16 The view to the horizon
Frank Lloyd Wright bemoaned the beautiful buildings he could have made if he didn’t have
to cut holes in them. Then he discovered ways to free inhabitants to view the outside world.
30 From the top down
The quest for light, not height, drove late 19th-century skyscraper design in Chicago, writes
Meredith L Clausen. As a result, natural light delivered from above played a paramount role
throughout Frank Lloyd Wright’s career
42 Doors of perception
Light is fundamental to the work of artist Wolfgang Buttress, discovers Jill Entwistle.
‘Like sound, it’s ephemeral, it’s fluid, it moves,’ he says. ‘It reminds us what it is to be human’
67 Leonardo on light
Leonardo da Vinci spent a lifetime studying light and how to wield it in painting.
Robert Langkjaer-Bain unearths what the Renaissance man learned
84 Mind over material
With his use of everything from Kevlar to concrete, Marc Sadler reveals the aesthetic potential
of the purely technical, redefining the traditional and reducing designs to their essence
106 Passing the torch
Although Swedish design’s reputation is rooted in craftsmanship, mass production enabled
it to flourish – a tale mirrored by the story of ateljé Lyktan
119 Design File
VOLUME 49 ISSUE 04 2017 SINCE 1969
Cover: Playing with perception through reflection, Lucent by Wolfgang Buttress in the lobby of the
John Hancock Center, Chicago. Picture by Mark Hadden
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