|Larkin building wall sconce|
|Martin Living room table|
A Larkin building wall sconce sold recently via Urban Remains of Chicago bears the conjoined circle and square motif familiar to followers of the Martin House: distinctive tables Wright designed for the Martin living room and reception room have tops of the same geometric configuration. In the case of the Martin tables, this unusual shape may have been the whimsical resolution of a difference of opinion between architect and client. As part of his tout ensemble furnishing scheme for the Martin House, Wright proposed square or rectangular tables for the living room and reception room. Mrs. Martin, however, desired round tables. Apparently, Wright decided to give her both, resulting in the tables as built. The reason for transferring the circle-in-square motif to the Larkin building sconces is unclear, beyond the Larkin commission sharing Wright's drafting board with the Martin House in those years in general.
|Detail, entry of Williams House|
|Plan, Temple of Heaven, Beijing|