Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Cabaret Theater

Frank Lloyd Wright designed a very interesting theater at Taliesin West. You walk along a pathway into the back of the theater and then walk down to a seat. The first photo shows the great design in the wall of the theater.

The seating in the Cabaret Theater is quite clever. Wright designed the seating so you can look and talk to the person next to you without getting a crick in your neck.  He angled the seating ever so slightly so you can actually put your arm around the person next to you and talk to them and still watch the movie with no neck pain!   

In the second photo you can see our tour group sitting in the seats and listening to the architect/docent who is sharing all types of information, including that Wright designed the in-floor lighting system for this theater and it was the first in-floor lighting system ever. 

He failed to patent it, but everyone started using it for airplanes, theaters, and more.  Wright liked to create items, but was not as concerned about patents.  

17 comments:

Olivier said...

un superbe plafond étoilé.

a beautiful starry ceiling

cieldequimper said...

Ingenious indeed. The distinct "French" flair of Morocco is easily explained by history and the fact that it seems to have become a Paris annex lately. I'm glad you had a good time.

Jim said...

I like those windows. Who knew that he came up with lights in the floor, neat.

B Squared said...

Too bad more were not like him. Too much concern with royalties and payback today.

Lois said...

That is so interesting about the in floor lighting system. I never knew that! I like the wall too.

Sharon said...

I love the unique way this room was designed.

henny said...

I would stare on the ceiling all the time if I was there.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

Here's an odd coincidence. The woman whose blond hair is shown in the lower left corner of your second photo is my mother-in-law, which I know because I was present when you took your photo. I featured a photo of her with a monkey in Costa Rica on my website today.

So, she is being shown in two different Daily Photo websites on the same day, and her computer is not working so she will not see either photo today.

JM said...

Hi, Julie! Nice to have you back! Glad you enjoyed Marocco, I knew you would! :-)

The Frank Lloyd Wright series is just fantastic! Difficult to say there is a favourite shot!

By the way, maybe you like to check my 'Nature at home' blog to see what's going on on my balcony now! :-)

Vogon Poet said...

The ceiling is wonderful, but may be really distracting!

Daily Chicago Photo said...

Great info about the floor lighting - I didn't know that. I like the photo of the window area.

Jacob said...

What a mind the man had to think through all these various facets of life in the desert!

Nice shots!

magicpolaroid said...

the first photo is great! I cant wait see ur report photos from Morocco!

mo'ikeha said...

Nearly six years since I last occupied thoughts about light and how it could be used, allowing to see the others person face while talking to him/her.
Eventhough living in Greece, and probably not able to see those beautiful places you show close enought to touch, I really enjoy your photography.

Donna j. Gehl said...

I'll never forget my time seeing this for the first time. I learned so much about Frank Llyod Wright seeing it in person too. Thanks for sharing.

TORUŃ DAILY PHOTO said...

A great pic...and thanks for a great comment! Greetings from TORUN DAILY PHOTO here in Poland!

Neva said...

This is lovely....for Frank.:)

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