Frank Lloyd Wright sought to inspire the American middle class to live a more beautiful life—and his Usonian homes and the furniture he designed for them supported his goal of making good design accessible to everyone.
While Wright’s architecture is well known, his textile and furniture designs are somewhat less exposed. Fortunately, the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation has teamed up with Inside Weather to launch Usonia—a capsule collection of affordable furnishings inspired by Wright’s Usonian designs, with special nods to Fallingwater, the Honeycomb House, and Taliesin West.
The collection is manufactured in the USA by Inside Weather—a direct-to-consumer furniture brand that launched in December 2018. The company offers accessibly-priced pieces that are made in America, so they were a natural fit for the collaboration.
“The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation reached out to us about a year ago, as they were looking to work with a US-based brand that had a similar ethos/mission—providing simple, effective, and beautiful designs at an accessible price point,” explains Inside Weather’s CEO Ben Parsa. “We really hit the ground running with their team, and it’s been a collaborative process to design the Usonia collection.”
To create the collection, the Foundation and Inside Weather dove into Frank Lloyd Wright’s product archives and architectural designs. Now, after a year of working through details, Usonia is launching—and according to the brand, this is just the beginning. “We’re very excited about the partnership, and there’s more to come,” says Parsa. “Our product development team is currently working on more FLW-inspired designs that will launch over the next few months.”
Select items from the collection are available in limited quantities for preorder starting April 10. In addition, 16 print upholstery options based on Wright’s 1955 textile designs will be available later this Spring, and additional silhouettes and categories will launch shortly thereafter.