.

Jim Fenhagen said he pulled together the Wright references after some searches on Google, though they are relatively faint, the Times article says. The frames that appear to be wood are actually made of vinyl and various laminates, but are seen on television as cherry, mahogany and walnut. The style draws from Wright's Prairie Style houses of his early career.

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65 Days Until The National Nightmare Is Over  

Posted: September 2nd, 2012 8:46 PM

Tick Tock........

Tired of Taxes from Oak Park  

Posted: September 1st, 2012 3:48 PM

Actually I think the FLW reference was appropriate: FLW was all about architectural excellence, and not worrying about whether people like you or not. FLW was a risk taker who did "build it himself".

OP   

Posted: September 1st, 2012 10:36 AM

Makes sense the ideas are about the same age as put forth Frank's early days.

freehen from op  

Posted: September 1st, 2012 6:50 AM

Two very insightfull comments.

Carrie Marling Bankes from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 12:39 PM

And the empty chair was Herman Miller-inspired.

Kevin Cassidy  

Posted: August 31st, 2012 10:58 AM

"The frames that appear to be wood are actually made of vinyl and various laminates, but are seen on television as cherry, mahogany and walnut." A similar discrepency between substance and appearance extends to the convention's candidates.

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