Explore different facets of Fallingwater, Frank Lloyd Wright and the Kaufmann family in Fallingwater's Speyer Gallery, featuring an annual exhibition free to all Fallingwater visitors. Funded, in part, by the Alexander C. & Tillie S. Speyer Foundation, the Speyer Gallery is accessible in the Visitor Center and open during regular business hours.
The Speyer Gallery is located in Fallingwater's Visitor Center
Eleanor Pritchard – Framing a View
London-based weave designer Eleanor Pritchard spent a week at Fallingwater to capture its creative energy and bring to life a special textile, “Ffenestr.” The design process is the basis for Eleanor Pritchard – Framing a View, a show meant to offer insight into a contemporary designer’s work process with a behind-the-scenes view of one response to Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture and the artwork, objects and textiles used in the house as well as those in Fallingwater’s collection.
The textile’s name, Ffenestr, is Welsh for window, and a nod to Wright’s heritage. Drawing inspiration from the southern window wall of Edgar J. Kaufmann jr.’s third floor study, Pritchard created a pattern based on its clear glass and “Cherokee” red-painted steel sash that meets the house’s stone chimney mass.
The exhibition features a full-size recreation of Pritchard’s cork studio storyboard wall and samples she produced of the Ffenestr design process, images of the southwest Wales mill where the textile was woven, and archival materials and textiles from Fallingwater’s archive. Framing a View also casts light on the extensive archive of textiles within Fallingwater’s collection, which include contemporary fabrics by American designers as well as African kuba cloths, Indonesian ikats and Scottish tartans.
This exhibition, displayed in the Speyer Gallery at the Fallingwater Visitor Center, continues through December 2019.
Ffenestr will soon be available as a blanket and a pillow cover exclusively through the Fallingwater Museum Store.
To read more about Eleanor Pritchard’s stay at Fallingwater and the development of Ffenestr, visit Eleanorpritchard.com/journal.