Frank Lloyd Wright Prairie Style Table Lamp

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Project by rdwile posted 01-23-2013 03:57 PM 4614 views 62 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have always been a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright and the Prairie School of design. I think the elegant horizontal symmetry really appeals to me. I built this lamp from a plan in Woodowrkers Journal from the mid-90’s and was my first foray into stained glass work – I fear it will indeed be my last as well. Several trips to the glass store to get replacements was a frustration indeed.

Not only did this project include glass work, the structure for the shade is bent bar steel and of course the electrical, which was pretty straighforward.

The primary wood in this lamp is cherry, and the black painted wood is poplar. A bit of cherry and curly maple veneer finish the top of the base for an understated but very elegant look. This lamp holds a prominant place in my home office and has received many comments during its time there.

Thanks for looking,


-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 01-23-2013 04:20 PM

Wow that’s way cool,woodworking +glass work +metal work this all =s talent galore and a amazing lamp.GREAT job.

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 05:02 PM

that is beautiful, I am a big fan of his style. you did an excellent job on the Glass work.

-- Steve - Wasilla, Alaska

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 05:15 PM

Very nicely done—cool!

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#4 posted 01-23-2013 05:17 PM

That captures the prairie perfectly!
Well done.

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#5 posted 01-23-2013 06:15 PM


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#6 posted 01-23-2013 07:14 PM

It is a wonderful looking lamp Richard. It doesn’t look oriental , but it has of the same appeal with it’s simple. yet dynamic lines. very nicely crafted project and well worth the effort you made to construct it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 01-23-2013 08:10 PM

Great job! An excellent conversation piece.


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#8 posted 01-23-2013 08:21 PM

That is a pretty project!

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#9 posted 01-23-2013 09:00 PM

thatsa a beautiful pc of work very very nice, I plan on building a Tiffany style wooden lamp someday soon, but you have inspired me with this great pc of work

-- Stevo, work in tha city woodshop in the country

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#10 posted 01-23-2013 09:17 PM

Very nice. Great looking project. Thanks for sharing.

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#11 posted 01-23-2013 09:18 PM

Richard that is so cool I could see it in many different locations
It would also blend into any style. The finished item has it all.
Well worth all the effort.

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#12 posted 01-23-2013 09:32 PM

like it looks great

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#13 posted 01-23-2013 10:10 PM

Gorgeous and it exudes warmth.
I too always appreciated Frank lloyd Wright visions and designs.


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#14 posted 01-23-2013 10:17 PM

Love the lamp! Love the guitar in the BG too.

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#15 posted 01-23-2013 10:25 PM

Super nice lamp : )

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